I was under the impression you cannot knock or play the scrum half as he is about to play the ball from the ruck, is this not correct?
Once the SH has lifted the ball off the floor the ruck is over. He can then be challenged providing the player doing comes from a legal position.
Slapping the ball straight down or back is OK. Deliberately slapping the ball forward is not.England number 9 is onside and slaps the ball out irish number 9s hands. Hes pinged. Is this ever legal and what law covers it? Thanks
+1.Yes, it was a deliberate knock forward. If it had gone backwards, it would have been okay.
And there is some inconsistency in the logic applied to the question of a legal position. For me, once the ball is off the floor and the ruck is over, the only people who are prevented from taking an active part in the game are those who were offside at the ruck but whom the ref chose not to punish in the absence of affecting the game. However, there are many instances in TV games where legal ex-ruckers are pinged for some mythical offence of not coming through the middle to impinge on the #9. I don't think we should copy them except where we are clear that the offence preceded the lifting of the ball.