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Post by R!skysports Wed 04 Dec 2013, 9:55 am

Over the years there has now been a tendency for dummy runners in the back line make a run to try to confuse (or block if cynical) the defenders to allow the ball carrier a little extra space. 

I understand the point of that, and while I think it is a very grey area in the laws, it now seems to be a normal tactic to have the dummy runners 15 yards ahead of the person who gets the ball.

For me, it seems a totally ridiculous concept to think that someone 15 yards ahead for a pass will have any impact on the defense, unless illegally blocking. What ever happened to close quarter miss passes, drawing the man and off loading quickly (so the 6 forwards in the back line actually had a use by tieing in defenders) and general skill of hands

Is it something that the IRB should look at, or is it just one of the aspects of a game that I do not like, but will have to live with...

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian Wed 04 Dec 2013, 10:22 am

They call it a screen, don't they? You're right that those players (usually forwards) don't seem to confuse the opposition defence much, so maybe they're there so they won't have as far to travel to the next breakdown.

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Post by Geordie Wed 04 Dec 2013, 11:02 am

Just another line of cheating introduced by the SH teams in an attempt to keep ahead of the rapidly closing NH teams....

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