> Right about the time that a try was changed from 4 points to 5, I seem to
> recall a bit of a discussion about a change in the laws that had something
> to do with awarding a scrum to the non-attacking team rather than the team
> "moving forward" in some situations. However, I can't seem to find it in a
> 1997 copy of the Laws. Did I misunderstand something way back when, or is
> it still in the Laws and I just missed it, or were the laws changed and
> then changed back?
We are talking rucks and mauls here I presume. The laws were initially
changed for both so that teams failing to quickly deliver the ball from rucks
or malls lost possession. The team that took the ball in therefore was
motivated to control it and use it quickly, the team that did not was
motivated to stop them without being too obvious since while it was legal to
try to win possession from the team controlling the ball, it was illegal to
deliberately impede the use of the ball by the team controlling it.
The laws were subsequently amended for rucks so that the team moving forward
gained possession in the event the ball could not be quickly delivered,
regardless of who had taken it into the ruck.
The law was also amended for mauls forming immediately after receiving the
ball from a kick. In this case the side which took the ball into the maul did
not lose possession in the event of the ball not being quickly delivered.
-- Rick Boyd
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