Gerry Thornley: High tackle rule should not be an experiment
World Rugby must be more proactive if it doesn’t want edict cursed with inconsistency
Scarlets’ Aled Davies is tackled by Ulster’s Sean Reidy before Scarlets are awarded a penalty try and a yellow card is given to Reidy. Photograph: Ben Evans/Presseye/Inpho
Like any significant directive or law amendment from World Rugby, the game’s global governing body, there will always be inconsistencies and teething problems, and it came as no surprise that this was the case on the first weekend of games following the implementation of the new laws regarding high tackles.
So it was with more stringent directives regarding the tackler releasing the carrier before contesting for the ball, making tip-tackles illegal and contests for the ball which accentuated the need for a duty of care from those challenging in the air. It’s worth stating that all three have, ultimately, worked to a large degree, albeit after the same teething problems.