Does anyone else think this dummy runner stuff needs to
be revisited? I've been getting more annoyed by it as the
weeks have gone by but today Rougerie was just running
straight into O'Driscoll and shoulder blocking him. There
was nothing dummy about it he was deliberately making
contact with the player and every time (about 5 or 6 times
in the game) with a shoulder block that stopped O'Driscoll
getting across. The other thing that struck was he ran on
the ball carrier side of O'Driscoll each time and blocked him
from getting across. As in clearly interfering with play.
Watching yesterday's games the same thing was going on,
the ball was being passed at the back of players who were
often already in front of the ball carrier and were put 10m
in front sometimes and those players kept putting
themselves in direct line between the defenders and where
the ball was being passed.
As far as I can tell you should actually be called offside if
you in any way are interfering with play, that must surely
include if you continue running ahead of play and are
blocking the line the defenders need to take to get to the
It seems like there isn't a play now that doesn't involve
players in offside positions either carrying on into the
opposition or dummy runners "accidentally" blocking
defenders as they try to cover across.
Yes it looks great with the ball being flung around but it's
cheating and it's getting ridiculous, there's now more
players from the carriers side in front of him than behind
him on these moves.