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    Posted: 16 Sep 2018 at 09:20
Has anyone noticed a trend for supporting players to give the ball carrier a little shove into contact. It strikes me as a very dangerous practice.

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Yes. The latch has always been taught but when I watched Bees v Stour at the start of the season I noticed quite a few Stour players pushing the ball carrier into contact. Unlike the latch the ball carrier loses control of where they are going and generally got smashed by a defender as they were off balance. No rules to say you can’t but is it as effective as a latch.... in my opinion.... no.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Insignificant Tick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2018 at 10:04
Agreed that it is dangerous. Its a sort of mini flying wedge which is outlawed.
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Agree that it is dangerous but often difficult for referees to spot particularly at the lower levels?
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I questioned this yesterday when used by Chinnor, it's a big part of their close play. Itcseems very dangerous to carrier and tackler.
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