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Grounding the ball

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1. The ball can be grounded in in-goal:

a. By holding it and touching the ground with it; or
b. By pressing down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck.

2. Picking up a ball is not grounding it. A player may pick up the ball in in-goal and ground it elsewhere in in-goal.

3. An attacking player grounding the ball in in-goal scores a try.

4. When an attacking player holding the ball grounds the ball in in-goal and simultaneously makes contact with the touch-in-goal line or the dead-ball line (or anywhere beyond either), a 22-metre drop-out is awarded to the defending team.

5. When the ball-carrier grounds the ball in in-goal and simultaneously makes contact with the touch line (or the ground beyond), the ball is in touch in the field of play and a lineout is awarded to the opposition.

6. A defending player grounding the ball in in-goal results in a touch down.

7. If a tackled player has momentum that carries them into their own in-goal area, they can make a touch down.

8. A tackled player near their own goal line may reach out and ground the ball in in-goal to make a touch down, provided it is done immediately. Sanction: Penalty.

9. If a defending player grounds the ball against a goal post or its surrounding padding, the result is a touch down.

10. If a player is in touch or touch-in-goal, they can make a touch down or score a try by grounding the ball in in-goal provided they are not holding the ball.

11. If a tackled player is in the act of reaching out to ground the ball for a try or touch down, players may pull the ball from the player’s possession but must not kick or attempt to kick the ball. Sanction: Penalty.