THE third-man up rule is back on the agenda after a controversial free kick was awarded to the Western Bulldogs with seconds left in the third quarter of the Good Friday clash.
The free kick was awarded against North Melbourne midfielder Andrew Swallow to Bulldog Josh Dunkley despite Dunkley’s teammate Marcus Bontempelli appearing to nominate for the ruck contest.
But the umpire, in paying the free kick, said Swallow shepherded Dunkley, who he believed was the nominated ruckman.
Confused? We don’t blame you.
“It’s a mess. It’s got to be cleaned up,” commentator Bruce McAvaney said on Channel Seven.
Kangaroo Todd Goldtsein was among a number of North Melbourne players to plead their case to the umpire, including signalling for him to watch the replay on the big screen.
The ruck rule has caused much controversy and confusion so far this season after the AFL banned the third-man up and introduced the nomination process.
— Jamie Tate (@jtate_heraldsun) April 14, 2017
In Round 2 Richmond’s Shaun Grigg exploited the rule by nominating for the ruck but standing metres off the contest, confusing Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard who gave away the free kick.
The AFL will review the rule with the Laws of the Game committee after Round 6.
Former Hawk and Eagle Xavier Ellis could see the lighter side of the situation at least.
I am glad the @AFL has cleared up the ruck issues from the year. The new rule has been introduced fairly smoothly from the naked eye.
— Xavier Ellis (@XaviEllis18) April 14, 2017
But footy fans, including Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut aren’t happy and are frustrated by the confusion surrounding the rule.
Not a fan of the 3rd man up rule. If extras contest ruck, so be it, extra players free/unmarked around contest.
— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) April 14, 2017
— Stuart Knight (@StuKnight73) April 14, 2017
— Andrew Hind (@iamtheoracle) April 14, 2017
— Matt (@Mattys123) April 14, 2017
— David Galbally (@djg_26) April 14, 2017
— Andrew Mock (@amock18) April 14, 2017
— Damon (@Damon_DT) April 14, 2017
This ruck business is an absolute joke #AFLNorthDogs
— Willhouse (@OldMateColvin) April 14, 2017
— Mike Mulgrew (@mikemulgs) April 14, 2017
Originally published as ‘It’s a mess. It’s got to be cleaned up’
SOURCE: newsnow sport