Mailbox: Bring back the quick tap!

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Dear James

A thought for an article – “The Quick Tap” seems to have all but disappeared from the game.

As a Salford fan of some 33 years,  I remember Steve Blakely being fond of a quick tap and running through inattentive defenders quite often.

I don’t recall a rule change to prevent the quick tap but its seems refs  are a lot keener to pull the play back for kick to touch rather than a quick tap

Your thoughts appreciated

Richard Wilkinson

Editor’s comment: You won’t watch many games where you can’t hear cat calls from the crowd when a player is prevented from taking a quick tap on the 20m. Usually, this is because the attacking team haven’t got back onside and the referee is well within his right to delay the play. A quick 20m tap can only be taken by the player who retrieves the ball, that’s the only real guidance offered on this. It’s a shame that over the years creativity and instinct has been stifled out of the game in preference for structured sets.

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