A player can legally bump an opponent when the ball is within five metres.

  • Lean towards the opponent, pushing hard from the foot furthest from the opponent.
  • The arm is bent, with the elbow tucked into the side.
  • Make contact with the shoulder and upper arm – preferably when an opponent is settled on one foot, so he is easier to unbalance.
  • The bumping player should keep his feet on the ground at all times. Only bump when an opponent does not have the ball. If he does have the ball – apply a tackle.

Tip: To get the correct ‘feel’ of the bump, gently bump into a teammate and have him bump into you at the same time. This is usually done in the pre-game warm-up.