I have just started watching League and Union Rugby and have been trying to familiarize myself with the rules.
While watching this evening's NRL match between the Storm and Cowboys, a cowboys player was penalized for catching a forward-kicked ball that a storm player had kicked toward the try zone. Effectively, his grabbing the rolling, forward-kicked ball prevented it from rolling into the try zone.
Knowing that forward kicks can be caught and played in other contexts (such as a "punt" which is made before the 6th tackle is achieved) I was confused as to why this would not be allowed.
Also, earlier in the game, a Queensland player fell on top of a forward kicked ball to prevent it from going into the try zone after it had bounced off the post of the upright and this was okay. And, I know that a defending player can also lay on top of the ball in the try zone to prevent the offense from scoring.
What are the differences in these situations, or could someone please point me in the right direction for the rule on this?