Ductile fracture is characterized by a large amount of deformation. Two mechanisms may lead to ductile failure: local tearing may appear in front of a stress concentration region like a crack front or large geometry changes in a weak part of the structure can induce global collapse of the structure. For large cracks such as those considered in Leak Before Break studies, tearing analyses and net-section collapse criteria have been used. The present paper examines the link between these two mechanisms for a through-wall cracked pipe under bending and concludes that the transition from ductile tearing to collapse depends not only on material properties but also on geometrical parameters. The reference stress approach is a promising approach for predicting the transition, provided the transferability issue of j-resistance curve has been solved.