It’s not a new issue in rugby union – the forward pass. When I first started watching rugby I thought that if ball went forward, it was forward pass. But it’s not such a clear cut matter.
According to Rugby Dump.com:
“the ball must travel backwards out of the players hands, but can move forward through the air, due to basic physics.”
Basically the sped and momentum of the player transfers to the ball. It might be passed backwards but because the ball is travelling so quickly it appears to go forward. If you want to determine whether a pass if forward, it seems (basically) that you don’t need to look at the ball but at the hands of the player passing. If the hands finish up pointing backwards, the pass is ok.
What do you think?
You might have noticed that I’m a Northampton Saints fan…! We had a fantastic home victory yesterday, serving Saracens a huge defeat and narrowing the gap between us to only one point but I digress.
We flew through the game securing six tries. The Pisi brothers were integral in Luther Burrell’s trip over the whitewash in the 64th minute to score Saints penultimate try but there was some debate as to whether it involved a forward pass. You can see in an article from BT Sport, the assertion that a forward pass was involved but the TMO (television match official who can support the referee in checking video footage to ensure a correct verdict) checked the try and confirmed that the try could be awarded.
So does that make it any clearer and what do you think could be done to make sure bad calls aren’t made?