Illusion of the forward pass

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by shtove, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Just saw Llanelli beat Munster, and there was talk about a forward pass for Munster's first try.

    This vid explains something I never understood before.

    The point is that, because of momentum, it's almost impossible for the ball NOT to move forward relative to the ground if a player is at full tilt and passes across his body. It becomes obvious with the example of passing back over your head - nobody would say it's forward, but the ball still moves forward. So the ref should judge the movement of the ball relative to the passing player.
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  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    But that pass was nothing to do with momentum, the ball literally pointed forwards when it was passed and gained 5m+. That's not momentum, simply a frustrated girls rugby (gridiron) player.
  4. SmokeyMonkey

    SmokeyMonkey Guest

    shtove, shouldnt Mark Jones's try been allowed then? You can't have it both ways.
  5. dobrien7

    dobrien7 Guest

    I think the ruling goes that as long as the first movement of the ball is propelling it back or across then it isn't a forward pass... so as long as you don't propel the ball forward in the act of passing, it's play on.
  6. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Only sharing something that I just learned. No point being made about the Munster try. It'll make me slower in future to jump up and shout "Ref, forward!!!!"
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