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    Default Thrown Backwards, Bounces Forwards

    Question about the laws and hoping the refs on here can clarify for me.

    Player A throws a long pass out wide towards Player B. The pass is backwards but the ball doesn't reach Player B and then clearly bounces 2-3m forward on the ground, ahead of the line where Player A threw the ball. Player B picks it up and runs on to score. Should this be "thrown forward" and a scrum to the defending team - or is the bounce irrelevant as the initial pass was legal?

    [Asking for a grumpy Bath fan after Ulster's second try yesterday]

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    bounce is irrelevant. Try is good as long as player B was onside when the pass was thrown.
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    Default Re: Thrown Backwards, Bounces Forwards

    Why would you class it as "thrown forward" when it clearly was not?

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    Default Re: Thrown Backwards, Bounces Forwards

    1959 Laws
    If the ball is not passed forward, but after alighting on the ground, it bounces forward, the pass is in order.

    The point is so well established that the latest law book no longer bothers to spell it out.
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    Default Re: Thrown Backwards, Bounces Forwards

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Wakeham View Post
    Why would you class it as "thrown forward" when it clearly was not?
    The OP was asking a simple question on an issue which he clearly wasn't sure of.

    There are other scenarios where we do call a knock on when the ball clearly hasn't gone forward so it's not an unreasonable query!

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    Clearly. But Sorry I feel the answer is very clear and obvious.

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    From my game earlier....
    Grubber kick down field 15 is in position to deal with it..as he waits for the ball it suddenly pops up , hits him on the chest and goes a couple of metres forward, he regathers the ball and 3 phases later try is scored under the posts! What should I have done?

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    Play on! Again not difficult. Off his chest. = no knock forward.

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    Exactly....it's not difficult for you and me!!

    But my point is that most of the coaches, players and spectators thought it was the most clear and obvious knock on they had seen all season!

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    Default Re: Thrown Backwards, Bounces Forwards

    In that case they need to reference the law book.

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