I love the guy lifting his kid in the air at 2:44 (just under the score top left) as Cummins goes over. He nearly throws him onto the field in his excitement. And the very formal handshake after the intercept try is one of the moments of the season for me. A lot of good rugby too, what an enjoyable game.
He is not saying it would be illegal to rip the ball out, he means that if the ball was deliberately ripped out then there would be a case for saying the Blues player knocked it back, rather than the Lions player knocking it on. But because there is no clear ripping action, the onus is on the Lions player to maintain possession in the tackle.
On the SuperXV.com site the full replay of the TMO process clearly shows the ball hitting the ground before the Lions' player's foot hits it, so the "he kicked it" option is not valid. Not that it ever was, in my opinion. It also shows the tackler's arm going across the front of the chest with no ripping action on the ball, and it is clearly not a high tackle. I agree with the SA commentators who are all dismayed by the decision .. and with SANZAR who now say this... »
I'm a 100% neutral, so I'm only going by what I can see in the vid. But it seems to me that SANZAR is wrong and the TMO was correct. The Sharks player reaches around the Bulls player and knocks the ball straight up in the air so that it comes down right above the next Bulls player in the lineout, who reaches up and taps it back to the halfback. As the TMO says, "no clear and obvious knock forward" and no interference. But I'm sure others may see it differently.