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Scarlets' Steff Evans finishes sensational team try in heavy rain

Scarlets' Steff Evans finishes sensational team try in heavy rain
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Rhys Priestland kicked Bath to an 18-13 win over his former team, but it was Scarlets that scored one of the tries of the weekend, as winger Steff Evans went over in the first half in wet and windy conditions.

Priestland, who played 157 matches for Scarlets, kicked six penalties from seven attempts, subjecting them to their second European loss in a week, effectively killing off their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

But it was the losers on the night who provided the most thrilling moment, as they scored a brilliant team try that featured some superb handling despite the incessant rain.

Evans made the break before passing to Gareth Davies, who held the ball then offloaded from the ground for Evans to recollect and dive over.

Referee Romain Poite checked with the TMO to see if the Evans pass infield was forward or not, but it was ruled that his hands went backwards, so the rugby gods smiled as the try was awarded. 

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  •  im1
    im1

    in very basic maths terms, if the passer is travelling at 10m/s, immediately after the point they pass the ball, if the ball is travelling a a speed of; 1. more than 10m/s - its forward; 2. at 10m/s - its flat; 3. less than 10m/s - its backward. Its as simple as that. As long as the passer does not project a forward force on the ball then the ball cannot travel any faster than the speed he is travelling at the point he passes the ball.

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  •  luc
    luc

    Classic forward pass discussion, here goes the obligatory rules explanation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=box08lq9ylg It *does* matter where the ball travels, don't listen to the commentators' blabber. It's where the passer throws the ball, or where the ball travels, **relative to the velocity of the passer at the moment of the pass.** Here he keeps running, so you see that relative to him, the pass is flat, hence "no clear obvious forward pass". The "direction of the hands" thing is an indicator of where the passer throws the ball - relative to himself - and used when in doubt of whether the pass is forward of not, as explained for example in this answer from the IRB to the french rugby federation: https://www.reddit.com/r/rugbyunion/comments/1x6d2o/irb_answers_to_the_ffr_about_forward_passes_and/

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  •  reality
    reality

    Where it looks forward and the receiving player isn't behind the ball-carrier at the moment of the pass, and the commentators agree completely that it's forward, then it probably is forward. Great try and everything, but the forward pass is there.

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  •  im1
    im1

    Its about 5cm forward, maybe 10cm, which is probably not 'clear and obvious'

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  •  flanker2712
    flanker2712

    Are you referring to the pass that was flat out of his hands?

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