Clip 3 - 30 November 2017 - Law 19

The ins and outs of a try.

Samu Kerevi breaks and passes to Tevita Kuridrani who knocks on abundantly. England get the ball to flyhalf George Ford who kicks the ball downfield towards the touchline on his left. The ball bounces towards touch, losing impetus as it goes. Kurtley Beale of Australia is sauntering towards the ball, expecting it to roll, as was everybody at Twickenhamexcept Elliot Daly who races after the ball. Suddenly Beale is alert to the danger but Dale beats him to the ball, foots it ahead, chases after it and scores a try. But before the try is given, there is a lengthy investigation with repeated replays, some enlarged to see if a sliver of ball had touched a sliver of touchline. But the eventual decision is that it was a try.

Originally the assistant referee, who was in an excellent position decided that the ball was not out. In ancient time, before there was a TMO, the decision would have rested solely with the assistant referee, then called a touch judge. And his decision would have been right.

Having the confirmation of the TMO makes the decision all the more credible.

it also asks questions of the precision required for a field's line. advert