Clip 2 - 8 November 2017 - Law 12
From a line-out the Barbarians move the ball to the right. Left wing Taqele Naiyaravoro passes to right wing Tom Banks. It is a poor pass that bounces. Banks runs infield to the ball and strikes it with his right arm. He grabs the bouncing ball and makes ground downfield. Held, he passes to No.8 Wycliff Palu, who passes to Tim Nanai-Williams who immediately flips the ball back to Naiyaravoro who strides downfield for a try. The referee awards the try.
The referee was right to award the try.
Law 12 DEFINITION: KNOCK-ON
A knock-on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with the hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.
'Forward' means towards the opposing team's dead-ball line.
This action is a reminder that for a knock-on to have occurred the ball needed to go from Banks's arm, towards Australia's dead-ball line. Clearly it does not.
The referee sees clearly what has happened and correctly lets play go on.
It is good to remind ourselves to be sure when we blow the whistle for a knock on that the ball has travelled forward from hand or arm - from hand or arm, not from ground.