The howls of fury coming out of New Zealand fans after Romain Poite reversed his decision to give the All Blacks a scrum instead of a penalty were loud enough to reach Turnip Town!
It was compared to Craig Joubert’s error in the World Cup quarter final that saw Scotland unfairly booted out of the competition.
The law in this regard is 11 and the relevant bit (11.6) states –
11.6 Accidental offside
When an offside player cannot avoid being touched by the ball or by a team-mate carrying it, the player is accidentally offside. If the player’s team gains no advantage from this, play continues. If the player’s team gains an advantage, a scrum is formed with the opposing team throwing in the ball.12
When a player hands the ball to a team-mate in front of the first player, the receiver is offside. Unless the receiver is considered to be intentionally offside (in which case a penalty kick is awarded), the receiver is accidentally offside and a scrum is formed with the opposing team throwing in the ball
Irrespective of whether it was a knock on or a knock back, Ken Owens clearly tried to get out of the way – even holding his arms up to indicate that he wasn’t trying to play the ball.
The Jocks were hard done by – the All Blacks weren’t.
That’s what Romian did for us – he got it right!