How many of us shouted that during our latest Super League victory last Saturday?
Hull fans certainly did!
But how many of us actually understand what a forward pass is?
The ball CAN travel forward and still be a legitimate pass. It all depends on how the passer throws the ball – especially when moving at speed.
There is no such thing as the ‘momentum rule’, but there is such a thing as ‘momentum’.
A player running at speed can throw the ball backwards to another player, yet the ball will actually travel forwards if you watch it from above.
So long as the thrower’s arms move in a backwards motion when passing, all is legal and above board. It is only when the arms move and throw the ball forwards that the pass is unlawful.
“So why can’t the touchjudge see it?” we hear you ask.
Not wishing to make excuses for them, but they also will be running at speed trying to keep up with players. In addition, they will be looking for offside and, consequently, might not see it. In other words, they might simply be too close.
A classic example occurred last Saturday.
The touchjudge only a few feet away failed to spot a forward pass. However, and thankfully, the one at the far side of the field had a wider view of what was happening and informed referee Phil Bentham.
On our home page, which is (www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk) there is a link to an excellent video explaining and showing what happens when the ball is passed.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, April 2, our guest will be Jonathan Doidge.
Jonathan is a freelance journalist writing for both Forty-20 and League Express. In addition he commentates for Sky, both on TV and radio, appearing in-vision as a regular rugby league reporter and also broadcasting on cricket.
Here is your chance to ask what happens behind the scenes – and also on-screen - at Sky!
Our ’Giant Teasers Quiz’ is proving to be extremely popular.
All members with e-mail addresses now have a copy and are selling them. They are also available on-line for you to download.
And a reminder for those of you who attend away games.
Please buy your tickets from OUR club. The Giants keep 10% of the price of tickets we sell.
It is reckoned we took 1,800 Wakefield, yet the club only sold 500. That is approximately £2,000 that went into Wakefield’s pockets instead of ours!
Finally, it was great to see so many fans from Hull joining us for a pre-match get-together at Turnbridge WMC last week. Rugby League truly is a family-friendly game.
For further information on all the above please visit our website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk, or contact Dave Calverley, on 07887 878425.