It was a brilliant performance against a team than had won each of its last three games by 28 points, and included the kind of abracadabra plays—including one back-pass that replays showed may have been a forward lateral in the second half—that made me go, “WHOA!”
What’s the actual rule for laterals? Is it where the ball is relative to the field, or relative to the player who laterals back? If it’s the former, that’s pretty stupid, and would invalidate tons of laterals through the history of the league.
It would invalidate the entire sport of rugby. too. If I’m running full speed next to a teammate who is right behind me, if I flip it to him, that’s a forward pass because of how fast we’re both running and where the ball is in relation to the field? Yikes.