i agree with your analysis - it's the same as mine post #20
But it leaves us both in a tricky situation
- the leicester player who caught the ball was NOT offside (as Bath were last to play the ball)
- but nevertheless the 10m Law still applies and he has to retreat.
Which is a bit awkward as the 10m Law is 10.4.c and it starts off with these words .
10.4 An offside player may be penalised, if that player:
a. Interferes with play; or
b. Moves forwards towards the ball; or
c. Was in front of a team-mate who kicked the ball and fails to retire immediately behind an onside team-mate or an imaginary line across the field 10 metres on that player’s side from where the ball is caught or lands, even if it hits a goal post or crossbar first. If this involves more than one player, then the player closest to where the ball lands or is caught is the one penalised. This is known as the 10-metre law and still applies if the ball touches or is played by an opponent but not when the kick is charged down.
players, which he wasn't? So it doesn't apply ? Perhaps you and I and your senior ref are all wrong?