NRL flies the white flag on wrestling

BBT, the stats on the average speed of the play-the-ball show it has slowed down. I'd agree with you regarding games from the 70s and early to mid-80s but since then it's been fairly quick. We're not talking about taking the game back to the 80s- I much prefer the game now- we're talking about grappling and jiu-jitsu out. Simple. Wrestling doesn't have to be part of the game but the only way to get rid of it is to penalise any form of grappling, lying on the man or holding down beyond the 'held' call.

3 Sep 2014
NRL flies the white flag on wrestling

Ian, that's interesting but there's more occasions when the tacklers wrestle without looking around. We don't need to see them look around- just penalise them the INSTANT they don't begin to move.

3 Sep 2014
NRL flies the white flag on wrestling

Riot, that's why the pocket referee will be right there calling held, not the lead ref who's standing at least 10 or 15 metres away.

3 Sep 2014
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