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    An out-of-pocket punter comes up with a fundamental reason why the game they play in heaven doesn’t get more free-to-air coverage.

    Question: “Why was that a penalty?”

    Answer: “Well, you see, when you get tackled, you must release the ball. That guy didn’t release the ball.”

    “Oh. Okay.”

    Score: 3-0.

    Q: “Why was that one a penalty?”

    A: “Well, you see, when the tackler has brought the ball carrier to the ground, he’s supposed to let go of him. But he didn’t let go of him in time.”


    Score: 3-3.

    Q: “Well, why was that just a penalty?”

    A: “Because, you see, in that scenario, both sets of players committed simultaneous infringements at the same breakdown.”

    Game over. Final score: 6-3.

    Q: “So if they’re all doing something wrong at the same time, then why’d the penalty go to team A instead of team B?”

    A: “I don’t know.”

    Echoing somewhere up in the commentary box, “From a technical perspective, you could say the visitors were very unlucky tonight. Some of those calls really could have gone either way…”


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    • May 1st 2012 @ 1:35pm
      Crashy said | May 1st 2012 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

      So please tell me the last time a game was decided 6-3? This is dead-set a wind up article. How was it allowed to get through. C,mon guys…..

      • May 1st 2012 @ 2:31pm
        Markus said | May 1st 2012 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

        2007, Brumbies vs Reds.
        At the time it was the lowest scoring match in Super Rugby history, beaten in 2009 when the Highlanders beat the Crusaders 6-0 (which I actually remember being a very exciting match).

    • May 1st 2012 @ 1:41pm
      Sammy said | May 1st 2012 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

      I really don’t understand this. When I watch netball, basketball, NFL, AFL I hardly ever know what the infringement was. I just watch the game, I don’t care if I know or don’t know. The rules obviously don’t hamper the popularity of the sport around the world. Whenever there is a sport which involves a contest for possession fouls are committed and are punishable.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 1:48pm
      Mals said | May 1st 2012 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

      The less rules the better, look at the popularity of soccer.

      • May 1st 2012 @ 1:54pm
        CraigB said | May 1st 2012 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

        Soccers popularity relies on the population of under developed nations and is also the reason they are considered under developed πŸ˜‰

      • May 1st 2012 @ 2:22pm
        joe blackswan said | May 1st 2012 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

        not sure about “better”….soccer is popular because it is a very simple game, just a couple of basic rules and requiring a limited skill set to play. Like when a child jumps in a puddle, very simple and joyous….as the child gets older it looks for something more challenging and exciting like water skiing. The people who go onto prefer water skiing to say puddle jumping, also prefer aussie rules, league or rugby. πŸ™‚

        • May 4th 2012 @ 7:57pm
          Jarrod said | May 4th 2012 @ 7:57pm | ! Report

          Soccer is so popular globally not because of simple rules but because you can play with anything that can be kicked around and some markers (shirts) for goals. In other words you don’t need money for proper gear. The poorer people/nations which is by far the majority of the worlds population can easily play the game.

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      May 1st 2012 @ 1:54pm
      Sharminator said | May 1st 2012 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      Id say the same thing about Soccer, League or AFL.

      I dont know the rules … and for example am often bewildered at what is and isnt a penalty in soccer.

      I think people who dont know rugby are more confused in general by scrums, lineouts, and rucks and mauls, as they are things that dont occur in other games, rather than the penalties that result from them

      But take away scrums, lineouts, rucks and mauls …. and your have rugby league.

      I dont think the rules of rugby are a reason specifically why it dosnt get more free to air coverage, that has more to do with tv contracts and the popularity of the sport.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 1:55pm
      kovana said | May 1st 2012 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

      Wow.. This article is a just a gross over exaggeration.

      When tries pour down and you get Scores like 74 – 69… People complain about Basketball scores.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 2:08pm
      WQ said | May 1st 2012 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

      Hello sgmc81,
      Nobody in the Rugby world expects that everybody is going to get Rugby, that’s why there are other sports, quite simply they exist for those that don’t get Rugby!

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