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What I like about the six-again rule

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Roar Guru
22nd September, 2020
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Since the resumption of the season in May, the six-again rule has been introduced.

Not everyone likes it but I think it’s pretty cool.

Then again, there’s a lot of advantages and disadvantages to the rule. I don’t really have to explain them because they speak for themselves. I will however explain what I do like about this rule.

1. It makes the game faster
With the six-again rule, instead of the referee blowing the whistle and calling for a penalty to stop all the momentum, it keeps the swing of things going and saves some time on the clock.

2. It delivers more excitement
It’s bringing another factor to the game and makes it look unpredictable. The team in possession are given more opportunities to strike.

3. It is a defensive test of will and endurance
If you’re on the team doing extra defence after the six-again rule, it is going to suck because it means you’ll have to defend more. At the same time, it could either bring out the best or worst in your team when the extra defensive load is required.

I have heard both positive and negative feedback about this rule. As I mentioned before, I love this rule and I think it’s pretty cool. One fact I’ve learnt is no matter what rules are introduced, not everyone will like it. It’s a natural fact of life.

I wouldn’t mind if the shoulder charges and the biff came back but we can rule that one out. I was annoyed when they were outlawed but looking at it now as a matter of player safety, it’s the right call. State of Origin may not be the same without the biff but it’s a game of footy, not Street Fighter.

The game of rugby league has evolved massively and as fans, we will evolve with it. The six-again rule has made things better for the game. It is one of the best things to be introduced in the game in the last decade.

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This year has been tough but with the footy bringing us fans nothing just joy and excitement, let’s be happy for it.

So to all the Roarers, are you a fan of the six-again rule? Why or why not?

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