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I don’t mind the initial ruling because it set the tone. I think that was needed.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

Have we signed Teo? Fifita is only a few weeks away.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

I would rather Coates be given a run that Arthars.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

Those calls need to be avoided. There is obviously going to be a push from coaches through their players to get control back of the rules.

It is nonsense that injuries will come from this rule change, at lest in the long term. We might see some more soft tissue injuries until players can get their bodies trained for a new type of game.

If we allow more interchanges like he is suggested we undo all the good from the change. We need to go the other way an reduce the interchange even more.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

There was a lot more passing and offloads in the 90s but this was a good improvement

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

I am, as regulars on this site a big fan of the six again. I proposed it as a rule a month or so ago. I did like that they used it early. It was an old school ref stamping his authority on a game and that is a good thing. Hopefully that has set the tone for the season.

The big extra benifit was no long arguing with the ref every tackle which was what I was hoping to see. Not only does that speed up the game because players would talk to refs just extend the rest time but we see less time to focus on refs and their decisions which is a great thing.

We still need to tweak the rule into the future. Offsides will be abused at some point and the sin bin needs to be used.

We will have a good idea how much tweaking will be needed come the round 5 roosters game.

The real test comes in a big game, scores tied and their is blatant holding down. The current rules allow the refs to call a profesdional foul and award a penalty but will they and the reaction would be not great.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

We do have the surrender call. If you dive to the ground you forfit the right to get up quickly.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

No we will still need to change the interchange. I am expecting some cynical offsides at some point and other creative ways to slow the game down. We still need to move to a 4 player replacement bench

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

Gee that takes a long time to get results on. I guess the virus had a lot to do with that

Bronson Xerri stood down following positive doping test

“Haynes didn’t possess the array of elegant strokes that his Barbados teammate had.”

Disagree with that strongly. Haynes was the more elegant player. Greenidge was more brutal.

The best West Indies Test XI of the 1990s: Part 1

Two reasons. First, you need to sacrifice running time to build that extra muscle for power. But mostly because of statements from ex-players. For example Luke Lewis said last year on the ABC that in the early 2000’s they did much more running than when he retired. If I recall he was talking about how he used to burn off more weight from all the running they did during team runs as well as endurance training. But at the end of his career it was mostly just dead lifts and other power lifting.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

The game became very attacking in the 90’s to early naughties.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

Scrums should be a change over to take away that massive rest. But my other idea is to force the scrum to stay locked until Held is called on the first tackle. Not only does that force a 7 on 7 for one tackle, when the scrum breaks they all have to sprint to catch up. On the flip side that extra long pack gives them that extra rest, which is why I prefer to just have a change over.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

The game has become a defensive game based of a few factors. The main one to me was going with unlimited interchange just as the game was going professional. That gave coaches the option of developing game plans around big forward pack that didn’t run out of stream. This didn’t eventuate immediately but I believe it created the thinking behind the modern game. Now we have teams doing everything they can to slow the game down and get rest. Taking forever to pack scrums, take drop outs, giving away penalties. Taking the two even is done in part to get rest. This thinking of course lead to the wrestle which is to control the ruck, slow the other team down and get rest, lots of rest. The game is the slowest I can ever remember it being.

The other main part of the equation is the coaches need to control everything in the belief that it will lead to winning. They don’t want tired players, they definitely don’t want players making mistakes and since they all seem to believe the theory that defense wins comps they absolutely don’t want players caught out of position in defense. So to make sure defensive structures are always in place players are not really allowed to leave their designated lanes on the field and this is why, at least in my opinion, why we have left and right sided players now. It is all about not being caught out in transition.

We will not see more of the ball in play with more open and attacking football until teams are more exhausted, players are fatigued . This has to be done with more than just a reduction in the bench although that is important, 4 replacements must be the number(note: not interchanges). But rules like the new six again have to come in plus less video refs and less stoppages in general ALONG with cracking down on the wrestle. Any extra efforts by the defensive team after held is called have to be penalised and the bin used for second and third penalties.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

The forwards of today are not nearly as aerobically as fit as the forwards of 15-20 years ago.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

The thing is the Broncs and a lot of their fans don’t want all these Thur/Fri night games, we want more Sunday arvo games. So even the Broncs are not happy with the draw. Yes that might seem a bit rich but we would draw bigger crowds with more Sunday day games.

Raiders get FTA coverage slashed under revamped NRL draw

If refers to less stopages, more time with the ball in play, more gaps more ball use.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism

The problem is every one seems to be talking about six again and one ref interchangeably. So I am not sure who/if is saying that one ref will speed the game up, or if they are talking about the six again rule.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism

How many Broncs cast offs? Ese Ese is the only one I might want back but not with our current group of forwards

Knights sign former Origin hooker ahead of season restart

The no hand shaking thing goes back to when the Celtics walked off not shaking the Pistons hands, but they were peeved mightily about the tactics used by the Pistons, I guessing they thought them unsportsmanlike. Seemed the Pistons for some reason think the Celtics walking off gave them justification for doing the same to the Bulls without understanding the differences in the circumstances.

Petty MJ was cringe-worthy in The Last Dance

Doctors and Nurses cop it much worse that refs, just not as publicly. They can be under physical threat from patients. Ambo’s even worse.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism

It should never be a coaches job to help design the rules. The self interest is much to strong. I am not the only one to think it.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism

I am with you spruce. I have never been a fan of two refs but I fully support their industrial action. I would much rather the touchies be responsible for the 10 metres.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism

Yes, coaches should not be consulted about rule changes.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism

There is no need to replace Hooper, or anyone at the Telegraph to be honest.

NRL refs are victims of dinosaur fans and gutter journalism