Having an 18th man won't protect anyone from injuries, rather it will just expose an extra player to the possibility of a head injury?
Easy fix .Go off with HIA gotta standown for the following weekEasy to rort.
Imagine Ryan James and Sebastian Kris knock each other out in the 10th minute of the game. 2 HIA's down.
Then Curtis Scott has a busted rib. He can continue on if the team is desperate but he's an easy target. The Raiders are effectively down to 14.5 players.
Tell Curtis Scott to fake a head knock. Answer some HIA questions wrong.
3 HIA's down.
18th man comes on.
Raiders are back up to 15 players.
(It's not awful that a team as decimated as the above would end up with an extra player, but just showing a scenario where a coach can use the rule to their advantage)
I'm with you. Its called The Luck of the Draw. There was no foul play involved in any of the Canberra HIAs and it wouldn't have mattered what the speed of the game was or how big the players were. It was an unfortunate clash of heads going into a tackle, could have happened to any side, dumb luck.Not a fan of the 18th man at all, I think if your down you should have to suck it up. Yes it's a massive advantage to the other team but that's just unfortunate.
I think we go back to the 4 man bench and only 4 interchanges.
Would change the game to suiting the players with endurance.
Would open the game up more towards the ends of each half.
Would potentially reduce injuries from players getting bigger and faster year on year and creating bigger and bigger impacts and collisions
The headline says that he slams the new rules. The fact is he has said he would rather it be two rather than three. Very misleading headline. Nothing unusual though
Rugby league: Warriors coach Nathan Brown slams new NRL concussion initiative, saying it will be virtually meaninglessWarriors coach Nathan Brown has questioned the value of the NRL's new concussion replacement initiative, saying it will be irrelevant because the threshold is too high.
The Australian Rugby League Commission announced on Tuesday that clubs would be able to use an 18th man from round five onwards, if they lost three players to head knocks during a match.
The rule is designed to encourage teams to take a more cautious approach to assessing concussions, though the extra man is slated to be an emerging player, rather than just another first grader.
Brown supports the spirit of the rule but suggested it will be virtually meaningless in a practical context.
"I'm a fan of them bringing in an 18th man and I understand why they want a certain type of player [but] what I don't get is that you have to have three head knocks," said Brown.
"I'm not sure what the stats say but I've been coaching for a lot of years and I've never been involved in three head knocks [for one team] in one game ... so I don't get that part."
Brown said the 18th man should be activated if a team has two players fail head injury assessments (HIA's) during a match.
"Two would have been fair," said Brown. "[On Saturday] Canberra had two head knocks, then lost a bloke through injury, and had to leave a player out there with a floating rib.
"Against the Gold Coast [in round one] we played in 30-degree heat, had two blokes with head knocks that couldn't go back on, plus we had an injury. We had one reserve for a lot of that game and Euan Aitken had to play with a ruptured ankle ligament for [60 minutes].
"With two head knocks and one injury you are forcing other players to stay on the field injured because winning is very important part of playing professional sport. So I don't see the point of bringing the rule in."
Ahead of Sunday's clash with the Roosters, Brown is pleased with the progress so far this season. The thrilling 34-31 win over the Raiders was another step in the right direction, though the team will be far from complacent, after a shaky second quarter, which almost put the match out of sight.
"The first 15 minutes we were on top," said Brown. "When the two boys had the head clash for the Raiders the game stopped a bit and it was Canberra who went from third gear to fifth gear and we went from fourth gear to second gear. They scored three quick tries, thankfully halftime came for us because it didn't look like slowing anytime soon."
If that was a negative, the turnaround after halftime, which came from improved attitude and application, was noteworthy.
"To score five tries in a half of footy and doing it with controlled footy [was pleasing]," said Brown. "I hope they have worked out if you do certain things well consistently you are a handy team."
The Warriors were below their best in the first half against the Knights and the Raiders and still searching for that week-to-week consistency.
"It's early days at the moment," said Brown. "I can't make too many huge statements but certainly it's something we would like to achieve … not easy but something that we want."
The lockdown in Brisbane has had a knock on effect for the Warriors, with 13 players unable to travel to play for feeder club Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup.
"There are a large number of players that didn't get a game last week and won't for a few weeks," said Brown.
There are also four development players in quarantine in Brisbane at the moment, unable to train or play, after travelling up last week ahead of a match for the Redcliffe colts team.
NZ Herald has a very unfortunate habit of providing far more sensationalised headlines than what is actually in their articles.The headline says that he slams the new rules. The fact is he has said he would rather it be two rather than three. Very misleading headline. Nothing unusual though
Yes Mike . All NZ media do the same thing trying to get publicity and for that reason the people on here posting news reports are also seeking the sameNZ Herald has a very unfortunate habit of providing far more sensationalised headlines than what is actually in their articles.