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My take on the rule changes and what they've done to the game.

This is all designed to cater to the "Big Bash" generation who have the attention span of a gnat.

If tries aren't being constantly scored, the fear is they'll get bored and change channels. So along come a raft of rule changes designed to speed the game up and we end up with "rugba leeg".

I've long said the rules need to provide an even contest between attack and defence. Not skew the balance so much that defenders are chasing their own asses trying to keep up. It doesn't take skill when the opposition is so clagged they can't perform to their capacity.

In short, it's gone way too far and the result is teams getting lapped. Hopefully V'Landys has enough humility to admit they've effed up and fix it.


 
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My take on the rule changes and what they've done to the game.

This is all designed to cater to the "Big Bash" generation who have the attention span of a gnat.

If tries aren't being constantly scored, the fear is they'll get bored and change channels. So along come a raft of rule changes designed to speed the game up and we end up with "rugba leeg".

I've long said the rules need to provide an even contest between attack and defence. Not skew the balance so much that defenders are chasing their own asses trying to keep up. It doesn't take skill when the opposition is so clagged they can't perform to their capacity.

In short, it's gone way too far and the result is teams getting lapped. Hopefully V'Landys has enough humility to admit they've effed up and fix it.




I fear Vlandys doesn't. He doesn't strike me as someone who can admit he's made an error.


 
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Great must read on the state of the game. Share to your forums



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Great article with many good point but I think it misses some major ones.

Players have to be lighter to handle the fatigue and it has changed to a fast game rather than a power game. By default it is more attacking with more points, just from lower player weight and increased acceleration.

A team of explosive speedsters like the Storm will run rings around a traditional power based team. The power teams are dropping the weight but are still slow, while lacking the weight to hammer in defence or bust through in attack. You see players that were weapons becoming ineffective, while speed freaks like Walker and Walsh, who wouldn’t have seen first grade, are now able to thrive.

It’s also a test of squads rather than best top 17s. The new faster rules and leaner players directly results in more injuries. The better squads are prospering over teams with everything invested in their top team.

Even when all squads have been re-aligned to the rules, being attack based there will be a higher spread in scores.
 
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Great article with many good point but I think it misses some major ones.

Players have to be lighter to handle the fatigue and it has changed to a fast game rather than a power game. By default it is more attacking with more points, just from lower player weight and increased acceleration.

A team of explosive speedsters like the Storm will run rings around a traditional power based team. The power teams are dropping the weight but are still slow, while lacking the weight to hammer in defence or bust through in attack. You see players that were weapons becoming ineffective, while speed freaks like Walker and Walsh, who wouldn’t have seen first grade, are now able to thrive.

It’s also a test of squads rather than best top 17s. The new faster rules and leaner players directly results in more injuries. The better squads are prospering over teams with everything invested in their top team.

Even when all squads have been re-aligned to the rules, being attack based there will be a higher spread in scores.


Smash em bro

It's a vicious cycle though.

Clubs will turn over their squads, only for the rules to change again.


 

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My take on the rule changes and what they've done to the game.

This is all designed to cater to the "Big Bash" generation who have the attention span of a gnat.

If tries aren't being constantly scored, the fear is they'll get bored and change channels. So along come a raft of rule changes designed to speed the game up and we end up with "rugba leeg".

I've long said the rules need to provide an even contest between attack and defence. Not skew the balance so much that defenders are chasing their own asses trying to keep up. It doesn't take skill when the opposition is so clagged they can't perform to their capacity.

In short, it's gone way too far and the result is teams getting lapped. Hopefully V'Landys has enough humility to admit they've effed up and fix it.



Yes, and the answer all along was to simply ref the game to the rules that were in place. If high shots were correctly enforced, players would not be tackling so high, making the wrestle (one goes high to wrap the ball, one low to slow the forward movement) no longer a high percentage play. It means ball-carriers will either A) find the ground sooner, or B) Offload, which will inherently speed the game up. Furthermore, it would require the tacklers to improve their technique and solid cutting tackles and legs tackles would effectively be validated because A) they knock the ball-carrier down or backwards, or B) all effective tackles are granted the same 3 seconds on the ground rule, and there will be none of this discretionary "milking" or "surrender" bullshit.

Essentially, rugby league was in a very good place and if the 2018 crackdown had persisted, we would have a clean and fast game without the wrestle. Honestly, if anything the only rule that needed adjustment was the 7 tackle set from a kick going dead in goal, wherein the attacking team yields control, 20 meters of field position and momentum because of a minor error in placement or power in an attacking kick. The whole point of the rule was to prevent the Soward style boot it from your 40m to get a rest and set the defensive line at 30m.

Honestly, the game just needs to take a minute and consider what their changes will do to the game and how a Big Bash style of sport is like all the new age commercialised fads. There is a reason why some things are classics and last for decades or centuries and why other things burn bright for a short time and then fade away.

I do not want Rugby League to fade away.


 

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Something needs to be done to arrest the momentum, I know it's been discussed this season and people will say "not another change" but scoring team kicks off (like in the 97 SL season) is the way to go for mine.



I'm not sure it would achieve a whole lot.

Imagine a team kicking off after scoring a try, they'd be amped up to absolutely belt the opposition. On the other hand the team now receiving the ball has just conceded a try.

The pressure on them to complete the set and get to a kick would be huge, especially coming up against an amped up defensive line... there's a reason why teams like to kick off in golden point. It can very well give you a leg up on field position if you come with intent in the defensive line.

If the receiving team, who has just conceded a try, is getting belted with ball in hand and only make it to the 40m, suddenly the team that just scored can be up to the 30m or 40m line on tackle 1... it gets worse if the receiving team makes an error on the kick off set, which can be common place on sets after a try.

I think they will either change offsides back to being a full penalty... or they will just make ruck infringements and offsides penalties when it's inside your own half. That gives some reprieve to being able to compete in the field position battle and can provide a reset to halt momentum swings.


 

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One of the biggest points to me were the comments about it being a world cup year and if paid professionals in the NRL are getting walloped what is going to happen when the minnows come up against Australia or New Zealand.

Scores could blow out to 80 or 90+... how is that going to help create a foothold in international football ??

I think England could even get absolutely smashed.

I would've liked to see the international game stay as penalties instead of 6 agains. That could at least see what happens when 6 again NRL players go back to the penalty era and if there is a serious impact on quality or do things return to somewhat normalcy.

We've already seen what happens when an elite NRL team (Manly) vs a reserve grade team (Bulldogs).... what viewers are go to survive the group stages and even quarters/semis looking at 50 and 60 point margins.

The final could even be 50 or 60 plus, because let's face it Australia will comprise primarily NSW players whereas NZ may not be near that level



Having a strong Kangaroo side built from a dominant State team is no guarantee Australia will win world cups.

Queensland fed the Roo sides that lost the WCs to NZ.

Aussie might not even get past Tonga depending on the draw.

I seriously doubt the NSW heavy Roos will offer anything the Kiwis will be scared of.

The problem is Australia brings its own reffs that is the laughable part about this sport.
 
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Having a strong Kangaroo side built from a dominant State team is no guarantee Australia will win world cups.

Queensland fed the Roo sides that lost the WCs to NZ.

Aussie might not even get past Tonga depending on the draw.

I seriously doubt the NSW heavy Roos will offer anything the Kiwis will be scared of.

The problem is Australia brings its own reffs that is the laughable part about this sport.



Definitely agree on the ref shit. We should be getting an English ref for those games.


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My take on the rule changes and what they've done to the game.

This is all designed to cater to the "Big Bash" generation who have the attention span of a gnat.

If tries aren't being constantly scored, the fear is they'll get bored and change channels. So along come a raft of rule changes designed to speed the game up and we end up with "rugba leeg".

I've long said the rules need to provide an even contest between attack and defence. Not skew the balance so much that defenders are chasing their own asses trying to keep up. It doesn't take skill when the opposition is so clagged they can't perform to their capacity.

In short, it's gone way too far and the result is teams getting lapped. Hopefully V'Landys has enough humility to admit they've effed up and fix it.



I am a basketball fan, and the same thing happens in the NBA today. The 3 point shooting revolution of the game has that 'wow' factor to part time fans and new fans as teams regularly make impossible shots (though it is ordinary viewing when they start missing them).

The issue is that there is absolutely no balance. There is no reward for defending players, or relying on scoring anywhere else but the perimeter. And the only defence you can do is wait until you get the ball to knock down your own 3.

Eventually, these attempts to turn the games into non-stop highlight reels will bore people as question 'what is the point of this game' when there is nothing but attempted flashy play at the expense of fundamentals.

I think the NRL should actually consider some plays to reward good defence, that still have enough excitement in them to keep the game thrilling. Whether it is a reward for a charge-down on a field goal or a reward for preventing a 40/20 or a reward for getting out of the in-goal etc.


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I love this gem from him:


“If it wasn’t for (Covid restrictions) then these players wouldn’t be in this position – Vaughan wouldn’t be sacked. This could end him.

I’m actually genuinely surprised he hasn’t spruiked himself to be a replacement player this week.


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I love this bit “I’m not being a smart arse or a dickhead."

People have been losing their jobs, businesses are being shut down and he thinks some well paid footballers who have a small decrease in pay but are still extremely well paid and still get to work are hard done by.
 

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Hey guys completely off topic but thought it would be suitable in here since this is cross forum. Any recommendations for a legit online liquor store in oz to deliver to my mate over there in Brisbane. Just owe him for a favour he done recently thought I might as well send him a bottle, better than flowers lol




Dan Murphy's deliver ... and are usually the cheapest liquor store as well



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Just read on Fox Sports that Ash Taylor is due for a huge HAIR CUT. !!!


Manly to win :D
 

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Just read on Fox Sports that Ash Taylor is due for a huge HAIR CUT. !!!



Manly to win :D


 

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Will take a little while for the other sites to come online


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