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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Loaded dog, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Loaded dog

    Loaded dog Out on the full.

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    TC made an observation in another thread wherin he said that a reduction in interchange from 8 to 6 would result in"cricket scores".
    Drag out your copy of '73 and take in the game.
    Note how fast it was.
    Note how quickly the scrums set. (I can think of lots of reasons why...)
    Was that a cricket score?

    Rugby league was great then.
    IS THE " MODERN" GAME BETTER THAN IT WAS IN 1973?
    (imho, the most useless player on the field was no. 10 for Manly)

    DISCUSS.
     
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  2. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    It should be noted that in 1973 the defensive line was only set at 5m, which impacted on the attacking team, this was extended to 10m in about 1993.
     
  3. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Is the game better? I believe many of the rule changes in themselves have benefitted the game, what has ****ed the game is that those rules can now be "interpreted" by numbnut officials.

    Referee's used to have at least the semblance of independence under the old Referee's Association but now they are simply the employees of the NRL do as they are instructed and are subject to cohersion.
     
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  4. Loaded dog

    Loaded dog Out on the full.

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    Woodsie,

    Which rule changes have benefitted the game?
    That game was played at high speed. Far fewer stoppages.
    It was exciting. 5 metres did not seem to create a problem.
    I dont have a problem with 10 metres, btw.

    A question for all: WHO was the useless number 10 for Manly?
    Dont cheat... watch the game !
     
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  5. Little Grubber Kick

    Little Grubber Kick Active Member

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    Though it should also be noted that this rule was 'relaxed' to 3m in the 1995 Grand Final.

    Oh, and only 1 team was told about the 'relaxation'..........
     
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  6. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Sh1t you ask hard questions, and no time to study .... I'll get back to you.
     
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  7. TerryRandall

    TerryRandall Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing one P.Peters
     
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  8. sheridanstand78

    sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

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    The game is more predictable today, bash bash bash then normally a kick on the last. Games back then were won by skill, the chip and chase, scrums were a contest. Now so may tries come from bombs and grubbers. I enjoy the athletisism of todays players and their courage is amazing but I remember the 70s with pride as it was a semi professional game and the fans went to games and family friendly times and the traditions we have were forged in that era.
     
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  9. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Beneficial rule changes:
    1. Forty-20
    2. Seven-tackle restart
    3. corner post still in play for tries

    Poor rule changes (too many to list but) here's a few:
    1. No punching, resulting in handbag melees
    2. Video refs
    3. Two refs
    4. Allowing Channel Nein to determine schedule
    5. Virtually no daytime matches
    6. 5-day turnarounds, leading to uneven schedules
    7. Not allowing successful Sydney-based clubs to play their first finals match at home
    8. To demise of contested scrums
    9 Too many interchanges allowed
    10. Allowing trainers to remain on the field to coach under-six style......
     
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  10. TerryRandall

    TerryRandall Well-Known Member

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    Not even sure I agree with your good rule changes. 40/20 is only liked because it's a tiny way to break the monotony. Don't really think the 7 tackle re-start has done much either way - just seems to result in teams simply taking the tackle rather than risk a kick. Corner post - who cares?
     
  11. The Who

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    1. The corner post rule change has resulted in numerous spectacular ties.
    2. Seven-tackles lessens the standard kick on the last tackle
    3. 40:20 because it does rely on some skill, and does break up the stereotypical play of most teams.
     
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  12. Terry Zarsoff

    Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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    To be fair I thought Zorba played well in that game. The trouble is he has been dining out on it ever since.
     
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  13. Real Deal

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    I haven't watched the 73 game for ages. Did Zorba have the great big hairy bogey under his nose (as Basil Fawlty would call it), or was he clean shaven?
     
  14. HoldenV8

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    Panoutas Peterides

    Clean shaven. He also had Keith Page threaten to take him out the back of the SCG stands after the game and beat the crap out of him for allegedly calling Page a cheat during the game.
     
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  15. yokahontas

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    Oh, he's been dining out alright!
     
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  16. Loaded dog

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    Z obviously had a penchant for pies back then too!

    I was blown away by how fast the scrums packed. Probably because forwards packed in EVERY time. Now it seems, if you are excutIng attacking play number 583, the fullback packs into the right second row and the right centre goes to lock...
    It must take these guys 30 seconds to work out where they need to be. And, the scrums of old resulted in something!
    Also, the tackles seemed cleaner. I see the biffo as separate
     
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  17. Woodsie

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    Agree with all except the demise of the contested scrum.

    In my opinion the scrum had become the single most ridiculous nonsense in the history of sporting stupidities. Standing around for 5 minutes watch the scrum reset and collapse 3 times only to end with a random "lucky pick" penalty which could have gone either way for at least 10 infringements from both teams .... not to mention the safety hazards to blokes necks.

    Let the rah rah's have 'em.
     
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  18. HoldenV8

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    You know something? If I was the coach of a team that had a genuine speedster like a James Roberts or Marika Koroibete.....and I saw the fullback packing into a scrum at lock and neither of the opposition wingers had dropped back I would be tempted to get a long kicker (e.g. DCE) to get the ball from first receiver and just boot it downfield as far as possible and let the fast guys chase after it. At the very least you put the opposition on the back foot, forcing the forwards to have to turn and chase (running them out of gas quicker) and you can gain a very cheap 50 or so metres. And at best you end up re-gathering the ball and scoring a try.

    As an old front rower I hate seeing backs packing into scrums with so much space between the players that you could drive a road train between them. And I also hate seeing scrum feeds that are basically at the locks feet. Bill Harrigan loved calling halfbacks for 2nd row feeds.....he would have a field day with how its done now.
     
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  19. Loaded dog

    Loaded dog Out on the full.

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    There weren't too many scrum penalties in that game, and Cronulla won against the head several times!

    If we can't bring back a real scrum, then something must be done to eliminate the time wasting excuse for a scrum that we have now.
     
  20. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Watch some more old time games, it was a plight .. a plight I tell you.

    Originally I thought retaining the uncontested scrum was a good idea because it would compress the defence and allow for some scintillating back line plays... boy I was wrong ... pass one wide and take the tackle..... sh1te.
     
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