1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 1, 2014.

By Jethro on Feb 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM
  1. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    7,127
    1,492
    Ratings:
    +1,897 / 7
    It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra tackle to teams if their opponents kick the ball dead, describing it as a ''game changer''.

    Bennett was a member of the NRL rules committee that agreed to a raft of alterations to rules and interpretations designed to reverse an alarming trend in which games have become longer but the amount of real game time has shortened.

    Last year, the ball was in play for just 50.41 minutes a match, or 56.62 per cent of the 89.03 minutes the average game took to complete - 96 seconds less than in 2012.

    ''The whole bottom line here is that the fans are getting cheated,'' Bennett said. ''They are the ones paying their money to come and watch, and every time we do something that prevents the game from having its flow and the entertainment value that it provides then we impact on their value for money.''

    The most significant changes include restrictions on captains approaching referees after a penalty has been awarded in a bid to allow the defence time to set. This will allow teams to take a quick tap, which they will also be able to do from a 40-20 kick.

    The NRL introduced a 30-second time limit to restart games at a scrum or goal-line dropout in round 15 last season, and the clock will now be stopped between a kick for goal and the restart of play in the last five minutes of a match and during the golden-point period.

    There may also be less emphasis on wrestling due to referees calling held when a player is held up in a tackle in a bid to prevent a third man coming in and performing a ''cannonball tackle'', while tactical kicking will also change.

    Here are the main changes the new rules will bring this season.


    1. SPACE FOR FULLBACKS

    Kicking the ball dead rather than allowing one of the game's superstar fullbacks to run it back has been in vogue since Bennett instructed his Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward to repeatedly do so against Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne in the opening round of the 2010 season.

    It is a tactic Bennett has employed at Newcastle, with statistics provided by Sportsdata showing the Knights kicked the ball dead more last season than any other team, although the Panthers, Dragons, Cowboys, Titans, Storm, Rabbitohs, Raiders and Roosters also did so regularly.

    Of the 41 times the Newcastle playmakers kicked the ball dead, 39 were from outside the opposition 20-metre zone, suggesting it was usually a deliberate ploy.

    ''I am pleased the rule has changed,'' Bennett said. ''It's going to be a game changer.

    ''We probably started it at the Dragons; it was a thing that we used. We didn't use it all the time, but I do use it from time to time. It was becoming a greater issue because more teams realised the benefits they could get by using it, but this is going to change the psyche of teams about kicking the ball dead because an extra tackle is going to make a huge difference to field position.''

    Former Australian captain Darren Lockyer, who is also on the NRL rules committee, added: ''Teams are going to have to change the way they think when they kick long. It is only one tackle, but it is a big advantage for field position and it just encourages more attacking play by keeping the ball in the game.''


    2. LESS TIME-WASTING

    Canterbury's Michael Ennis and Manly's Jamie Lyon were the worst offenders last season, according to Sportsdata. The pair approached referees to question penalties against their teams 70 times between them - more than Paul Gallen, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Robbie Farah and Sam Thaiday combined.

    Former leading referee and ex-NRL referees boss Bill Harrigan said it was a delaying tactic and applauded the formalising of when captains can talk to referees.

    ''You would see it all the time, especially down near the try line,'' Harrigan said. ''You see a 10-metre [offside] penalty and the captain comes up and says, 'What was that for; who was it?'. They couldn't give a bugger, they can't do anything about it - it was just so his team could set on the line because they were in the red zone.''

    Under the new rules, captains will only be able to speak to referees during a stoppage for a try, an injury or a caution, while there will also be a set time to do so as they leave the field at half-time.

    Lockyer said: ''A captain questioning a referee can sometimes cause another stoppage and I haven't seen too many referees change their mind, so I just think it is a waste of time.''


    3. KICKING WILL BE VITAL

    With teams able to take a quick tap from a 40-20 kick, instead of having to pack a scrum, and kicking the ball dead now a poor option, a good kicking game has never been so valuable.

    Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans led the way for 40-20 kicks last season, while Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin also managed one to make the grand finalists the No.1 team in that area.

    Parramatta's Chris Sandow, Cronulla's Todd Carney, Melbourne's Cooper Cronk, Newcastle's Jarrod Mullen and the Warriors' Shaun Johnson each had four. In comparison, no player from Wests Tigers, Brisbane or North Queensland produced a 40-20 kick all season.

    ''I think we are probably going to see more attacking kicking,'' Lockyer said. ''The new rules will change the mentality to an extent about the way teams are trained and what sort of kicks they want to do, so it is only going to be positive.''

    With quick taps now encouraged, except from penalties for offside, while a referee is issuing a caution or within 10 metres of the opposition try line, attacking teams are expected to race downfield to restart play after a 40-20 kick.

    Benji Marshall stunned Parramatta when he took a quick tap last year and Lockyer believes the changes will bring more enterprising play against fatigued defences.

    ''The core reasoning for most of the changes is to maintain the flow of the game and minimise the stoppages so we can see that collision, but we also see the creative footballers get the opportunity to play against a team that's more fatigued,'' Lockyer said.

    Bennett said: ''At the end of the day, it wasn't worth taking the quick tap any more, but this is going to liven the game up.''


    4. CRUSHING CANNONBALL

    Former match-review chief and leading referee Greg McCallum has applauded the decision to grade ''crusher'' and ''cannonball'' tackles at the higher end of the scale in a bid to protect players from injury.

    ''Player safety is so important and if you put a player in that position you are now likely to be penalised and charged,'' McCallum said. ''In the past, we have spoken about the potential for injuries and I think there have been injuries in tackles and that potential is now realised. I think what they are doing now is taking that into account.''

    In the past, players without a previous judiciary record were often able to escape suspension for a low-grade crusher tackle by pleading guilty, but they will now need to be exonerated by a judiciary hearing to do so after the new directive to the match-review committee.

    McCallum said clubs were expected to support the crackdown.

    Referees will also call held if a player is being held up in a tackle. Any player who then makes contact below the knee will be penalised for a ''cannonball'' tackle and face suspension. ''That will discourage players from doing it if they know they could get a hefty suspension,'' Harrigan said.

    Brad Walter

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/nrls-modified-rules-to-fundamentally-alter-the-game-20140131-31ss9.html
     

Comments

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 1, 2014.

    1. Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      7,127
      1,492
      Ratings:
      +1,897 / 7
      It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra tackle to teams if their opponents kick the ball dead, describing it as a ''game changer''.

      Bennett was a member of the NRL rules committee that agreed to a raft of alterations to rules and interpretations designed to reverse an alarming trend in which games have become longer but the amount of real game time has shortened.

      Read More
      [hr]
      Stats that went with the article:

      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]
       
    2. silvertail

      silvertail Well-Known Member

      786
      314
      Ratings:
      +398 / 6
      The quick tap will cost us matches against the big guns, the opposition will be scoring crap barge over tries before our defensive line is set.

      This rule does not reward creativity unless the defensive line is set. I can live with all players not being allowed to back chat and expect a response from the ref. This was clearly twisted around by other clubs to slow down momentum.

      If defence of our captain, I would defend him by saying that all his questions were justified. Our club has a habit of getting royally screwed in big games.

      But players and captains should be able to say whatever the hell they want to refs about their thoughts on their decisions. Take the microphones away and let players tell the ref that was a terrible decision, in no uncertain terms ... And fair enough, the game would be better off if the refs didn't bite back, got on with their job and let the game FLOW!
       
      • Like Like x 2
    3. Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      7,127
      1,492
      Ratings:
      +1,897 / 7
      and went back to the old one on-field ref system.
       
      • Like Like x 1
    4. mozgrame

      mozgrame Well-Known Member

      7,007
      3,013
      Ratings:
      +4,565 / 45
      Souths will score plenty of points with this. Big Georgey Burgess will have a field day.
       
    5. globaleagle

      globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      11,777
      4,704
      Ratings:
      +7,782 / 58
      The chart about the number of times the captain talked to the ref after a penalty doesn't take into account things like....

      1)The overall times the capt. approached the ref compared with the number of penalties (expressed as a percentage). So Jamie may have spoken 31 times but Manly penalised 30 billion times. His overall percentage may be low compared with others.

      2)Time of the game the penalties were given.

      3)Place on the field the penalties were given.

      Both 2 and 3 would be a determining factor to when a captain would approach a ref.

      To address the anomaly of pearce questioning the ref the least....though the rorters offend the most,(before our non-manly fan posters point it out - yes we all know who you are)...

      ..the fact he is on the bottom of the list only shows he knew what was going to be provided for them in the gf!
       
      • Like Like x 1
    6. HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      14,788
      5,735
      Freshwater
      Ratings:
      +11,498 / 254
      The premise of the article is completele flawed, so the measures supporting it are ludicrous.

      At best, it should have been a relative statistic ie how many attempts for 40/20 with how many of those that succeeded.

      The penalty discussions also are subjectively tallied.
      The Scum Captain talks non stop, even when there is no penalty situation, like at scrums :mad:

      I don't think Killer will lose sleep over this :p

      Have they announced what the penalty is for approaching a Ref after a penalty ???
       
    7. Moondog

      Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      4,996
      1,990
      Hervey Bay
      Ratings:
      +3,525 / 32
      New rules, old rules, changed rules , different rules.....may as well change the name of the game to Rugby Rules....
      Sick of this crap, the off season can't end quick enough.
       
    8. Dan

      Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

      32,370
      3,610
      Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      Ratings:
      +5,462 / 74
      Games too an average of 89.5 minutes to complete? That's an odd length of time for a game that has two 40 minute halves.

      If they are including half time in that then that is just dumb.

      Without it the ball is in play at a significantly higher percentage of time.

      As for the approaches by captains you have to take in that manly also played one extra game last season than other teams and several more than others. This should've taken as an average and then a percentage
       
    9. SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      12,593
      3,522
      Ratings:
      +6,793 / 122
      Also he's not even their captain! Minichiello scored 20 so it was a joint effort by Chooks.
       
    10. globaleagle

      globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      11,777
      4,704
      Ratings:
      +7,782 / 58
      Oh yeah...I missed that. Nice reading ability!


      My GF comment shall stand.
       
    11. mickqld

      mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

      7,016
      2,671
      Gold Coast
      Ratings:
      +3,744 / 57
      Half of Killers ref queries would have been to Hayne in the GF. The other half were to Hayne during the rest of the year.
       
    12. HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      14,788
      5,735
      Freshwater
      Ratings:
      +11,498 / 254
      Plus the two Golden Point games would have soaked up 30 each in extra time alone :dodgy:

      Still can't believe the backchat penalty for Foz when Grub Tutu took a dive :mad:
       
    13. sheridanstand78

      sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

      2,940
      1,485
      Ratings:
      +3,308 / 51
      They bring in all these new rules but refuse to deal with an issue that never goes away. We see in every game just about a forward pass being a key to a try being scored. The video ref is not allowed to check this but the linesman can mention it to the ref.

      For all of us who saw that the chooks 3rd try in the GF, the final pass being a foot forward and that try got them ahead in the game.

      I would really like to see a captains challenge 1 in each half to stop big mistakes.

      I would like to see the referees also do something about their attitude in how they communicate with players too, cause sick of seeing Harrigan wannabees stuff big games.
       
    14. double hoops

      double hoops Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      2,652
      719
      Ratings:
      +2,622 / 113
      The rule changes could really advantage the Eags. Front row may have just become its biggest strength. I'll wait to see how quick teams actually can play the ball from quicker calls of held, and how quick a team can play on and take a quick tap. But if the game is made dramatically faster, I am not sure I'd want as many big units as the dogs or rabbits have. Mobile second rowers will be the go. A tall lanky kite or Hasson type front rower will have the mobility. Big boppers like Rose and Kasiano may go close to becoming extinct. Not sure I want the game to go that way. But to some degree I guess it already has.
       
      • Like Like x 1

Share This Page