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Rule changes likely under new refs' boss

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    By James MacSmith AAP

    The scrapping of the NRL's highly-controversial benefit-of-the-doubt rule and significant changes to the equally-contentious obstruction law are likely to be the first items on the agenda of new referees' boss Daniel Anderson.

    The two-time grand final coach signalled his intention to make significant changes to the NRL rulebook after he was officially announced on Wednesday as referees' elite performance manager.

    Widespread confusion and uncertainty over the use and application of both rules punctuated a 2012 season that was marred by refereeing blunders and Anderson said he was determined to create greater consistency in 2013.

    "Benefit of the doubt will come under scrutiny - let's not be naive about that," Anderson said.

    "I think we can clean up these areas like obstruction. We won't make it perfect but we can improve the adjudication of it. There is such a fine line, though - there is going to be errors on occasions."

    Tony Archer and Russell Smith have been appointed as Anderson's lieutenants as technical coaches and both former Test referees suggested benefit of the doubt might have had its day.

    "It's obviously something that we need to review," 2012 grand final whistleblower Archer said.

    "It's something we have to look at, take in all the facts and look at the right method to take it forward next year."

    Smith added: "We were criticised a few years ago for finding reasons not to award tries. Perhaps we have extended that too far. It's not deliberate - it just happens over time."

    The awarding of a Manly try in their semi-final win over North Queensland despite an apparent Kieran Foran knock-on in the lead-up was one of the low points of the NRL season, and a glaring example of everything that was wrong with the application of the benefit-of-the-doubt rule.

    Justin Hodges' try in the State of Origin decider and a Canterbury try in their round-24 win over Wests Tigers illustrated the widespread confusion in rugby league about the tinkering to the obstruction rule.

    Anderson, who has stepped down from his commentating duties with ABC radio to take up the new role, said he was ready for the intense scrutiny that would come in his new position as successor to Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper.

    "I'm walking into this with my eyes wide open," Anderson said.

    "I'm looking forward to it. It is a challenging and very much high-profile position within the game. As a lover of rugby league, I have a chance to contribute to its evolution and to have an influence."

    The former Warriors, St Helens and Parramatta mentor stressed that he was intent on improving communication between the refereeing ranks and NRL coaches, something that was heavily criticised under the reign of Harrigan and Raper.

    "I'm not sure we are going to get rid of the grey areas at all, but consistency is massive," Anderson said.

    "We will get some things wrong, but I would expect us not to make the same errors game-to-game.

    "We want consistency from the first minute to the eightieth and from round one to round 26."
     
  2. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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  3. eagle-rock08

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    Other rule changes I'd like to see are:

    All kickoffs, or maybe penalty restarts, from your own 20 yard line (similar to NFL and I know the NFL kicks off from their own 30 yard line this year and it sucks, there are that many touchbacks its not funny.)

    The ability to be able call for a fair catch and then not being able to advance the ball after caught.

    Reduce the number of interchange players to 3 and for an interim time make it unlimited and then in a few years impose a sliding number to ten or so as we have now.

    Have an expansion strategy in place 'now' not in five years from now - at least the contending clubs would have a time table of when and who will enter the NRL competition.

    Just my quick thoughts.
     
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  4. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    Fair catch is something i totally disagree with. Makes Snake redundant as having a top notch fullback who is super safe would be a thing of the past. Smash the full back and get it back or hold onto it i reckon.

    Get rid of the benefit of doubt and the stripping rules. If theres doubt it's no try and if the balls lost in the tackle it's fair game.
     
  5. TWO DOGS

    TWO DOGS Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I hope they change the "let's stick it up Manly" rule.
     
  6. eagle-rock08

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    I just remember the 2007 grand final when snake was taken out by 'the best team money can buy' slater and crocker.

    Anyway in my interpretation of the rule of fair catch its up to the catcher to signal, its not automatic.
     
  7. Stevo

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    Crocker hit him in the head. Hardly a good example.

    I realise it's not automatic but why would any fullback contest a high ball if he could catch it safely with out the chance of impact?

    May as well stop paying Snake 400k a season and play George Rose there.
     
  8. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    with a rule like that there would be no kicks into the air near the try line, too easy for a defensive player to call fair catch & never be challenged
     

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