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Advantage rule changed

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,894 /65
    Robert Finch sacks Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton for NRL round seven

    * From: The Daily Telegraph
    * April 20, 2010 3:08PM

    NRL referees boss Robert Finch has today sacked two referees for incompetent displays in the round six clash between Parramatta and Souths.

    Referees Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton have been dropped to the lower grades after their disgraceful decisions to sin-bin Parramatta captain Nathan Cayless and Souths centre Beau Champion.

    The Daily Telegraph's Sport Editor-at-large Phil Rothfield described the decision as a victory for commonsense.

    "This is a a great win for The Daily Telegraph and our readers who all drove the message hard yesterday that they were no longer prepared to tolerate sub-standard refereeing," Rothfield said.

    Despite making the correct call to axe the whistleblowers, referees boss Finch was still standing by his edict to sin-bin players for repeated indiscretions.

    In a statement released by the NRL at 2.45pm, Finch said: "Referees will continue to crack down on teams that continually breach the rules but it is clearly unacceptable for the wrong player to be sent to the sin-bin.

    "Referees are accountable for their performances and between the two of them this error should not have occurred.

    "It is now up to both Ben and Gerard to work their way back into the top grade, which I am sure they will do.”

    The NRL statement continued: "Finch today also announced that the referees’ interpretation of the advantage rule would revert back to the discretion of the referees and that, from Round 7, the 10-metre territorial gain for the advantage rule will no longer apply.

    "The 10-metre ruling was designed to get more consistency from all referees, which is what every club, player and fan wants, but it has become apparent that the advantage rule interpretation should be left to the discretion of the referees and that is what will occur from this week."
  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,894 /65
    Would be easier to get consistency if we only had 1 of the idiots on the park, that is the reason they are trying to make every decision black and white at the moment, leave any grey area there and the 2 muppets with both rule different things

    Am still waiting to see positives from this 2 ref debacle and we aren't far off a year and a half into it
  3. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,743 /120
    Good. at least something has happened.

    The 10 metre advantage rule in theory was ok, but the fact you could run all the way across the field and drop it but get it back si stupid.

    Also the fact that if you pick it up from a knock on within 10 metres of the line, the only way to get advantage is to score
  4. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

    +631 /12
    I actually liked the 10m advantage. As stated, it's black & white so there's no problem with it.

    Now we'll be in the situation where the favoured teams will still essentially get the 10m & Manly will get 1m. Bollocks to that. Just because the commentators were having a whinge, doesn't mean there was a problem.
  5. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    I hate this 'Change this. Change that" approach in the middle of the season. Just stick with the rules as they are and change them in the off-season or trial them at the end in 'dead rubber' games.

    If they just had a rule that the team had the ball until the end of the next tackle after a knock on then it is unambiguous.

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