- Apr 7, 2011
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Great stuff!AFL style slapping was never in league until the NRL banned the punch. Now we have all sorts of AFL style sly cheap rubbish going on. But Aunt May can't see that so she thinks the game is cleaner when in fact it is grubbier than ever.
Neutering rugby league won't save society. There's more violence on tv every night than what Gallen did in an Origin moment. Try watching an episode of Wentworth or even a 1960s Batman brawl.
And meanwhile UFC & MMA are cleaning up millions of dollars in tickets and sponsors.
Mums don't play rugby league so what she thinks isn't the biggest pressure on the NRL. Its the boys themselves that decide. If the boys don't have any interest in playing league what mum thinks won't even matter.
Well said, and off topic, it is for that reason that every player that dons our jersey and runs on the field doesn't deserve some of the disrespectful and disparaging comments made by some posters on this forum.Fair enough!
Anecdotally, I recall as a kid discovering rugby league (I didn't go to a league school) and found it absolutely compelling largely because of the fear factor. Not many matches were televised, and I couldn't get to Brookie too often, so I'd read all the snippets and looked at the photos in the daily papers. My overriding impression was that this was beyond tough, it was scary. I recall a front page picture of the seriously mashed face of a young Saints prop who received the standard initiation from Souths forwards.
Part of the appeal of my early heroes for Manly was that they were actually brave and strong enough to stand up to the scary thugs of other teams.
It is a different game now, but it will never go back to the old ways. Better in some ways but has lost something too. Swings and roundabouts.
They (the owners of the game) much prefer the option of 'influencing' next weeks game (and the week after).Love how the nrl can change whatever rule they want mid season but STILL wont implement a 5 min sin bin.