I was also thinking about game speed for the reasons you mentioned.
I think the issue is that there are no legitimate game-slowing tactics anymore. Once upon a time, a kick for touch 10 out like what Wighton did earlier would slow the game, give the team a breather. It was tactical, and it was something to defend if the team without the ball wanted to keep the game at speed. Now, teams have to do the illegitimate kind of game management, and it also plays into the refereeing decisions.
Canberra deserved to have someone sent to the bin. It was blatant, but it has now had a HUGE impact on the game, and in these circumstances it is NOT on the ref, but it could be seen to be.
Yeah, but it is actually the NRL that have caused this problem by changing the rules.I hear ya but I think most fans are smarter than the NRL would have you believe. I think most fans will know this is all on the Raiders, they've been disgraceful and Stuart will complain as he always does but he should be ignored.
The raiders have been garbage this whole game and the only reason they've been in it is because of all the illegal slowing down on their try line.Canberra deserved to have someone sent to the bin. It was blatant, but it has now had a HUGE impact on the game, and in these circumstances it is NOT on the ref, but it could be seen to be.
Oh, definitely in this case the Raiders only have themselves to blame. But we have discussed here how the players are incentivised to push the rules, because typically the good teams are the ones able to slow the ruck (illegally) and force the ref to make those calls. The Raiders are just **** at doing that, and too **** to defend an 18 point lead with 12 men for 10 minutes.The raiders have been garbage this whole game and the only reason they've been in it is because of all the illegal slowing down on their try line.
If they had to play within the rules tigers are probably winning the game already