Send-offs in the 'six again', size and speed era

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EaglesDontTweet

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In the current era of rugby league with six agains, betting, head contact rules, shoulder charge rules, etc., it's my opinion that they should consider other options to leaving a side one or more players short whilst protecting player welfare..

When teams are similarly matched it's almost always game over.

I also don't recall the last time I saw a player that appeared to intentionally harm an opposing player's head.

My concern is that it's the action of the player, not the team (as it always been I know). We saw Manly suffer when Lawton got sent (legitimately) in early minutes last year for what I'm sure was accidental (the ideas below came from this incident).

My suggestion would be...

Penalty given - two points if kickable

Offending player sent off for game - to face judiciary and suffer appropriate penalty

A replacement player - back for back player, forward for forward, from interchange spot to replace sent-off player

Points Penalty: 8 points awarded to opposing team (= converted try plus 2 points)

This would effectively give the opposing team a try plus two to four points advantage whilst the offending team loses the offending player and an interchange, and the offending player suffers suspension for x games at judiciary.

I still believe this would protect players welfare with significant targetted penalties whilst maintaining the spectacle of the game.

Just my thoughts, keen to hear other suggestions/opinion.
 

Tragic Eagle

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Agree totally. The impact of the game is such a Signiant imbalance it destroys the contest. We have 4 on the bench and an 18th man. Having an extra man on the bench is advantage enough in the circus the new game has become with the six again rule. Tickets cost too much for a contest to be destroyed after only 7 minutes. The NRL are a weird bunch in some occasions they change rules on a whim almost instantly that significantly affect the spectacle our game once was, but in respect of other problematic rules like this one and the debacle the bunker has become they have their feet stuck in mud.
 

jbb/james

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I thought the 10 m was huge last night despite the lack of penalties for infringing

Is it possible to dislike slater more as a coach than player. Its coming . Dude has a stick up his arse ,
 

The '47ers

When Eagles are silent Parrots begin to chatter
In the current era of rugby league with six agains, betting, head contact rules, shoulder charge rules, etc., it's my opinion that they should consider other options to leaving a side one or more players short whilst protecting player welfare..

When teams are similarly matched it's almost always game over.

I also don't recall the last time I saw a player that appeared to intentionally harm an opposing player's head.

My concern is that it's the action of the player, not the team (as it always been I know). We saw Manly suffer when Lawton got sent (legitimately) in early minutes last year for what I'm sure was accidental (the ideas below came from this incident).

My suggestion would be...

Penalty given - two points if kickable

Offending player sent off for game - to face judiciary and suffer appropriate penalty

A replacement player - back for back player, forward for forward, from interchange spot to replace sent-off player

Points Penalty: 8 points awarded to opposing team (= converted try plus 2 points)

This would effectively give the opposing team a try plus two to four points advantage whilst the offending team loses the offending player and an interchange, and the offending player suffers suspension for x games at judiciary.

I still believe this would protect players welfare with significant targetted penalties whilst maintaining the spectacle of the game.

Just my thoughts, keen to hear other suggestions/opinion.

You'd have to go through it with coaches eyes, they always look for loopholes in everything.
Manly would pick me, I'd run out and gladly hipdrop and/or headbutt a Rapana, Mahoney, Gutherson etc. Get sent, then be replaced by Paseka.
 

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