We’ve seen some significant NRL crackdowns come and go this year. Off the top of my head there’s been the ruck crack down, which was enforced vigorously until people complained about the dummy half milking penalties and then they went the other way, allowing for players to now fall asleep around the play the ball. There was the sin binathon, which faded away after the first SOO game highlighted how ridiculous the officiating had become. There was the play the ball penalties which have all but disappeared (although they can still pop up randomly from time to time). As far as I can tell, the only thing these knee jerk reactions have brought to the game is to create even more inconsistency and confusion. I’ve never seen a sporting competition go through so many administrative enforced changes in one half season.