Melbourne's exploitation of the ruck is a blight on our game. Their success is built on winning the ruck in most situations. Bellamy is not a genius, he is the grub that introduced the wrestle in league. In defence, they wrestle, and slow down the ruck. In attack, their robots spring off their feet and allow Smith to cause havoc from dummy half. On at least 3 occasions, in our semi loss last year, Smith turned our slow markers inside out leading to tries. The ruck in our modern game is a contest, but it shouldn't be! The tackle should be effected, their should be a clean play the ball and the ball should be released from the ruck without any initial advantage to either team. The obsession with a speedy play the ball is not needed in league. Arko was smart enough to move the defensive line back from 5m to 10m. That's far back enough to turn the whole game into a fair contest, a battle contested by guile halves and stoic forwards. Think back to the Cliffy Lyons days. No wrestle back then, and Cliffy's sublime skills were our competitive advantage. Last years, our halves were chocked. Moving forward, if they were able to play the game with the ruck being a non event, then their would be no other better halves combination in the league. Our team would smack Melbourne on every occasion. My solution to the ruck problem is this: 1. Anything that looks like a wrestle is a penalty and usually defined as working the player whilst upright or on the ground 2. Marker and guy playing the ball must be allowed to stand upright in the ruck 3. Marker must take one step back from the ruck area 4. Guy playing the ball must use both hands to place the ball on the ground and cleanly strike the ball between his legs That's right folks, the most radical suggestion here is that players must use both hands to play the ball. Our current halves would win us a bag of trophies and Bellamy would be left wondering what other grubby tactic he could introduce to wreck our game.