Rugby league is constantly evolving. Here are six rule changes or interpretations the NRL must implement.
Stop The Clock in Dead-Ball Situations
Nearly every sport stops the clock when the ball is out of play, a score has just been registered or a player is down injured. For consistency throughout the 80 minutes, the clock should stop whenever the ball is not in play. This can operate easily in conjunction with the shot clock to ensure teams don’t give themselves extra time for a breather.
Kickers have a drink,wipe their face then line up the kick for goal.
Surely a shot clock is needed before they ask for a cuppa next #nrl
— Mick Attarian (@pmens72) April 28, 2017
Video Refs to Rule on Forward Passes
The touch judges and referees seemingly miss most of these so out of necessity, the Bunker should be able to rule on forward passes. If they can rule on offside then the technology is there to rule on forward passes.
@NRL do you guys know how to call a forward pass against the broncos? I’m asking for a friend!
— Hannah// 🚌 (@princess_hann_) May 19, 2017
Bring Back the Five-Minute Sin Bin
Referees are loath to use the sin bin because 10 minutes is a long time. The five-minute bin needs to be reintroduced if, for nothing else, to stop the prevalence of teams giving away consecutive penalties on their own line.
@NRL 10 in the sin bin is a joke for most infringements. Please bring in a 5 minute sin bin for minor incidents.
— CLE_CAVS Australia™ (@AUS_Cavaliers) May 11, 2017
No Seven-Tackle Set Off a Missed Field Goal
The seven-tackle set has virtually killed the field goal. It was introduced to stop teams deliberately kicking the ball dead but has had the flow-on effect of limiting field goal attempts. The field goal is a wonderful part of the game so this rule needs to be tempered.
Seven tackle sets after field goal attempts is rubbish. #NRL
— Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) June 5, 2016
Penalties for Moving Off The Mark
Rugby league officiating has become a nanny state in many areas, referees “teaching” players on the run. Players know the rules and if they don’t, they should. If a player moves off the mark and plays the ball, it should be a penalty to the defensive team.
— Vicki Hunt (@Vicki_Hunt69) April 29, 2017
Start Penalising Voluntary Tackles
It will surprise many to know that the voluntary tackle is still a penalty in rugby league, though it hasn’t been called in a quarter-century. Voluntary tackles are becoming an increasing blight on the game with players deliberately going down near their own in-goal. It needs to be eradicated.
So the player who illegally voluntarily tackles himself is awarded a penalty from the player who made a legal tackle. #NRLStormWarriors
— CommentaryBoxSports (@Comm_Box_Sports) April 25, 2017