As for the captain's challenge, I can't see it being used for much more than 50-50 knock-on calls. Electric outside backs like Roberts will come into their own from centred scrums. Following the 472 restarts awarded so far, tries have been scored within 90 seconds on 84 occasions. ... has long been a blight on rugby league. I don't think the Refs' Bunker will go against the referee's on-field call too often if it's challenged. If a player convinces his captain to review a play and they lose a challenge they need later, he'll get grilled! Rather than just a way to restart play with a prop or centre having a mundane hit-up at first receiver, scrums will quickly become an offensive weapon. featured alongside some of Australia’s most prominent sports journalists. 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R&S takes all care in the preparation of information appearing on the site, but accepts no responsibility nor warrants the accuracy of the information displayed. "We have observed an increasing trend of markers either not standing square or breaking early and placing themselves in an offside position," ARLC chairman Peter V'landys said. NRL clubs will also up the ante in their fitness programs, and aggressively scour the market for the fittest players on the planet, especially in their forward packs. That is now set to change once again, with referees now allowed to restart the tackle count immediately if markers are not square as opposed to blowing a penalty. The league this week trialled a handful of potential rule changes in two separate dead rubber games, including Sunday's contest between the Warriors and Manly. On that note, the NRL will need to weigh up if dropping the interchange from eight to six will benefit the game further or if it will gas teams out so much that the product suffers as a result, such as more mistakes. "I'm always honest", says Phil Gould who reckons his NRL grand final call wasn't biased, The Storm's NRL stranglehold grows stronger, but Panthers are 2021 favourites, NRL grand final player ratings: Penrith Panthers, NRL grand final player ratings: Melbourne Storm, Now is the perfect time to expand State of Origin. Anyone can contribute to The Roar and have their work Become a member to join in Australia's biggest sporting debate, submit articles, receive updates straight to your inbox and keep up with your favourite teams and authors. Over this span, they have outscored opponents by 74 points. 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It's been linked to injury, impaired entertainment and, most scandalous of all, Melbourne Storm success. The quality may not have been as great as Origin, due in part to the mistakes being made towards the back end of each game as a result of heightened fatigue levels, but the product has improved substantially. NRL set for another rule change aimed at catching markers breaking early. Towering Roosters winger Daniel Tupou could easily score 20 tries this year because of it. Since the return of the NRL season on May 28, the six-again rule as a whole has worked quite well at speeding the game up. It is not the new six again rule in isolation which has caused the alarming injury toll across the NRL but its introduction in already stressed times. And after one round of its introduction, it was a masterstroke. I don't think there's a need to try many trick shots: just give clean, early ball to your centres and get them one-on-one with their opposite number. I don't think the 20/40 rule or the captain's challenge system will be overly consequential, but the new guidelines for scrums and mid-air tackles will change the game. The story behind Storm’s goggle-inspired celebrations, Storm Hour: The messages from Victoria that fuelled a premiership, Soward: Where the grand final was won and lost, If this was Captain Cam's swan song he hit the perfect note, Experts' view: 2020 Clive Churchill Medal winner, You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content. Super League: Buzzer to sound when new six-again rule is enforced Watch Super League's restart live on Sky Sports this Sunday. By and large, the scrum rule should bring some excitement. With the game going back to one referee in an attempt to cost-cut following the COVID-19 crisis, the NRL have also seen the introduction of the six-again rule for ruck infringements. In the other dead rubber clash between Brisbane and North Queensland, a try was denied by the bunker despite being originally awarded by the on-field officials. It’s undoubtedly quickened the game up Down Under – and the six-again rules look to have done the same in Super League. Rugby league great Darren Lockyer says the scrum laws brought in for the 2020 NRL season need to address how referees police the back of the scrum. But those will be closely monitored over the rest of the season. Outlawing the tackling of attacking players in mid-air will prove to be the most influential rule, in my opinion. Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler said it was the only rule change he saw merit in applying in the future. "The introduction of the six-again rule has added to the spectacle of the game and the Commission will continue to be dynamic and agile to ensure we keep the game as entertaining as possible. Sign-up here. Forwards became tired a lot quicker, which effectively brought the outside backs into the mix. It won't have much impact on the game," he said. Either they'll shut down the play or a differential penalty will be blown, meaning a penalty goal shot can't be taken. Did the Bunker really 'get the rules wrong' in the NRL grand final? With a few new rules set to benefit attacking footy, I'm preparing to see an avalanche of points in 2020. Super League's return is inching closer and the competition will look a lot different when it comes back, with the Rugby Football League set to introduce a number of new rules … In some of the most drastic rule changes experimented with at NRL level, offside penalties will result in set restarts while scrums won’t be packed when the ball is kicked into touch. I can confidently predict very few 20/40s will be attempted. In fact, the Eels and the Roosters are particularly effective, together conceding just three tries across the season within 90 seconds of a set restart (marked in red below). Referees have the option of sending players to the sin bin for repeated ruck infringements or professional fouls. And for kickers who can't find their range, they'll frequently give away seven-tackle sets by kicking too deep or release the pressure by coming up short. In fact, over the past six rounds they have won the restart count just once, in their round 5 loss to the Eels. This information is provided for entertainment purposes only. The top four teams in the NRL — Parramatta, Melbourne, Penrith and the Roosters — have each conceded more set restarts than they have earned, a fact spotted this week by keen rugby league watchers. Ultimately, the six-again set restart rule gets a solid nine out of ten mark for the betterment of the greatest game of all and I am happy to see it is here to stay for the long haul. Less group tackles slowing the game down created better viewing for the fan, lowering our frustration levels when players would get worked over in the ruck and have three to four players peel off one by one with the rest of the defensive line set for the next hit-up.