but isnt that the same thing you would see in opposed training sessions? Especially with a ref in attendance to make it as game realistic as a Trial gameThe NRL posted an article saying the refs had visited all teams during preseason and made them aware of their rules and interpretations. Play the ball was something that they were focussing on at the nines and stated that any incorrect play the balls would result in penalties.
As for trials, i would think its more of a benefit to teams as giving combos a chance to work, seeing how some good trainers in preseason go, match fitness etc.
Also the way i heard it this was put across as a regular thing above and beyond the updating of the rules.