General New Rules for 2021


With no penalties for players within the 10m, does that mean refs can’t send players off for continuously infringing?
Last year they would use a six again but for deliberate/ repeat offences they could still penalise (send off if needed).

It’s to deter minor rule breaking but still let the game flow with the ability to penalise as necessary
 
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Hate the two point field goal.

What's next? A five point try so teams down by 7 or 5 can still be in with a chance? A 3 point conversation if you puff a pipe and spin around 10 times before kicking it?

I don't mind rule tweaks but some of these things are just artificial gimmicks and little else designed to over complicate what should be a simple game.
 

With no penalties for players within the 10m, does that mean refs can’t send players off for continuously infringing?
I like them overall.

Great about the captain challenge not being taken away if inconclusive - the interpretation of inconclusive may open more complaints about what is inconclusive 😂. Also checking all tries, tidies up the issues where they calling a try and then they find a foot was out.

Lots of little things to speed up the game.
Love the one about sending them off for 2 minutes if they need a trainer. That was being used strategically.

Only one I’m not sure on is the field goal to 2 points... just why???
 

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Where it says that players offside within the 10m won’t be penalised but will give away 6 more tackles. Just wondering how they will deal with repeat offenders.
i missread that as players offside by less than 10m...

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Yeah if you get 2 points for kick the field goal what about giving us 1 point for hitting the goal post.... come on be fair.
Or 6 points for scoring under the post, no need for a kick at goal and speeds the game up...lmao (okay I will go back to my beers now enjoy)
 
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The idea of penalizing incorrect play-the-balls has been around for ages.

It usually lasts a round or two, then the fans and the broadcasters get pissed off at the continual stoppages in the game.

Whether it's a full-blown penalty, a quick tap or a 6-again, it is a stoppage of sorts. Maybe exhausting teams who don't execute well will have a long-term impact but there's no breath-holding here.

Not against the 2 pt field goal so much as don't see the actual worth of it - I bet we won't see more than 3 successful for the entire 2021 season.

Certainly in favour of the "Captain's Challange remains if the video evidence is inconclusive" idea. "Referee's Call" - which is basically what that kind of situation amounts to - shouldn't lead to a Captain's Challange being lost.
 
The new field goal rule is weird and unnecessary.

I don't think we will see one all year, just like we didn't see a single 20/40 this year.
Imagine if a team with a gun kicker started kicking for field goals at the end of every set. 30 odd sets per game; 50% success rate and that’s 30 points a game for doing nothing🤣

Walker brothers type tactics

Obviously not going to happens but shows the relative overweight of a 2 point field goal.
 
The 2 point FG could backfire and make the game less interesting. I reckon the Storm & the Rorters will figure out how to field a side with a specialist long distance kicker 🤣
And that 2 mins off the field for any kind of trainer attended injury reads like a good rule but in practice it could actually get crazy to enforce. I suppose it’s encouraging the right behaviour
 
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Hate the two point field goal.

What's next? A five point try so teams down by 7 or 5 can still be in with a chance? A 3 point conversation if you puff a pipe and spin around 10 times before kicking it?

I don't mind rule tweaks but some of these things are just artificial gimmicks and little else designed to over complicate what should be a simple game.
Wouldn't worry too much, not likely many teams going for a droppie from 40 out and getting it over the sticks
 
The field goal rule seems odd when I first read it but then I was thinking most teams struggle 20 metres out so 40 metres out would be pretty rare. It might end up a rule we forget about like the 20/40 rule that I can't recall happening this year.

It will probably end up wining a game when a team is down by two points and they go for a field goal. When its up in the air we'll be they are going to even it up next thing the scoreboard ticks over 2 points. Then oh that's right. Please don't happen to us.🤞

I am a fan of changing the points allocated to games 3 points for a win and split golden point for 2 for the winner and 1 for the loser so there is a reward for team getting to golden point. Gould used to shut that down as it makes things lopsided with some games worth more than others or goes against tradition. Expect he'd think the same way about the 2 point field goal.
 
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Only one kicked at all in 2020
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