Couple of nice hit ups from Rudolph
Anyone have a view on how the 6 again rule is being ref'd?
My understanding is that it was to be used instead of a penalty but after almost 3 rounds since its introduction my sense is that ref's are calling 6 again in circumstances where they would never have given a penalty.
The only outlier seems to be Ben Cummins who has stayed with the "status quo" i.e. old rules penalty - new rules 6 again
Take the Warriors game v Cowboys there were 13 penalties and while no stats available I would say around 5 6 again per team - when was the last time we would see a NRL game with 23 penalties.
Also the average PTB time was approx 3.5secs (3.47s Warriors, 3.69 Cows) which is not that much different to the average in a 2019 game
Thing is, teams on defense are slowing the tackle down to a snail pace on the first as all they sacrifice now is an extra tackle to kill the roll on instead of a chunk of yardage from the penalty. Also, if a tackler has a crack at a one on one strip, they can slow the tackle down for as long as they like, the Raiders are the masters of it but the other teams are catching on. I hate the new stripping rule for that reason alone.Aren't they trying to quicken the game up with the 6 to go? Less penalties helps with that, but the idea is the slowing of the game gets punished with the 6 to go. So yes, you would hope they are calling things that didn't used to be penalties. No more negative wrestling tactics. However, I was watching some pretty long wrestles in Storm/Knights