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If you could change the laws of rugby, what would you change?

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Bowside, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Dan54 Andrew Slack (58)

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    Whoops!!!:D
  2. drewprint Vay Wilson (31)

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    Agreed. The worst part is how they end up crowding and bumping the opposition players. Geez I’d be cranky if I just got scored against and this happened.
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  3. Proud Pig Fred Wood (13)

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    I also believe in bringing back rucking, up to a point.
    That point being of course if either a winger or a half decides to get involved in the breakdown.
    Then they should be fair game for a bit of rucking.
    Few things bring a smile to a front rowers face more than seeing a little fella spat out of the back of a ruck.
    The grin can only get bigger if said front rower has managed to ruck his own winger.
  4. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    This is old fashion. Half the wingers going around these days are heavier than props.
  5. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    But the offending player still has to front the judiciary. He/she could be out for numerous matches depending on the offence and severity.

    The present situation is very inconsistent, depending on the time in the game the offence takes place and the interpretation of the matter by the referee. An offence deemed red card by a referee early in the game can see one side reduced to 14 players for almost the entire match, while the very same offence late in the game might see that side one man short for only a few minutes. It is all very inconsistent atm. The suggestion by Eastman would at least consistently leave all sides only down by 10 minutes or less (if the offence takes place in the final 10 minutes of a game).

    I think the suggestion has a lot of merit and very little, if any in reality, down side.
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  6. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    My observation is that in more cases than not, the player attempting to pilfer places his hands on the ground beyond the ball initially. Others, and I include an Aussie hooker in here, use their knees on a player on the ground to remain "on their feet".

    Bridging is rife and not supporting own weight is very common.
  7. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    that's actually a really good point BR.
  8. Dan54 Andrew Slack (58)

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    I am an old bastard I know drew, but I would get pissed with my own team doing it, I would never survive in professional rugby, as a forward if my scrum smashes the opposition one, if my backline came in smacking me on back, I would get cranky and tell them to f*** off and get ready for next play!! Maybe I just a grumpy old man, but when I played just tell me at end of game when I did well , or f***ed up!
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  9. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    You'd get mad at your own team congratulating you on doing a thing well?
  10. tragic Trevor Allan (34)

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    I would agree with the red cards in days gone by. It had to be a pretty bloody serious offence to get sent off.
    But red cards are a dime a dozen in this era.
    Frequently the offence is not bad enough to determine the outcome of a game - which is what 14 men against a top tier side is essentially doing.
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  11. Dan54 Andrew Slack (58)

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    Yep, during the play, I don't mind 'good hit' or something being said, but wingers, centres etc that insist on running in from 20-30 matres away, and back slapping because I had done my job and outscrummed opposition would piss me big time, man save your energy to do your job. As I say I a grumpy old bastard, I would find it f***ing annoying!
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  12. tragic Trevor Allan (34)

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    Drop goals should be reduced to 1 point.
    They should be a game breaker only.
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  13. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Solid agreement here.
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  14. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    probably been said already, but, the clock is stopped until the ball has been fed into the scrum and stops again if the scrum goes down and play stops.
  15. TSR John Thornett (49)

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    Clearly I’m too old too. Never understand the need to celebrate every success like it’s a game winning play.

    I assumed it was just the backs trying to get on TV.
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  16. formerflanker Chilla Wilson (44)

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    A logical assumption.
    However that's society these days.
    Bum pats between doubles tennis players. Fist pumps by beach volleyballers. Head pats for anyone who stuffs up in all sports. Low 5s from union refs.
    Snowflakes the lot of 'em.
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  17. TSR John Thornett (49)

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    Indeed.

    See I was always more a fan of the Boonie approach. Score a ton, raise the bat once, adjust the box and take gaurd for the next delivery.

    Michael Slater has a lot to answer for.
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  18. Lindommer Steve Williams (59)

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    Exactly the same as AFL. The aerial ping-pong timekeepers are meticulous about stopping the clock when the ball's not in play, something rugby would do well to copy.
  19. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    We would kill the players. Games would be going for four hours!
  20. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Not so sure on that. If it were 4 hours then you are talking NFL format with plenty of time not playing and intermitent bursts. I doubt we'd end up there.

    We are however talking about actually 80 mins playing time.
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