“It’ll be touch and pass soon” – Legendary coach and commentator stunned by penalties

It was announced recently that academy games would trial new rules to try and reduce the risk of concussion.

These new rules would see kick-offs from the opposition 40 metre line rather than halfway and also a reduced tackle height making anything above the armpit a penalty.

Fans were sceptical about the trial before hand which began last week as Bradford Bulls’ academy lost to Leeds Rhinos’ academy 32-50.

Perhaps it was so high scoring because of the number of penalties award with there being nearly 60 awarded, the vast majority for high tackles.

Reports are suggesting that in total 56 penalties were handed out.

This is part of an overall focus from the sport to make it safer.

However, speaking on BBC, legendary Super League coach and current Widnes Vikings boss John Kear questioned some of the rule changes.

During St Helens’ win over Hull FC, the Black and Whites were penalised for what seemed like a fairly normal tackle as Jonny Lomax threatened to pull away

After seeing this, Kear said: “That’s just a tackle. If you can’t tackle like that, then how can you tackle them?”

Then BBC commentator Matt Newsome responded saying:

“It will be touch and pass soon John.”

This is a common complaint among supporters.

However, the penalty was likely given as Chris Kendall felt he saw a trip.