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Phil Clarke claims Super League rule “is being ignored”

As Leeds Rhinos battled Warrington Wolves in Super League last Thursday night one rule came under the spotlight.

There are many rules being debate right now such as the six again rule which is constantly being brought up in discussions.

Meanwhile the notion of limiting tackles to two people has been floated.

Currently, two law modifications will be trialled in the RFL Academy competition this summer, as part of the three-year research project across Rugby League led by Leeds Beckett University. The project is quantifying head impact and acceleration exposures in the sport with the aim of increasing understanding and reducing future risk.

The following law modifications are being  trialled over four rounds of the Academy competition from June 15 to July 30:

The legal tackle height will be reduced to below the armpit at initial contact, with penalisation for contact on the head and neck at any point.

Kick-offs will now be taken from 10 metres further forward – on the opposition’s 40-metre line, rather than the halfway line at present – to reduce the impact of ensuing collisions.

But one rule change that was unanimously supported was the shot clock.

This gives teams a set window to pack scrums and nail drop outs and if they fail a penalty is awarded.

However, Phil Clarke claimed that this rule was being ignored at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last week.

He said in Sky Sports: “I think we are just ignoring the shot clock rule. The timer ran out a good five seconds ago and nothing was done.

“There is no urgency from anyone.”

Interestingly, there was also some lengthy stoppages in Hull FC’s battle with Catalans Dragons with Paul Cooke saying on the OurLeague app:

“I think Tony Smith is getting irate about the stop star nature of the game. The ball goes out of play and it has taken us a minute to get started again.”

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