The Six Again rule has been making headlines recently especially Phil Clarke accused Champions St Helens of “effectively cheating” by using the rule to slow Huddersfield Giants down on Thursday night.
Today at Headingley we have seen another draw back of the rule.
Catalans Dragons gave away a six again near the Rhinos tryline. It is important to note that a Six Again is an instance of foul play and previously considered a penalty.
Thus, it is something to be punished. However, this favoured the Dragons here.
They were able to set their line up and get ready to try and force a goal line drop out.
That’s exactly what they tried to do with Rhyse Martin hit hard and swarmed by defence.
He tried to smuggle the ball away and it was picked up by the Dragons, though there was a suspicion of a knock on though ruled backwards, and the Dragons scored.
Following this former Super League official Richard Silverwood, who has been outspoken recently about wanting the rule to be “scrapped” especially after the St Helens game, has described the six again rule as “sh*t” believing the try shows the problem with it:
“What a sh*t rule. Catalans are fine with a six again so there line can get set and ramp up, as a result they fly off the line and end up scoring instead of a penalty. Shite rule”
What a shit rule. Catalans are fine with a six again so there line can get set and ramp up, as a result they fly off the line and end up scoring instead of a penalty. Shite rule
— Richard Silverwood (@SilversRef) March 25, 2023