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Rugby league fans furious as new rules lead to insane number of penalties in academy clash

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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 tonight 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 and it had one fan who attended branding the game “an utter shambles.”

The same fan went on to say that he felt there were about three penalties per set and that players looked confused by the whole ordeal.

Meanwhile, another fan branded it an “absolute joke.”

They went on to say they wouldn’t continue to watch the sport if this continues.

Upon seeing the final score, one fan joked asking if it was the penalty count instead.

Even Bradford Bulls’ Twitter account were bemused by what went on as the signs were shown very early on in the game.

Some fans did see the funny side of things however:

Meanwhile, one fan said “it has to work” with regards to the trial.

The RFL should not be blamed for this. Given the current climate, they simply have to try things like this.

Furthermore, this is the first example and therefore things could get better from here.

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