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Three rule changes that must be made in Super League next season

Rules are a controversial aspect of any sport. No one is ever completely happy with them and every rule change brings positives and negatives. Right now, the rules in Super League do a sound job. They’ve enabled a fast, free-flowing and often end-to-end product full of tries and dramatic moments but they’re far from perfect. So, today we’re looking at three rule changes we need to see in Super League next season.

Captain’s Challenge

You’ve got to say that the Captain’s Challenge has been a success down under. It’s added extra drama as well as ensuring that we avoid wrong decisions in big moments after all referees are only human. This idea comes with a certain risk and reward which only adds to the contest especially in the biggest games. To me, it’s a no brainer as it adds to the game, creates drama and helps rewrite wrong decisions meaning we can avoid controversial moments which do more harm than good.

Changing the six again

The six again rule has done a lot of good. It’s made the game quicker and subsequently more exciting whilst promoting attacking rugby. It also seems to make comebacks more plausible if Leeds’ 20 point turn around against Huddersfield last year and Catalans five-minute 18-point comeback against St Helens is anything to go by. But there isn’t enough clarity surrounding the rule for me. I find myself thinking a six again should be given and it isn’t whereas sometimes one is given when I see no clear-cut reasoning behind it. To me this has to change. Furthermore, at times greater punishment is clearly needed when teams utilise holding down because the clock is about to run out and they only face the prospect of another tackle. It’s a great rule in principle but needs a touch up for sure.

No seven tackle sets

For a long time, the seven-tackle sets that follow a 20-metre restart have irked me. I understand the principles behind it but at the end of the day it often punishes good kicks and attacking pieces of play that could have yielded a try but for the bounce of the ball. If this rule remains, it will continue to deter people from looking to create tries from nothing and will continue to punish otherwise good kicks.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Terry Cook

    September 25, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    One rule would change is having the referee on the field not able to say it a try or no try if he goes to the screen .
    The statement should be “Is there any reason l cannot give a try ” .
    That then takes the pressure off the video referee

  2. Gerry McDermott

    September 27, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    The

  3. Gerry McDermott

    September 27, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    The most important thing they need to do in my opinion is bring back scrums and give the half backs room to create.

  4. David Eckersley

    September 27, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Dead right on the six again rule seems to me refs using at times to stop team running away with the game, needs to be clarified what constitutes a set restart?

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