AFL players rarely drop an uncontested mark with kicks coming in from often long distances.Most top Rules players have superb hands--they must. Marking in a pack is different where buffeting can of course cause a missed mark.Forwards always have elite defenders whose sole purpose is to spoil their mark.The spectacular high marks display the greatest skill of any sport. Top mid-fielders run up to 20kms a game--athletes with superb aerobic fitness.They have many interchanges but these are almost always very short breaks--a couple of minutes at the most.RL players can only dream of this type of fitness.Even the fittest NRL players wouldn't cope with the long distances necessary to run.When GI was with the STORM they were trying to get him to run 2km a game to get him more involved. AFL may appear a fumbling game but nearly always it is deliberate as a player has to avoid being caught in possession.The "fumbling" is a true skill of the game & if played well can attract free kicks as a player can't be tackled when not in possession. The kicking skills are also superior in AFL---NRL clubs now using AFL teams to coach in kicking.AFL,of course,can learn some tackling technique from league & teams such as the Swans & Melbourne teams,especially,have utilised the league sides. Also in AFL there is no wasting of time with the games going for the whole 120 minutes. The stoppages in RL for goal-kicks,scrums etc has reduced the real action dramatically ,with I think ,some games being reduced by up to 30 mins of quality time.ie actual play being only 50 mins.Lots of rest time for players & loss of entertainment time for the fans.There aren't too many seconds wasted in AFL.Every time the play stops the clock stops. I love both games but the AFL is a more spectacular event;more open & less dour. I was born & bred on RL in the heart of Sths territory & have been following them for 60 yrs. Going back 18 mths I was so concerned with their arse-up,bash & barge style that I could barely watch them.Fortunately that has changed a fair bit in the last 12 mths!!