2 X 9 team conference system

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  1. Eelementary

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    I was thinking of him - first name that came to mind.

    But, alas, he's no longer with us...:(

    I loved his intensity, but he couldn't wrestle for shit.
     
  2. Eelementary

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    Tbh I think one area that would help eliminate the wrestle is coaching - if coaches start telling their teams to push up in support of a forward making a hitup, the defending team will be less likely to definitely commit three men to a tackle, knowing an offload or pass may come.

    And then coaches need to look at tape of players who are strong at landing in their stomach most of the time (like Mannah) and coach their players to do that.
     
  3. Eelementary

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    Also - I wonder if moving the 10m back to 15m might help eliminate the wrestle.

    I mean, it's all good and well to send three men into a tackle, but if they're trying to tackle a big, strong prop who already has a full head of steam by the time he's run 10m, his power and momentum might be enough to make wrestling difficult.

    Besides, these days the ten is more like 8...
     
  4. Poupou Escobar

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    I think it would be better to discourage teams from grinding rather than turning every tackle into more of a f**kfight than it already is.

    This would require two major rule changes:

    1. Reduce the number of players on the field (I like nine, with four on the bench).

    2. Reduce the tackle count (I like three or four).

    Other changes would be required to reduce the need for the wrestle.
     
  5. Poupou Escobar

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    I think it would make the wrestle worse. The reason for the wrestle is to slow the play-the-ball, which became even more important after the introduction of the ten metre rule. The wrestle was brought in to give the defence time to reset.

    Moving things back to 15m will just make quick play-the-balls even more important. In fact, they would probably lead to a linebreak every time. Most (if not all) teams would rather risk a penalty than give up a guaranteed linebreak.

    The best way to reduce the wrestle would be to bring the defence closer - back to five metres would do it. That would force teams to actually use the ball rather than hammering it up the guts looking for a quick play-the-ball.
     
  6. lingard

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    I disagree. I think there should be NO stripping allowed whatsoever. When an attacking player has the ball, a defender is allowed to tackle them - that's all. None of this knocking the ball out of their hands stuff. That's for sissies. If attacking players weren't so worried about having the ball stripped from them, there'd be a lot more adventurous attacking play - forwards looking to get the pass away a la Arthur Beetson, more adventurous off-loading, etc. Stripping is an absolute blight on the game and leads players to be way too conservative in attack.
     
  7. Barry O'Speedwagon

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    ....and then you'd see blokes just let go of the ball whenever a defender's arm was in the vicinity. Free penalty.
     
  8. I'm a loser baby...

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    No stripping, but attackers must hold the ball above their head when running. Problem solved, and some awesome rib-crunchers to boot.
     

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