When teams were attacking from their own half two scenarios occurred -- the defence dropped back their wingers which encouraged the attack to throw the ball around in their own half to create overlaps. This generated more linebreak runs from their own half. I'd say this kind of play is lacking at NRL level. This rule discourages simplistic dummy half hit ups and invites more creativity in attack.
But -- when defences were trying to plug those overlaps by drawing their wingers in, precision touchfinders gave (not always) the attack repeat sets.
What makes this better than a 40-30 is that is can be used by the attack anywhere in their own half (in this case the half line was the cut off). For 40-20s defences can prepare to cover a kick by knowing where the attack is on the field and drop back solely for that tackle. In a general 40 metre touchfinder there is no such predictability.
I've been waiting my whole life to witness a grubber kicking duel. This rule would make that a reality.
The only reasons I prefer 40/30 is I want to see considerably more successful attempts (a couple each game on average). Also I have doubt that women or kids can kick 40/20s at all...and more importantly to stop 40/30 I think the defence would need to have 3 back whilst with general 40 they could get away with 2 back since it is a much more difficult kick and the defender has more time to cover it.
Either way rugby league should be trialling one or the other of these.
Maybe TB is right, RL should go the Rah Rah way and kick instead of run . . . maybe the game would be finally recognized as a sport
Let me ask you this SWR: are you saying you do not like the 40/20 rule at all?
Many people, me included, consider it to be the best rule introduced in the last 15 years.
We can both make no f**king sense together . . . AG would say we have a lot in commonThis does not make any sense.
They already kick almost once every set of possession (a "down town" or a bomb).
There would only be an increase in the amount of kicking if they each kicked earlier in sets of possession. But they would only do that if they were having success with the tactic. If they were having success with the tactic that would mean there are more sets of possession starting inside the attacking 30 (and from play making as well not from penalties as per todays game). Those sets would see a lot of running, passing and general risk taking.
So what you would see is a lot more running, passing, line breaks from inside own half and risk taking and a bit more kicking. What you would see is less of the 5 hit up//bomb sets.