You do realize that the rules are the same for everyone? So if half the comps teams are consistently getting hammered on the scoreboard, then how is that a rules issue when the other half the comps teams don't?
How often have the top teams been blown away on the score board this year?
So if the better teams are not getting blown away on a regular basis or weekly like the lower teams, maybe the depth of quality players in the competition just isn't there? Just a thought...remember we are all playing under the same rules.
This is why the 2 conference thing that they are putting up the flagpole will be a complete disaster unless they do the hard yards and restructure the lower grades and make all clubs have reserves and a U20 something competitions again and spend big time in junior development and this time no loafers getting a free ride.
Once you have a very solid base of quality players always coming through, then and only then can you realistically start to expand and morph into a conference type of league.
I mean think about it? Imagine a conference system right now. Melbourne would be the only decent team in the interstate side one. Who thinks that that would work? It would instantly be regarded as the worst idea ever and a total joke and the media networks would be demanding changes and or a massive reduction in the rights fee due to the massive ratings nosedive that would happen.
Seems it has opened the gap, RL is an u forgiving game and even a small % difference is exposed cruelly in our sport. You can argue that using the wrestle to even the playing field wasn’t a positive way to do it but the stats this year so far clearly show a lot more blow outs and a lot less close games. It could be due to the other factors others have mentioned of course but I have little doubt the speed I g up of the game has widened the gap. It will probably close over time, hopefully, but at the moment the majority of games are not very interesting to watch until the end.
It is ironic though that my club who have copped the blame for bringing in the wrestle and only being successful because of it have so far won a gf under the new rules and looking good again this year lol