The fans of Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be the first to see three new experimental laws for the traditional Heatshot Festive Challenge at Headingley Carnegie on Boxing Day morning, kick off 11.30am.
The RFL Laws Committee have put forward a series of recommended changes to be considered for the future and each will be trialled in different competitions throughout the 2013 season.
Fans on Boxing Day will be able to make their own decision on the suitability of each.
Firstly, at the scrum the defending team have to pack all six players but the attacking teams' loose forward can stand out, thereby creating an extra man - it is hoped this will encourage more attacking options at the scrum.
Secondly, At a charge down the tackle count will not start again.
Lastly, If a side kicks the ball dead from their own half the opposition will start with a 40 metre tap.
Gary Hetherington, the Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive who is also the Super League club's representative on the RFL Law Committee is looking forward to seeing the changes in action, "I am especially looking forward to the scrum. It seems to be a lost art of scoring from the scrum but this experiment will test the creativity of coaches and players and it will be interesting to see the results."
If they do introduce the moronic 1st idea of the Loose Forward standing back from the scrum, if the opposition 2nd Row tackle him will it be classified as a 'sack' [ http://en.wikipedia....uarterback_sack ].
At least the "if you catch the ball behind the dead ball line without it going dead then its the opposition's ball" made sense, as the ball isn't dead.
Rugby fan whinging about the RFL and RL in general, generally make me angry but sometimes I dispair at the 'Law makers'.
Edited by HappyDave, 24 December 2012 - 02:03 PM.