I quite like it and reckon we'd have a lot more fun if - as noted above - teams practised some decent plays. Even an organised kick and chase could be entertaining if done well, and Offiah would have scored plenty tried that way.
Digressing a little but I'd also have a few related rules amended:
Team with the ball gets to finish their set once the hooter goes (knock on is end of game, but it can't end on a penalty award as currently).
And I don't like the 6 again charge down rule - poor kick and great pressure = more ball for the attacking team invariably, or the chaser trying to hit the kicker rather than go for the ball.
And when someone is held up over the line I'd give them an extra tackle back as a reward - currently if you nearly score, you get marched back several metres and the play comes to a halt, whereas at least my way you'd get something out of it.
I am prepared to be in a small minority on all of these of course.
I like those Mushy. Include me into your small minority.
Bearman is spot on. I turned over briefly last night to how the Union was going. Not surprisingly, they were having a scrum. Near the England line. England seemed to be winning the push, but a Welsh forward leaned into the middle of the scrum, picked the ball up, passed it to the winger and he scored a try. The commentator said 'if that isn't handling in the scrum, I don't know what is.' The co commentator said 'It doesn't matter. The referee has awarded the try, so it's alright'. It was never mentioned again as far as I could see.
1. We have a cracking squad with plenty of exciting players.
2. We have an owner who demands success.
3. There is a definite feeling of positivity after the club nearly went out of business a couple of years ago.
4. We have had so many false dawns over the last 30 odd years that we cannot surely have another one (can we?)
5. Fans of other clubs hate us for splashing the cash. Will create great atmospheres wherever we go.
Record crowd...honestly your only fooling yourself.
With all due respect, I'm Irish, I live in Ireland, I was here when the RLWC was taking place, and you would have had no idea it was happening. An equally low profile sport, the cricket world cup, did manage to get some publicity (granted not much), because we had IRISH players playing and their performance was followed. A team of foreigners got precisely zero coverage.
I should add, I enjoyed watching Australia, England and NZ....Thurston, Burgess and Johnson were new names to me and they excited me to no end. The blokes that wore green I couldn't have cared less about.
So we should just give up on international Rugby League? Is that what you are saying? Or should we build on a fantastic World Cup followed by a wonderful 4 Nations? Just because you couldn't care less about your own nations national team is not a reason to give up in my book.
Well, as a Salford fan, but living in sunny Gran Canaria, I know that if I was still living in the Manchester area, I would be attending all three games and supporting the British teams. Beating the Aussies. There is nothing better than that feeling.
Well I managed the first 7 minutes. There were 4 line outs, each taking over 30 seconds. Let's call that 2 minutes. There was one scrum. That took 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Yes, I timed them out of curiosity. So 5 out of the first 7 minutes was taken up by line outs and scrums. That doesn't include rucks and mauls, and thankfully, there were no attempts at kicking goals. After the scrum was won, the scrum half kicked it straight back in to touch. And this is supposed to be a game that Sam Burgess is struggling to cope with. Give me strength.