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Have we ever had a season where fake injuries, cramps, neck rubbing society etc etc etc are so common?  No team seems impervious to the fakers.  No fakers seem bothered who knows their faking either.

Time wasters, ball in the crowd, talking to the Referee for what seems forever, Coaches half time berating of Refs and the never ending ball ripping/arm around the ball/trapping arm issue.

This is just a small list.  I can’t remember a year when these indescretions were so widespread.  What, or who, is causing this glut?  Who are the champion fakers?

 

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4 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Have we ever had a season where fake injuries, cramps, neck rubbing society etc etc etc are so common?  No team seems impervious to the fakers.  No fakers seem bothered who knows their faking either.

Time wasters, ball in the crowd, talking to the Referee for what seems forever, Coaches half time berating of Refs and the never ending ball ripping/arm around the ball/trapping arm issue.

This is just a small list.  I can’t remember a year when these indescretions were so widespread.  What, or who, is causing this glut?  Who are the champion fakers?

 

The rules and the sanitizing of the game are allowing all these indiscretions to take place, the faults and fakers as you describe are so prominent it does not get beyond thoughts that it is being coached into the game.

It does nothing for the spectators only to detract from the entertainment on offer, the whole idea is to send people home from games or viewing on TV wanting more, these actions we are witnessing are lessening the entertainment value, they should give it up before to many people give the game up because of it. 

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I see the difference over here in France, when we play the Catalans juniors you see the players diving forward at the play the ball, pulling on arms, hitting the floor if the lead runner goes near them, complaining to ref about holding down etc, so it must be filtering down from the pro team/staff, we don't see this with the other teams. but they are head and shoulders above the other teams when it comes to attack speed and tackle technique, 

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3 minutes ago, barnyia said:

I see the difference over here in France, when we play the Catalans juniors you see the players diving forward at the play the ball, pulling on arms, hitting the floor if the lead runner goes near them, complaining to ref about holding down etc, so it must be filtering down from the pro team/staff, we don't see this with the other teams. but they are head and shoulders above the other teams when it comes to attack speed and tackle technique, 

As I suggested, I believe it is being coached into the players, using Catalan as an example Mr MacNamara would not want to promote any of his juniors into a situation where they could "not win" free kicks, or have the guile to waste a little time/ feign injury so his team mates can take a rest or relieve pressure at the appropiate time!

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22 minutes ago, 9' oller said:

All super league currently. Filtering down to championship 

League 1 as well, and I include York in that. Only team I've not seen fake injuries etc is West Wales Raiders.

Something needs to be done and soon. Either the 'injured' player should go off the pitch for a certain period (maybe 5mins) or the attacking team are given an extra couple of tackles. 

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47 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

The rules and the sanitizing of the game are allowing all these indiscretions to take place, the faults and fakers as you describe are so prominent it does not get beyond thoughts that it is being coached into the game.

It does nothing for the spectators only to detract from the entertainment on offer, the whole idea is to send people home from games or viewing on TV wanting more, these actions we are witnessing are lessening the entertainment value, they should give it up before to many people give the game up because of it. 

Coaches won’t stop it Harry, as long as it brings results.

i agree wholeheartedly with the 2nd para by the way.

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44 minutes ago, barnyia said:

I see the difference over here in France, when we play the Catalans juniors you see the players diving forward at the play the ball, pulling on arms, hitting the floor if the lead runner goes near them, complaining to ref about holding down etc, so it must be filtering down from the pro team/staff, we don't see this with the other teams. but they are head and shoulders above the other teams when it comes to attack speed and tackle technique, 

Cr+p watching and frustrating as a coach.  We should be better than this.

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57 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

The rules and the sanitizing of the game are allowing all these indiscretions to take place, the faults and fakers as you describe are so prominent it does not get beyond thoughts that it is being coached into the game.

It does nothing for the spectators only to detract from the entertainment on offer, the whole idea is to send people home from games or viewing on TV wanting more, these actions we are witnessing are lessening the entertainment value, they should give it up before to many people give the game up because of it. 

I think the key point you make is the sanitising of the game, that for me above everything else is one of the main reasons that we are seeing a trend towards football style ‘fake’.

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6 minutes ago, Odsal Outlaw said:

I think the key point you make is the sanitising of the game, that for me above everything else is one of the main reasons that we are seeing a trend towards football style ‘fake’.

Might be a daft observation, but we aren’t seeing punches these days.  We are seeing cheap, penalty winning shenanigans.  Richardson’s neck rubbing antics earlier this year were a sight I never thought I’d see in RL.

 

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Coaches and players in stretching the rules and pushing things as far as they can shocker! I agree its not good but its always happened as long as I have followed the game and this is just another evolution of it.

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15 minutes ago, Damien said:

Coaches and players in stretching the rules and pushing things as far as they can shocker! I agree its not good but its always happened as long as I have followed the game and this is just another evolution of it.

Damien, I’m certainly not saying this hasn’t happened before.  Hookers kicking the other before striking, 2nd Rows reaching to win the ball in a scrum,  thumb in the collar etc etc were all used, but not to the level we are seeing now.  

Have you seen the level it’s at now, compared to ‘then’?

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56 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Might be a daft observation, but we aren’t seeing punches these days.  We are seeing cheap, penalty winning shenanigans.  Richardson’s neck rubbing antics earlier this year were a sight I never thought I’d see in RL.

 

That’s the problem - there is never a risk of getting slotted anymore for being an idiot as it gets you a yellow/red card.  Therefore the shenanigans goes unchecked and increases.

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Two things surprised me today at Widnes Leeds game,

 The ref matched Widnes back an addition 10 yards when their player was arguing about penalty given Ain't seen that for ages.

2nd was more of a disappointment, Myler wafting his arms at Ref regards the fact Widnes on a team warning giving another penalty away. Yep the ref having given the team warning didn't take action and sin bin but was disappointed in the soccer like wafting of arms (team warning signal) by Myler trying to get someone binned. Said more about Myler's desperation and something I don't want to see in team I support.

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It's probably endemic in the game as a whole. I was at an amateur game yesterday and there was a bit of it going on there. At least it's not like soccer where have a shattered skeleton by tripping over a blade of grass.

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I think, if they haven't done it already, the RFL need to give advice and a mandate to all referees, to cut down on the penalty awarding when players dive about, trap defenders arms trying to make it look like they're holding on, etc.

I think we can stop the neck rubbing overnight if we bring in a rule that any player looking to have sustained a neck injury has to leave the field for assessment.

The other play acting stuff will have to be left to the ref's discretion and I worry about how gullible some of them are.

Sadly, cheating now appears to be an epidemic.

 

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All a player needs to do is stay on the floor after a tackle and the ref almost always gives a penalty. Another thing that winds me up is whoever is at hooker passing the ball into an opposition player who is on the floor near the PTB. I thought it had been ruled out but I've still been seeing it. 

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Referees don’t seem as authoritative as they used to be.   Regarding fake injuries, I’m guessing referees have been told to take things carefully.   The RFL is probably very scared of any potential legal battles should a player suffer a loss of career due to play carrying on when it shouldn’t.

It’s always happened in the past - everyone remembers Shaun Edwards being the master at it, but it’s got to a point where it’s so commonplace that it’s ruining the flow of a game.   I don’t know what the answer is, as I can’t blame the RFL for being careful in this era of litigation.

With regards to all the diving, backchat etc we’ll that IS something the RFL can clamp down on.   Shame we can’t sort some assertiveness training for match officials.

 

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36 minutes ago, Old Frightful said:

I think, if they haven't done it already, the RFL need to give advice and a mandate to all referees, to cut down on the penalty awarding when players dive about, trap defenders arms trying to make it look like they're holding on, etc.

I think we can stop the neck rubbing overnight if we bring in a rule that any player looking to have sustained a neck injury has to leave the field for assessment.

The other play acting stuff will have to be left to the ref's discretion and I worry about how gullible some of them are.

Sadly, cheating now appears to be an epidemic.

 

Gladly it is not a pandemic,

I have watched all 4 of the games from Aus this weekend, and even though the game is faster, has far more big hits and played with a much greater intensity than the game over here there were if any none of the shenanigins highlighted in this thread, is it the players who are more respectful of the game or does the two refferee system by having the ruck area policed eliminate a lot of it?

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When I watched the play acting that goes on in Football I used to say " If that comes into Rugby League that's me done with the game ". I think that moment is coming unless something is done to cut it out.

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