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.... and for a big bloke Sam Kasiano falls down very easily when apparently impeded somehow.

To be fair play acting seems to have gone up a notch across the board, particularly early season where cards were being branded for the slightest of touches.

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1 hour ago, JohnM said:

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Not true though is it - we’ll be waiting a long time for someone to say James Roby for example and there are loads of other examples across the league.

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"And the award for this year's (and the previous 10 or so) greatest performance goes to.........(opens gilt envelope)......... Sam Tomkins."

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None. These players are paid to win  matches. I don't blame any of them for doing that.

It puzzles me that staying down after taking a high shot is seen as outrageous yet other acts of cheating such as a deliberate ball steal are not. That's just as much 'milking', if not more so, than any act in the game.

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It’s a two way street . Players shouldn’t stay down but players will do it if it can gain an advantage . I blame protocols that allow off field scrutiny of incidents and I blame officials who react to injuries rather than tackles . If an onfield official sees nothing then play on , and if you’re injured or want to stay down move the play the ball and get treatment in back play 

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20 minutes ago, Chris22 said:

None. These players are paid to win  matches. I don't blame any of them for doing that.

It puzzles me that staying down after taking a high shot is seen as outrageous yet other acts of cheating such as a deliberate ball steal are not. That's just as much 'milking', if not more so, than any act in the game.

We're not talking about foul play here, we're talking about players conning the ref when no offence has taken place. "Simulation" is not acceptable in any form and there are plenty of players in SL that are known for it and are hated by opposition fans, exactly for that.

It's like diving in football, as soon as refs start booking players every time a player does it (and send them off if necessary) they'll soon stop doing it. Just takes some balls from the ref to call them out for it.

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11 minutes ago, SalfordSlim said:

We're not talking about foul play here, we're talking about players conning the ref when no offence has taken place. "Simulation" is not acceptable in any form and there are plenty of players in SL that are known for it and are hated by opposition fans, exactly for that.

It's like diving in football, as soon as refs start booking players every time a player does it (and send them off if necessary) they'll soon stop doing it. Just takes some balls from the ref to call them out for it.

But foul play usually has taken place. These incidents seem to arise when a player has taken head contact, the ref hasn't noticed and the player stays down to attract a the video ref's review.

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12 minutes ago, Chris22 said:

But foul play usually has taken place. These incidents seem to arise when a player has taken head contact, the ref hasn't noticed and the player stays down to attract a the video ref's review.

You say foul play, I say minimal contact. Some of the incidents you see wouldn't be enough to knock a frail old granny over yet the player makes out they're in severe pain. Footballers get rightly lambasted for being a big wuss (am I even allowed to say that anymore?😁) but some of the playacting in RL is getting just as bad IMO.

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Josh Charnley had a hugely frustrating habit of trying to trap in the tackler every time he got tacked. He used to get some penalties at first, but the vast majority of the time just made our play the ball slower.

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9 minutes ago, Alffi 7 said:

Josh Charnley had a hugely frustrating habit of trying to trap in the tackler every time he got tacked. He used to get some penalties at first, but the vast majority of the time just made our play the ball slower.

You can have him back............please.

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Players staying down after high contact is a frustrating issue facing the sport today.  But it is complex.

On the one hand, if a player does stay down after high contact, that the ref hasn't spotted but the video ref does, and 'wins' a penalty then an offence has occurred.  As we are determined as a sport to clamp down on head injuries you could argue this is all fair.

But for me it doesn't feel right. I don't think there is anything more frustrating to watch than a player who is clearly ok kneeling after a tackle, refusing to play the ball and waiting for the video ref to find some contact with his head.

I always thought that a Rugby player pretended to be unhurt when he was... not pretended to be hurt when he wasn't.  It is a tough, physical game.  Staying down injured when you are not injured and you could play the ball feels wrong but as I say an offence has occurred. 

This matter is compounded when players then take to twitter or other social platforms saying the game has gone soft when a ban is dished out.  Well, you can't have it both ways.  You can't stay down pretending to be injured and then say the game has gone soft.

There is only one group that can change this and that is the players and coaching staff.  How do they want the game to be played?  How do they want to be perceived by the people paying to watch them play?

Another reason why I respect Trent Robinson so much is that he was so angry at the suggestion his players stay down after a tackle.  He clearly doesn't like the tactic and this will permeate to his team. 

We need more people in the game to be angry at the practice.

"The history of the world is the history of the triumph of the heartless over the mindless." — Sir Humphrey Appleby.

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13 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

We need more people in the game to be angry at the practice.

I think our partisan nature comes in here too. If a player for the team an individual supports does it, then a blind eye will be turned.

Say it's the Grand Final. Two minutes to go. One side trails by two. They feel head high contact and are close to the posts.

What does that player do? Stay down and try and win the penalty and tie the match? Or get up and probably lose the match. The practice almost pits the sport against the team.

If the player got up, they may face internal criticism for not playing 'smart' as well as from their own fans. If they stay down, they face wider criticism.

I don't think there's an easy answer though. Because if we say the video ref can't intervene, something substantial will be missed.

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18 minutes ago, Chris22 said:

I think our partisan nature comes in here too. If a player for the team an individual supports does it, then a blind eye will be turned.

Say it's the Grand Final. Two minutes to go. One side trails by two. They feel head high contact and are close to the posts.

What does that player do? Stay down and try and win the penalty and tie the match? Or get up and probably lose the match. The practice almost pits the sport against the team.

If the player got up, they may face internal criticism for not playing 'smart' as well as from their own fans. If they stay down, they face wider criticism.

I don't think there's an easy answer though. Because if we say the video ref can't intervene, something substantial will be missed.

I would turn that situation around.

If, for the whole season, players hadn't stayed down in televised games to win penalties from incidents that the on field ref hadn't spotted then it wouldn't even occur to the player two minutes from time  in the Grand Final to stay down and it wouldn't even occur to his teammates and fans to be angry with him for not doing it.

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"The history of the world is the history of the triumph of the heartless over the mindless." — Sir Humphrey Appleby.

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1 minute ago, Dunbar said:

I would turn that situation around.

If, for the whole season, players hadn't stayed down in televised games to win penalties from incidents that the on field ref hadn't spotted then it wouldn't even occur to the player two minutes from time  in the Grand Final to stay down and it wouldn't even occur to his teammates and fans to be angry with him for not doing it.

Brilliant answer.

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16 hours ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

I remember being at Central Park once listening to someone explain that Andy Gregory was an all time great as not only could he play the game, but he would simultaneously referee it too!  Haha

A fair few of us had a chortle but I suppose in the modern game it’s par for the course now.

no it isn't, certainly not any more than it ever was. Players are under far more scrutiny now. 

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3 hours ago, Chris22 said:

I think our partisan nature comes in here too. If a player for the team an individual supports does it, then a blind eye will be turned.

Say it's the Grand Final. Two minutes to go. One side trails by two. They feel head high contact and are close to the posts.

What does that player do? Stay down and try and win the penalty and tie the match? Or get up and probably lose the match. The practice almost pits the sport against the team.

If the player got up, they may face internal criticism for not playing 'smart' as well as from their own fans. If they stay down, they face wider criticism.

I don't think there's an easy answer though. Because if we say the video ref can't intervene, something substantial will be missed.

it's wise for a player to stay down after a high shot

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2 minutes ago, Gordon Street said:

no it isn't, certainly not any more than it ever was. Players are under far more scrutiny now. 

You don't think players berate, complain and shout at the ref more today than they did in the past?

"The history of the world is the history of the triumph of the heartless over the mindless." — Sir Humphrey Appleby.

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3 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

You don't think players berate, complain and shout at the ref more today than they did in the past?

no. I think we hear it more, and see more of it in close up. I also think that there is far less thuggery, cheap violence and deliberate foul play. 

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