Mailbox: Reward defence for holding players up over the line

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Dear James,

Just read the mailbox about rewarding good defence. What about try saving tackles over the line and ball not grounded.

I never really liked this introduction. In my opinion when you are tackled over the line you have had your chance and well done to the defence.

But the powers at be reckon we want to see more tries but this option benefits the barge over approach and if I fail well I can have another go.

Graham Collins

Editor’s column: An interesting idea, but I would say there’s a reason the rule is in place. You could get to a situation where teams are almost afraid to go over the line on the first couple of tackles, especially from short range, in case they lose possession. You may also end up with a comedy scenario where you have attacking players going behind the defenders to push the tackle back over the line.

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