Mailbox: Same old play the balls

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Dear James

So it’s the start of a new season with some new rules or interpretation of them.

I have just watched Wigan and Warrington. Do the players and ref know they have to play the ball properly……

It’s the same old same same old just roll it back anything goes. Until the ref starts imposing it they will continue ignoring it.

I really was hoping after the RFL statement we would see some improvement.

Regards

Graham Collins

Editor’s comment: Without implementing the dual-ref system seen in the NRL, it’s difficult to imagine the play the ball ever being policed properly. I know some people have the opinion that it doesn’t matter a great deal, but forcing the use of the foot at least lessens the advantage of a really quick play the ball, which ultimately just turns games in to a scoot fest if a pack can get on the front foot. Fans want to see a bit of variety and some creative play.

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7 Comments

  1. Its not just that that’s killing the game for me, what really irritates is when tackled player continues to move forward when playing the ball. This and all the wrestling and holding down and not to mention moaning at the ref to try and get players carded. All getting too much like soccer for my liking. Never thought I would say it but am watching more union these days.

  2. Its not just that that’s killing the game for me, what really irritates is when tackled player continues to move forward when playing the ball. This and all the wrestling and holding down and not to mention moaning at the ref to try and get players carded. All getting too much like soccer for my liking. Never thought I would say it but am watching more union these days.

  3. I agree, especially in both games when the referee penalised one player then simply ignored the farcical attempts afterwards the coaches and players could/would feel aggrieved. I fully appreciate that it would make for a stop/start game but don’t pay lip service by singling out one player.

  4. I have moaned about the play the ball with the foot for a few years now and watching the NRL and seen the improvement there was excited when Super League wanted the same I have said it would clear the ruck area up having to get up and play the ball with the foot it needs a second referee I know Robert Elstone wants this too but I don’t think we have enough until then a letter sent out to the clubs is not enough it needs the players coaches on board as well as the referee for this to work

  5. Just watched the 2002 Huddersfield v Leigh game. Winner to go into Super League. They actually played the ball with the foot, no attempting to or rolling it through the legs and stepping over it. It was a joy to watch, and was just as quick a game (if not quicker). It is simple enough to place the ball on the ground (no rolling) and play it back, it`s easier in today`s game because the marker can`t strike for it like he used to be able to.

  6. The guy in charge of match officials, Steve Ganson was, let’s be honest, a mediocre referee himself. His career was littered with inexplicably bad decisions and his reputation amongst fans of all clubs was very poor. It’s no surprise to me that the so-called “play the ball clampdown” has not materialised. I, personally, would bring in advisers from the NRL to implement improvements.

  7. Dear editor
    Your comments as to why refs cannot police the play the ball properly are nothing to do with having one ref or two. Just penalise until players learn to do it properly. As regards speed of play the ball… doesn’t seem to be an issue in the NRL !!!

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