7 Tackle Optional Restart

Discussion in 'The Cesspit: Rugby League Discussion' started by Maroon_Faithful, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Maroon_Faithful M Faithful

    By far the worst innovation in recent memory. In itself it is a terrible idea because the punishment is fantastically disproportionate to the "mistake". It was introduced for a weak reason because the prevalance of the problem it ostensibly was designed to prevent was relatively non-existent in the first place. And it's so broad as to punish things completely unrelated to the original motive. Not to mention that it turns golden point into a field-goal-a-thon.

    But the by products are becoming more and more annoying now. Who in their right mind actually thinks the dramatic rise in mid-field bombs is a good thing? It is so prominent and so fucking boring. And this has come about because playmakers are afraid, and rightly so given the extreme punishment, of kicking it dead.

    Tactical mid-field kicking has been eroded. How often do you see last tackle kicks for just this side of the corner post or attempts to pull it up in the in-goal and trap the fullback from 50m out, as compared to 5 years ago? There are essentially only 4 kicks in the modern game now. The grubber, cross-field bomb, mid-field bomb and the punt.

    Terrible, terrible rule imo.
  2. Cribbage RG Cribb

    I didn't hate it at first. I even defended it on here after a season or so, because I liked the fact that there was a big deterrent to just chucking up a bomb into the in-goal after five plays of failure on the attack.

    I still like that, but it ends up way too harsh on slightly-too-long grubbers/punts and, most annoyingly, missed field goal attempts. At the very least they should get rid of the zero tackle after a missed field goal; that situation has nothing to do with why the rule is there.
  3. Maroon_Faithful M Faithful

    There already was a deterrent to that though. I don't think that situation had anything to do with why the rule was brought in either. Seems to me it was all about stopping the deliberately punt going dead to take fullbacks out of that play.
  4. Paddy P Orr

    I hate the rule overall but especially when it comes into play after a contest for the ball in goal. You get a 7 tackle set when the ball didn't even go dead.
  5. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    I like it for missed field goals. Puts more pressure on nailing it, because if you miss opposition will be in range next set. Should make more teams go for the try. Fuck it, make it a 9 tackle set from a missed field goal.
  6. Maroon_Faithful M Faithful

    It absolutely does not do that. It often does the opposite.
  7. Cribbage RG Cribb

    I actually like it in this situation. Hate bomb lotteries.

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