The wrestling has killed the NRL sadly.
I watched the GF closely and you could see in almost every tackle guys use wrestling moves to ‘pin’ players on their backs for 3 seconds / release. Exactly as taught in wrestling.
Slow the game down…
Kick for the corners…
Minmise mistakes…(i.e. don’t take risks)
All that makes for a solid game plan…but it kills the spectacle.
I have said for ages that Melb Storm are the worst thing to happen to Rugby League. An all time great team, yet barely get anyone other than their core 15000 to games / low TV ratings / absolutely boring footy.
The code has no grown at all down there, one single local in their team after 20 years.
And now everyone is copying them. We have a comp of wrestling, kicking for corners and not taking risks.
The Super League is still footy in its purest form.