I reckon of everything I’ve heard the last 2 years, Tim Sheens may have had the best suggestion yet to be tried out - give the conceding side the ball after a try.
The 6-again was introduced to reduce stoppages and add fatigue, also reduce the fuss over ruck interpretations for the preference of keeping the game flowing. “Opening up” matches means points, and currently that seems to mean that one side piles on points whilst the other dies, rather than an even-share of attack.
V’Landys said himself that the rule may indeed be showing the gulf between good and bad sides, but he wasn’t about to remove the rule simply because some teams weren’t good enough to still compete. He wants the ordinary teams to learn to be as good as the good ones, rather than reinstating or maintaining rules that keep bad sides competitive.
And on that one he may be correct - if we repealed the 6-agains and suddenly the contests got tighter, that might make for improved viewing, but would it be hollow at all to know the bad sides got more competitive because they took a rule away? It may be that the teams will adjust in another season or two, like they always seem to do when some system or rule becomes periodically dominant.
I would argue if many teams, not just the dud ones, are battling to stem the tide of possession under current rules, but the rules were introduced with a specific intent, then if we consider Sheens’ proposal, to let conceding sides take possession, then we remove the instant ability for a dominant side to roll down field set after set after set? You give the conceding side at least one set to play themselves back into the match in standard kick-off conditions, rather than giving the dominant team the ball back every time.
Agreed 100%. Mentioned the same thing in a previous post and also sent the NRL a email on the same subject. I actually remember Warren Ryan advocating for the rule change back when he coached Balmain.
I guess my only concern is we would be making a rule change to try fix a previous rule change that is not working