NRL issues sin-bin threat over wrestle farce
You're all on notice.
The NRL has issued a powerful warning to coaches attempting to flout rugby league's new rules - break the laws and your team will be punished.
NRL head of football Graham Annesley sent a directive to all clubs on Tuesday night warning that players would be immediately sin-binned by referees for professional fouls, slowing down the ruck or jumping offside in defence.
Annesley stressed there had been a "deterioration in discipline and technique" across the games.
And coaches were told referees had been issued the "with the power to protect the intent and integrity" of the new rules.
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While the NRL's rule changes have been accepted and applauded, NRL coaches have slowly yet surely started to implement discreet methods to slow down matches.
Annesley has watched the developments closely and felt compelled to issue a statement to clubs urging coaches against ruining the game's newly found openness essentially through the six again rule.
The edict, obtained from a club by The Daily Telegraph, said the new rules - introduced when rugby league returned in Round 3 - had "a positive effect on the presentation of our game and how it has been publicly perceived."
Annesley then reminded coaches of the subtle illegalities creeping into rugby league.
"We need to ensure these benefits are not diminished over time by tactics intended to slow the game down or gain an unfair advantage," he wrote.
"As everyone becomes more comfortable with the new rules and their impact, it is clear we are starting to see some deterioration in discipline and technique as teams attempt to slow the ruck early in the tackle count, and by pushing the limits on what in some cases may be viewed as bordering on professional fouls at crucial times in the game.
Originally published as NRL issues sin-bin threat over wrestle farce