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The refs dictate the outcome. Invariably the winner of the penalties wins the game.
Limit their impact and you will improve the game ten fold.
Hmmm... But then we'd end up with 2 or 3 in the tackle and 3 more trying to rip the ball out. That's why they changed the rule in the first place.
I guess Aveel looking into the rules of tackling for a start; how many tackles do we see where players have arms pinged; held up to deliberately slow the play down; the rule i thought was about attempting tackles and the player being held when their progress has stopped.
THE TACKLE AND PLAY-THE-BALL
Tackle player 1. A player in possession may be tackled by an in possession opposing player or players. It is illegal to tackle or obstruct a player who is not in possession.
When tackled: 2. A player in possession is tackled:
Grounded (a) when he is held by one or more opposing players
and the ball or the hand or arm holding the ball
comes into contact with the ground.
Upright (b) when he is held by one or more opposing players
in such a manner that he can make no further
progress and cannot part with the ball.
Succumbing (c) when, being held by an opponent, the tackled
player makes it evident that he has succumbed to
the tackle and wishes to be released in order to
Hand on player (d) when he is lying on the ground and an opponent
already grounded places a hand on him
Enforce the rules as they are written instead of the referees trying to manage the game all of the time
demote referees for consistent poor calls based on independant asseessment --3 strikes and you are out of reffing 1 st grade for the rest of the year