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    Default Re: NRC Law Amendments.

    1. Instead of 4 try bonus point, winning team is awarded a bonus point for finishing 3 or more tries ahead of their opponents

    Yup, works well in France, why not. Gives a team incentive to keep scoring tries and at the business end of a season bonus points often come into play in league positions.

    2. Reduced time limits for conversions and penalty kick attempts

    haven't we recently set clear limits, is that not working well?


    3. After a successful or unsuccessful penalty goal attempt, play is restarted with a scrum to the non-kicking team at the place of the penalty

    If we agree that scrums are a mess in the elite game, why bring in more scrums? I'd be happy with the defending team having a free kick, which would be a more suitable transfer of possession for a failed kick.


    4. Time limit for both teams to form a scrum

    How much? In principle not against it


    5. No option to kick for goal from a scrum penalty (kick to touch allowed). If penalty becomes a ‘repeated infringement’ then kick at goal is allowed.

    Too complicated and don't see the reasoning, a no from me.


    6. Scrum-half of non-feeding team is compulsory, must stay within 1m of the scrum, and cannot move past the mid-line of the scrum

    Again, more needless complications. I'm happy with the status quo of the ball being the opposing scrum half's offside line


    7. If a yellow card is given for repeated team infringement (excluding dangerous play), the non-offending captain chooses the opposition player who is temporarily suspended for 10 mins

    No, no and no. Keep as is.


    8. Players arriving through the gate may ‘drive out’ opponents past the ruck, creating more space behind the ruck for attack

    I have to say I'd like to get a check on what is intended with this sentence. Does it mean opponents not physically in the ruck, but in a pillar position for example, are now fair game?



    9. If non-throwing team does not contest for the ball, the straightness of the throw is not considered

    Don't like it, keep as is. The choice not to contest the ball in the air is only taken when the opposition choose to contest the immediate drive. Either way, a lineout should remain a fair contest for the ball.


    10. A ‘mark’ can be awarded any place on the field

    No, keep as is. Last gap defensive option, let's keep open play as open as possible please, fewer set pieces!


    11. After half-time and full-time, if awarded a Penalty Kick, you can kick to touch and play the lineout

    To squeeze in a few extra viewing moments? Without wishing to sound like a NIMBY, no I don't see the point in this


    12. Free Kick for kick-off infringements as per Sevens

    Yup sounds good to me

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    Default Re: NRC Law Amendments.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishref View Post
    3. After a successful or unsuccessful penalty goal attempt, play is restarted with a scrum to the non-kicking team at the place of the penalty

    If we agree that scrums are a mess in the elite game, why bring in more scrums? I'd be happy with the defending team having a free kick, which would be a more suitable transfer of possession for a failed kick.
    The problem to be solved is that teams are prepared to risk giving away three points from a PK if it will save 5 or 7 from a try. After a PK they get the kick and thus relieve the attacking pressure.

    This change puts them back under pressure immediately. The experiment should test if it actually reduces the number of goal-line PKs.
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    Default Re: NRC Law Amendments.

    My issue with the PK variation as worded is:
    It implies that any unsuccessful PK is a scrum back - even if it lands in the field of play. When "play on" has to be a better choice.
    Also Put In is to team who didn't kick. Think it should be the kicking team (give up potential points AND not gain possession) - especially if you are reducing the points for a PK, and increasing a converted try.

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    Default Re: NRC Law Amendments.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlipFlop View Post
    My issue with the PK variation as worded is:
    It implies that any unsuccessful PK is a scrum back - even if it lands in the field of play. When "play on" has to be a better choice.
    Agreed.
    Also Put In is to team who didn't kick. Think it should be the kicking team (give up potential points AND not gain possession) - especially if you are reducing the points for a PK, and increasing a converted try.
    I missed that - my original proposal was indeed that the feed should go to the non-offending team.
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