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    Default Should the game clock be reset?

    I've seen a couple of tries ruled out today for earlier infringements called by the TMO or requested by the TO3.
    Surely there is a case for resetting the game clock from when the offence actually occurred.
    In tight games this could be the difference between winning and losing.
    Works well in NFL, should be easy to do.
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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    Perhaps we should reduce the match time to .. what 30 mins ?
    And rigorously take time off for this and resets and all sorts of other things

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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    Hockey does stop clock more and reduce playing time on TV - and plays in quarters for extra advert breaks.

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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    The cynic in me saw the introduction of water breaks as a precursor to an ad break at 20 mins 😅

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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    Perhaps we should reduce the match time to .. what 30 mins ?
    And rigorously take time off for this and resets and all sorts of other things
    Thats what happens in other sports. For example in Aussie Rules a quarter in 20 mins playing time. Every time the ball stops moving the clock stops, so quarters actually go 30 mins

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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    Quote Originally Posted by ctrainor View Post
    I've seen a couple of tries ruled out today for earlier infringements called by the TMO or requested by the TO3.
    Surely there is a case for resetting the game clock from when the offence actually occurred.
    In tight games this could be the difference between winning and losing.
    Works well in NFL, should be easy to do.
    ...where a 60 minute game is divided into four 15 minute quarters and ends up being about 3 - 3½ hours long!

    Rugby games are already typically going to almost two hours now, and you want to make them longer?
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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    If we were to trial stopping the clock I would not keep the time at 80 minutes - possibly 70.
    Run a trial at in the Premiership Cup next season (so you do have fully pro scrums).
    Stop the clock whenever the referee stops the game, restart when the ball is live - so for line outs and scrums when the ref is happy it is set.

    Then compare those matches to the premiership and see if the ball is in play more.

    We could be wrong, it could be just as bad.

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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    There have been some studies that suggested ball in play time was just over 40 mins (for a whole game) so stopping the clock every time would make the game much longer. however I do wonder about stopping the clock for scrum resets.

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    Default Re: Should the game clock be reset?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinky View Post
    There have been some studies that suggested ball in play time was just over 40 mins (for a whole game) so stopping the clock every time would make the game much longer. however I do wonder about stopping the clock for scrum resets.
    If we stopped the clock all the time we would also reduce the game time to compensate. If the game time was 30 mins each half bit stopping rigorously for resets, referee chats, and kicks at goal (say) .. then total expired time may be about the same

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