What were the talking points from Canberra’s clash with St George?
Sending it Upstairs:
We can talk about the video referee until the Cowboys come home, but what's the point? Despite all the blunders, gaffes, stuff-ups—and occasional correct decisions—we’re all still doing just that: talking about it.
Blake Austin’s disallowed try for a supposed double-movement was a joke. This illegality of such a play comes when a player’s momentum has stopped and he makes a ‘second-effort’ to promote the ball over the line.
Austin’s progress was never stopped until after he was over the line with the ball planted. Peter Sterling commented that if he had to proceed onto a subsequent play he would have scored as he played the ball; that itself logically constitutes a try.
[quote]Canberra needs to be better at dealing with such adversity, but the video referees need to be better at not creating it. [/quote]
To exacerbate the situation, that call probably cost Canberra the game. At that point the Raiders were up by eighteen and had St George on the rack. Going up by twenty-four could have led to a Green Machine whitewash.
But instead the Dragons got a boost from the reprieve, while the Raiders lost some of their spark. Soon after St George scored and was back in the contest. Canberra needs to be better at dealing with such adversity, but the video referees need to be better at not creating it.
This one goes outside the realm of the Raiders’ match against St George, but it has big ramifications for the whole sport. The NRL has this week indicated that a reduction in the number of interchanges per game is on the cards.
The proposed amendment would see the number of changes a side can make during a game go from ten to six. The change is to promote better safety for players.
On the surface the change seems counter-productive. Decreasing the number of times sides can make changes would seem to almost promote injuries. Fewer chances to get players off the field could lead to them staying out there longer than they reasonably should.
But the change is intended to bring back the fatigue factor to Rugby League, with fewer fresh forwards to run out and smash the little guys. If the bigger players have to do more work then, at the back-end of halves, the playmakers should be able to exploit the lumbering defence of the opposition.
The idea certainly has plenty of merit. The NRL just needs to be sure the idea doesn’t do the opposite of its intention. But anything that gives a little more power to the halfbacks and five-eighths of the world should go a long way to making the game even more exciting.