We see some horrible things happen in Rugby League. Commonly, due to the quick nature of the game and at times, lack of vision by the officials, players are able to commit the crime without the appropriate consequence.
For those who do get caught, most of the time, a simple penalty is given. So what would justify an individual being penaltised twice? What could be so terrible, that an individual’s carelessness needs to be addressed more than once.
I have brought up this rule for many years and the chance to finally vent my frustration, is somewhat satisfying. The rule I would like to talk about is actually the most simple task there is in the game - the kick off.
This action occurs at the start and end of the game as well as after every try is scored, and for those languishing at the bottom of the ladder, a task they would like to avoid being accustomed towards.
Lets look at a scenario, where a player happens to kick the ball out on the full from the kick off. The current rule states that a penalty is given to the opposing team from the halfway line. This is where I have an issue. Surely they are already given an advance of piggy-backing down the field and starting their set from the half-way line. However, hold on, the player kicked out on the full, this is seen as the lowest act a player can commit. They definitely need to be penalised again so that the opposing team gets the chance to boot the ball every further towards the try line.
Rule Change: If a player kicks the ball out on the full from the kick off, the opposing team will play the ball and begin their set from the half-way line
Why should a player be penalised twice for making a mistake. Essentially, starting from the half-line is like receiving a 50 metre penalty, and to throw in another opportunity to march down field is absurd.
I have previously vented at others about this rule and I would receive the same response, “it’s simple, don’t kick out on the full”. Well, what about when this occurs during play and not from the kick off, a turnover occurs and no other penalty is given.
I would really like to see the tiny indiscretions of the game, seen as a minor offence in comparison to the situation in the link below.
While this warranted a 7-week suspension, on the field, one penalty was given!