Rule Change for last 5 mins of matches

Discussion in 'Rugby World Cup 2015' started by westy246, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Old Hooker

    Old Hooker First XV

    Sep 18, 2015
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    It is negative, but it's also a skill and goes wrong surprisingly often. Most of us would have been leaping for joy if the Scots had managed it last Sunday.

    No different to a slow over rate, a wendyballer heading for the corner flag or Chris Froome spending a week or so in the safety of the peloton. Just another facet of play.
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  3. westy246

    westy246 Academy Player

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    .... I think you are missing the point. Of course there are issues in all sports where when the ball is "in play", a team may want to play negatively to run out the clock. We can't change that. However, we can stop helping them! In American football, they have different rules for the last two minutes where if the ball goes out of play, the clock stops. By introducing these changes in the last 5 minutes, fans would know that there is 5 minutes of play left where their team might score a try and a drop goal to get 10 points back. It is highly unlikely that there would be enough time to do that currently when the leading team goes into "slow mode".

    This could be implemented easily at Premiership and international level with the Video Ref taking over the clock in the last 5 minutes - and provide a better spectacle for the fans - which is what it should be about.
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