Canterbury Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould has slammed the NRL’s enactment of seven-tackle sets.
The former origin coach believes the rule has caused more problems than it’s actually solved.
The ruling was brought in to stop teams intentionally kicking the ball dead in attempts to hinder players trying to create a counter-attack.
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“They have no place in our game,” Gould revealed on the Six Tackles With Gus Podcast.
“It’s created far more problems than it’s worth. The problems should’ve been perceived at the time, but weren’t.
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“It was a knee-jerk reaction to a tactic a team was using at the time against a certain fullback, but was never going to stand the test of time. There were other remedies for that which could’ve been taken.
“As they usually do, they apply a blanket coverage of the same rule to other aspects of the game, and it’s led to the fact that no one can score from 10 metres out from the line.
“Fullbacks are in the line, the markers don’t have to be square so they stand alongside, they’ve got 14/15 defenders plus the bunker to help them save tries.
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“That’s why people are struggling to score points from close to the line, simply because of this stupid seven-tackle rule.
“You have a shot at a field goal and it moves a little bit to the left and doesn’t go through the posts – you deserve to be penalised 20 metres and seven tackles? How ridiculous.
“That’s not what the rule was for. That’s not why the rule was brought in. Then why does the rule cover that? Seven tackle sets, zero sets, all these sorts of things – this again is coaches interfering with the rules for the benefit of their own team, and those in charge making the rules, not seeing it coming.”
The NRL have now adjusted the seven-tackle ruling since it was introduced. The amendment was set to refine the game’s spectacle, instead it has been met with criticism from many including Gould.
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