Saturday, 16 January 2016

All change?

More experimental law variations are afoot, this time in South African university rugby.

The various law changes will include bonus points being awarded for tries depending on where the try-scoring movement began. Tries will still be worth five points but the scoring team will receive 2 bonus points if the movement begins between the half-way line and the opponent's 22, and will receive 4 bonus points if the try originates from inside their own half.

All very well and designed to promote attacking rugby but in games where there is no TMO there will inevitably be issues of matches being decided by the referee's judgement, not to mention the mathematical nightmare of trying to keep score…

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