Furious NRL boss orders refs to crack down on wrestling as stat shows sin bins have SKYROCKETED 

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Furious NRL boss Peter V’landys orders refs to crack down on wrestling and warns coaches and players they ‘won’t get away with it’ – as shock stat shows sin bins have SKYROCKETED 

  • Peter V’landys has put players and coaches ‘on notice’ over wrestling
  • He has warned teams that deliberately slowing down the ruck won’t be tolerated
  • NRL boss wants referees to be ruthless and issue more ‘six again’ calls
  • 22 players have been sin-binned in the current season, up from seven a year ago

NRL boss Peter V’landys has warned players and coaches to expect severe ramifications if they continued to slow down the ruck.

V’landys has instructed referees to come down hard on players who continue to wrestle by punishing offending teams with ‘six again’ calls.

The ARL Commission chairman said he was putting coaches and players ‘on notice’ and insisted they would ‘not get away with it’ if infringements remained persistent.

NRL boss Peter V'landys has warned players and coaches they won't get away with slowing down the ruck and wrestling opponents

NRL boss Peter V’landys has warned players and coaches they won’t get away with slowing down the ruck and wrestling opponents 

‘We are putting the coaches and players on notice – don’t think that because you’ve got away with it over the last couple of rounds that you will get away with it for the rest of the year,’ V’landys told NewsCorp.

‘They’re on notice – we will give “six agains” when players are wrestling and trying to slow down the ruck. If they continually breach and slow down the ruck – and spoil the game for the fans – then players will be sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

‘We’re not going to tolerate the wrestle or slowing down the ruck. I’ve been monitoring this for the last couple of weeks and the wrestle is starting to creep back in and the ruck is slowly down.’ 

Sin-bins have sky-rocketed in the NRL this season, with 22 a combined 22 players sent to the bin in the first four rounds

Sin-bins have sky-rocketed in the NRL this season, with 22 a combined 22 players sent to the bin in the first four rounds

That compares with seven at the same stage of the season a year ago and six in 2020

That compares with seven at the same stage of the season a year ago and six in 2020

Referees have sin-binned a combined 22 players in the first four rounds of the NRL season, over three times the amount from a year ago.

In 2021, seven players had been yellow carded in the first four games of the season, up from six a year earlier.  

From this season, referees no longer give the attacking team another set of six after ruck infringements inside the 40-metre zone, and instead have to penalise the defensive teams. 

The NRL said the change was motivated by a desire to make the game faster and prevent teams from deliberately slowing the ruck early in the set. 

But V’landys has told referees to be ruthless and enforce the 'six again' rule often

But V’landys has told referees to be ruthless and enforce the ‘six again’ rule often 

‘All we want to do is make sure we enforce the policy, which is, we’re not going to tolerate the wrestle or slowing down the ruck. Fatigue brings out the brilliant players,’ V’landys added.

‘Penalties have shot through the roof. It was the right decision for the penalties inside a team’s 40 but they still have to enforce the rest of the field. If they do that the balance will come back. It’s all about enforcement.

‘They [referees] have hardly given any ‘six agains’ when the teams are attacking and the players are laying all over them, wrestling and slowing down the ruck.’

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