Legends tick off on NRL’s new rule changes
Rugby league legends Andrew Johns and Paul Vautin have commended the NRL's new rule changes, declaring the game appears more entertaining and free-flowing.
The rules were on full display on the Thursday as the NRL made a successful return to the field amid the COVID-19 pandemic with the Parramatta Eels defeating the Brisbane Broncos 34-6.
Teams were given short notice to adjust with the NRL only confirming the rule changes earlier this month when they announced season 2020 would proceed with just one on-field referee per game as well as the 'six again' rule for ruck infringements.
Following Thursday's match, rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns admitted he was left impressed with the brand of footy appearing "much quicker."
"It was ad-lib footy at its best," Johns said.
"I thought it was fast, I love the new rule with the six to go. It was much quicker in the ruck and it was so entertaining. I absolutely loved it."
The Eels scored two tries off the new six-again ruling, the first coming from sensational back-to-back calls in the opening thee minutes.
Similar to Johns, Vautin said even though he noticed errors with players not always appearing onside, the game was a success overall due to the free-flowing style of footy.
"I loved the one referee, I thought it did really well," he said.
"Towards the end of the game, the 10 metres wasn't spot. A lot of times it was seven or eight, but I don't care about that, because it was the same for both sides and the game kept flowing."