Scrutiny of new NRL rules intensifies after landslide weekend

Scrutiny of new NRL rules intensifies after landslide weekend

The Guardian

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  • Average of 26.1 points separates teams at full-time
  • Not ‘great for the game’, says Warriors coach Nathan Brown

The NRL’s new rules are back under the spotlight after the most lopsided round in almost 17 years. A combined total of 209 points decided the eight games of round four, with an average of 26.1 points between teams at full-time.

Parramatta’s 14-point win over the Wests Tigers on Monday capped off the biggest margin in a round since round 16 in 2004 when 29.6 was the average difference between sides. Before Monday’s game the mark was previously at 205 points for the weekend since the NRL went to 16 teams, set in round 21 of 2013.

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