Shot- clock will kick in

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL


THE ARL Com­mis­sion will to­day rub­ber- stamp ma­jor rule re­forms with a bas­ket­ball- style shot- clock to be in­tro­duced to the NRL premier­ship for the first time.

The Townsville Bul­letin can re­veal NRL head of football Todd Green­berg will meet ARLC bosses to­day armed with the pro­posal.

The ARLC will for­mally rat­ify an in­ter­change re­duc­tion from 10 to eight for the 2016 sea­son, but Green­berg will also push for the code’s gover­nors to sign off on a shot- clock in a mul­ti­fac­eted plan to speed up NRL footy.

It would see NRL play­ers given a dead­line of around 30 to 45 sec­onds to com­plete scrums and goal- line dropouts.

Teams who fail to ad­here to the shot- clock will be pe­nalised – an un­prece­dented sce­nario that could cost of­fend­ing sides premier­ship points.

The NRL’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee ex­plored cut­ting in­ter­changes from 10 to six next sea­son and that for­mula had the back­ing of lead­ing league iden­ti­ties Bob ‘‘ Bozo’’ Ful­ton and Matthew ‘‘ Matty’’ Johns.

But the NRL has set­tled on eight in­ter­changes in con­junc­tion with a shot- clock pro­posal that Green­berg be­lieves will main­tain game- flow and elim­i­nate frus­trat­ing stop­pages.

An NRL spokesman con­firmed last night the ALRC is ex­pected to ap­prove Green­berg’s blue­print to­day.

Bron­cos leg­end Dar­ren Lock­yer, who sits on the NRL’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee, said the in­tro­duc­tion of a shot­clock would rev­o­lu­tionise rugby league in Aus­tralia.

Author­i­ties will spend the com­ing months de­cid­ing the pre­cise shot- clock time­frame – ex­pected to be be­tween 30 to 45 sec­onds.

“The com­mit­tee likes the idea of the shot- clock,” said Lock­yer. “We want to make sure the game is a prod­uct the fans want to see – we want it to be ex­cit­ing and fast- mov­ing.”

A shot- clock would fea­ture along­side the of­fi­cial match clock at NRL venues.

The time­frame would start as soon as the ref­eree sig­nals a scrum or line dropout.

A 20- sec­ond shot- clock was used at the sec­ond NRL Auck­land Nines in Fe­bru­ary.

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