Run­ning down the clock and the game

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

THE NRL has warned clubs it will con­sider im­ple­ment­ing fines or in­tro­duc­ing a shot clock as frus­tra­tion grows over the time play­ers are tak­ing to leave the field af­ter they are sin-binned.

The NRL’s head of foot­ball, Brian Cana­van, fired off a let­ter to club bosses, coaches and foot­ball man­agers last week lament­ing the amount of “dead time” in matches, which has in­creased by five min­utes and 30 sec­onds per game.

The Sun­day Tele­graph has ob­tained a copy of the let­ter, which was a re­sult of re­cent find­ings by the com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee.

Cana­van wrote that the amount of dead time was twofold — the time taken for play­ers leav­ing the field when sin­binned and the time taken for con­ver­sion at­tempts.

He wrote that head­ing into round 11, 35 play­ers — 21 more than this time last year — had been sin-binned.

“The av­er­age time sin­binned play­ers are tak­ing to leave the field of play is 32 sec­onds, with the longest time be­ing 57 sec­onds,” Cana­van wrote.

“Al­beit that there is no man­dated time for play­ers to leave the field af­ter be­ing sin­binned, the com­mit­tee agreed that the 32-sec­ond av­er­age is too long and is neg­a­tively im­pact­ing the de­liv­ery of a freeflow­ing prod­uct.

“At this stage, the com­mit­tee is not minded to rec­om­mend that a time be man­dated for play­ers to leave the field but strongly urges clubs to en­cour­age their play­ers to leave the field more quickly af­ter be­ing sin-binned and take the most di­rect route to the tun­nel area.”

Cana­van said the com­mit­tee would mon­i­tor the trend and if things did not im­prove, a max­i­mum time might be im­posed and fur­ther penal­ties ap­plied against clubs whose play­ers took too long.

An av­er­age of 11 min­utes and 20 sec­onds per game has been spent on con­ver­sions this year. Clubs have been told they must ad­here to the one minute and 40 sec­onds al­lo­cated.

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