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Wales Set To Abandon Law Changes

A number of law variations were being trialed in the Welsh Principality Premiership.

At the beginning of last season, the Welsh Rugby Union agreed to trail an alternative scoring system which saw teams awarded six points for a try and the value of penalties and drop goals reduced to two.

By introducing such a scoring system, World Rugby hoped to foster a more attack orientated game, that would see teams opt to score tries rather than kick penalties.

However, while the concept saw more tries scored in the Principality Premiership, according to Wales Online, such a statistic came about as a result of teams kicking to the corner and mauling their opponents over the line.

Indeed, Ebbw Vale flanker, Ronny Kynes, managed to score 19 tries from such a method last season.

Consequently, the decision to abandon the alternative scoring system was welcomed by Pontypridd chief executive, Steve Reardon.

The aim was to create a faster game which would produce more entertaining rugby.

What I found from a personal experience was it produced a proliferation of kicking for touch and driving from the lineout.

There did appear to be a lot of tries scored, but a lot of them came from that area.

I am not averse to a catch and drive, but it did become a predominant aspect of the game and that’s not what had been envisaged.

Given the fact that kiwi news site, Stuff, have reported opposition to the alternative scoring system in New Zealand, it is doubtful World Rugby will continue with it beyond this year.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

Author: The PA Team

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