A noticeable form dip from Tom Trbojevic in 2022 has reportedly caused Hasler and a select few other coaches to complain to the NRL that the six again rule is not being enforced.
However, Kent believes that the coaches need to take their fair share of the blame for failing to coach their players to play within the rules of the game as they currently stand.
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“You know what it comes back to? Put them in the bin,” Kent said.
“The rules are not strong enough for the guys that sit there and deliberately flout the rules. When they deliberately do it.
“And it is a cynical move. When they are doing it to get competitive advantage, take that advantage away by saying, mate 10 minutes. That is the only thing that will stop it.
“Then the coaches after the game will blow up and half the media will go, I agree that wasn’t a sin bin. It is because he is trying to achieve something that for 55 minutes earlier you ignored.
“The referees have got to get the big stick out and say, listen guys you either obey the rules or you go.”
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However, The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio countered that a crackdown similar to Magic Round 2021 would negatively impact the spectacle of the game.
“But we don’t want it to turn into Magic Round Kenty,” Riccio interjected.
“But that is the problem because everyone then blows up,” Kent replied.
“Everyone has the blow up in them.
“The game has got to sell what it is trying to achieve and ultimately it is going to be a better product.”
Kent called on the coaches to be confronted by the NRL in a bid to stop their cynical coaching styles when it comes to the rules of the game.
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“You really are with your cynical ploys.”
Paul Crawley believes the fix is much simpler and called on referees to simply call they game, according to the letter of the rule book.
“It is not as difficult as everyone is making out, you just stick to the rules,” Crawley said.
“If it is a six again, give a six again. If it is a sin bin, give a sin bin. Don’t make a big deal of it.
“I think teams will stop doing it if the rules are upheld in every single game and the referee just stands by the rules.
“Keep the rules all season.”
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Braith Anasta also feared another crackdown would have a negative impact on the game.
“I don’t like crackdowns because they ruin the game,” Anasta said.
“There you go,” Kent replied.
“The crackdowns last two weeks because of the public pressure that comes to refrain from the crackdown and to dial it back in.
“The NRL does not stick to their nerve long enough to beat the coaches.
“The coaches know just keep doing it because eventually the public pressure and the coaches get on the phone and ring all of us and say, mate this is a joke you have got to write something about this and that.
“They put the public pressure back on the game, so the game finally says to the referees, stop doing it.
“Let’s remember Todd Greenberg, the famous crackdown on the play-the-ball years ago. He said don’t blame the referees, blame me. Then after six rounds he said I have told the referees to stop nitpicking.”
“It wouldn’t be an issue if they just did their job every game,” Crawley said.
“Every game just do their job that is all they need to do.”
“But they are not doing their job and the coaches are not playing by the intentions of the rules,” Kent replied.
“Why can’t they just fine the clubs.”
Anasta then asked which coaches were trying to influence the NRL to make sure referees are enforcing the six again rule.
“Do we know who the coaches are?” Anasta asked.
“Manly,” Kent replied.
“Trbojevic come on. Tom hasn’t played a good game all year except for last week he got better.
“But he has been quietened down all year because he is not getting those six agains.
“Manly last year scored more long distance tries than anybody. Tom getting the ball in six again territory and going the length of the field.”
“Will Des care anymore because Tom is out for the next six weeks?” Dave Riccio asked.
“Look Des always cares, but look anyway I will be getting a phone call on the way home,” Kent said insinuating Hasler would be giving him a bell.