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Super League to become faster

3rd January 2019, 12:06 by Nick Harris

New laws in Super League will make the game faster and more dramatic, according to chief executive Robert Elstone.

A number of new rules have been added to the game to speed up the overall product, and there will also be a ten minute Golden Point extra time period if games are level after 80 minutes.

That will be split into two five minute periods but if it is still deadlocked after that period, games will end in a draw.

Elstone is expecting that change along with the others - teams will also be penalised under a shot clock system if they take too long over forming a scrum or taking a drop out from under the posts - to speed up play.

He said: "There's a growing frustration across sport with time-wasting, gamesmanship and a lack of transparency and integrity in time-keeping.

"We listened to our supporters and commentators, and the changes are focused on emphasising our sport's key attributes of intensity, relentlessness and integrity."

Teams will also be allowed to make just eight changes from the bench rather than ten.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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