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The Damo Bit - 8th November 2011
Posted by southstander on November 08 2011 - 19:06:27

by DAMO-LEEDS

Following the disapointing defeat at the hands of the Aussies on saturday, the most devastating news possible was the potential loss of skipper Jamie Peacock, not only from the remaining four-nations games but maybe from the start of next season.

Apparently the current prognosis is more promising and there is a chance that he'll even be able to play against New Zealand at the weekend.

Peacock played more game time than he should have on saturday, and how much of that is down to issues with the number of possible substitutes?

Read more here....

All views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the site.

We need to acknowledge the injuries in our game by allowing more players on the subs bench on a match day. Itís just no longer feasible or fair to have the limitation of four players (each with a specialised role when on the field) on the bench when anyone on the field can get injured at any time. For example, on Saturday Englaqnd were without Gareth Ellis and James Graham for most of the match due to injury causing Steve McNamara to reshuffle his team around. The same happened to Australia as well with Billy Slater getting injured after trying to tackle Ryan Hall.

So for most part we got to watch 15 v 16 men which isn't fair, and detracts from the spectacle. Imagine if four players on the same team got match ending injuries it'd mean no interchange for that poor team. The only time a team should have less personel in my opinion should be when someone is yellow or red carded. At least then less players on a team can be justified because someone's committed an offence that is against the spirit and rules of the game. But injuries happen naturally as do tries, tackles and blockbusting runs. The team who pulls off the playing aspect of the game is richly rewarded and rightfully so. But if a player gets injured then it's more like a punishment to the whole team than just a part of the game.

Now it'd be absolute ridiculous to add more players to the sub bench as it stands now. But what I'd like to see is another subs bench there just in case someone does get an injury during the match. This way we can swap the injured athlete for the fit athlete so that the teams have 17 players throughout the match if they behave.

Damo

P.S. - The Damo Bit is now on twitter

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