again - i think most people as they get older have more responsibilities and less time for entertainment.I don't think the only alternative to the 6 again rule was 20 penalties a game as we have never averaged 20 penalties a game pre the 6 again rule, or at least as far back as i checked since 2013. It could have stayed as is and used a more strict measure for what is a sinbinning to stop multiple penality's being abused.
If anything with the 6 again we are seeing more penalty equivalent actions in the match because the game quickly moves on from them so the ref has less accountability to justify them. I would bet that people watching the game now are saying "what the **** was that 6 again for" more than they were previously saying "what the **** was that penalty for"
I also disagree with the argument that it has brought the slightly smaller more aerobically fit / quick player in the game. There has always been room for that player, always. That is just a cheap easy justification to support this argument because it cant really be proved.
Interesting that you think the game is better now yet only watch a maximum of 37.5% of the content. Maybe these new rules do cater for the more casual fan...
Maybe I just understand the rules but most of the six agains I will be yelling at the tv for (or quietly saying for them if its the opposition) for me you can see it and still with the rule teams will intentionally stick a hand on the ball or slow the ruck right down against the rules and get away with it.
IMO the game slowed down between 2006-2019 - mostly under melbourne storms reign (although you guys had a good run in there too) where spoiling teams were rewarded over positive teams. I say this as a raiders fan where we have lost games to sides like st george because they have played a bit more creatively and up tempo through out the whole game and they have finally go the biccies besides appearing a shitter side for most of the match.
I want to see the ball move, I want to see big hits, I want to be entertained. I do not want to see shit like kicking the ball away after a 7 tackle set or knocking the ball out of the fbs hands not getting penalised. Quite simply if you do not evolve the game to remove negative play you end up playing rugby union.