NRL coaches explain why new field-goal rule ‘won’t be utilised’

Two leading NRL coaches believe the controversial two-point field-goal will have as little impact on the game in 2021 as the 20/40 rule did last season.

The NRL’s independent commission rubber-stamped eight new rule tweaks for 2021, with the introduction of a two-point field goal form over 40 metres by far the least well received.

However there have only been two successful field goals from that range in the last five years and Manly coach Des Hasler and Souths assistant Jason Demetriou don’t believe it will be a factor in most games.

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“There are always repercussions, and it is a big kick from 40m out – it’s a big big kick,’’ Hasler told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“It will be an instinctive play and if it’s on it’s on. That field goal is a bit like the 20/40. That’s all it is. It won’t be a game-changer for me and it won’t be utilised.’’

Michael Morgan’s 42 metre shot in Round 1 of the 2020 season against the Broncos and Corey Norman’s 41 metre game winner in Round 4 of 2019 against the Knights are the only two successful field goals from that range since 2016.

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Latrell Mitchell slotted a 38 metre game winner against the Storm in 2019 while playing for the Roosters, which would have gone over from another 10 metres back.

However, Mitchell’s current assistants coach at Souths Demetriou doesn’t believe the opportunity will arise on many occasions and when it does only a select few will be able to pull it off.

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Latrell Mitchell slots a game winning field goal for the Roosters against the Storm.Source:Getty Images

“’Reyno’ can kick them from that far, and so can Latrell Mitchell, but I don’t think it will have a huge affect on many games,” Demetriou told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“There are not too many who can kick one from 40m out.

“Latrell hits the ball as sweet as anyone I’ve seen. He’s a natural left-footer who makes it look effortless.

Adam Reynolds kicked three field goals in one game against the Dragons.Source:News Corp Australia

“It’s all good doing it at training, but it’s a different story when you’re under fatigue. That’s what has made Adam Reynolds special over the years – he consistently nails it when he has to.’’

Many critics of the rule like Jamie Soward have asked why the game needs a two-point field goal when no one has been crying out for it.

“One attempt last year from outside 40m. Will be like the 20/40 will never happen because of the consequences if you miss. No one was calling out for this which baffles me why we need it,” Soward tweeted.

1 attempt last year from outside 40m. Will be like the 20/40 will never happen because of the consequences if you miss. No one was calling out for this which baffles me why we need it. https://t.co/efykvgqS8O

However ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys revealed the brainchild of the idea was in fact a fan.

“The field goal idea came from a fan,” V’landys said.

“Fans write into me every day, I read their letters, and I take things forward.

“We’ve got to look after the fans.”

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