This is a shame. Even though the business side of the league was mismanaged, the product was actually good and games were very entertaining to watch. The league did well to get the best players in USA amateur rugby, filling squads with Eagles, college All-Americans and a handful of capped international legends. »
We had our first match last weekend with the new rules, and it was a mess. Referee must have called at least a dozen penalties for high tackles. I think offensive players, especially forwards on the crash ball, will be exploiting these new directives and leading low with their heads. It happens so quickly that most of the time the defense is making accidental contact with the ball carrier's head. Everyone is going to have to adapt quickly to this.
First kick to #6 seemed accidental. She couldn't have known her face was right where her heel was going to hit. The second kick to #15 was intentional. New rugby players (which she clearly is to me, as I'll outline below) tend to flail their legs around when they're tackled. And sometimes these flailing legs make contact with faces (often times their own teammates coming in to ruck). I've had to tell many new players to NOT flail their legs when they're on the ground. Yellow card is the right call. The weekend ban seems harsh. »