Kangaroos battle heat rule controversy

Friday, 17 November 2017, 04:26:04 PM. Live Rugby League World Cup

AUSTRALIA has named its strongest team possible to face Samoa in their Rugby League World Cup 2017 quarter-final in Darwin. A hot and humid evening is expected with the game set to be played in 30C heat with 80 per cent humidity. Kick-off is at 8.30pm (AEDT).

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Heat rule rejected

Rugby League World Cup 2017 officials have chosen not to put the “heat rule” into effect despite the mercury rising to 32C in the evening in Darwin.

The historic Top End quarter-final was expected to be played in 20-minute quarters to allow players extra opportunities to rest and consume water to deal with the humid conditions.

However, Kangaroos playmaker James Maloney made a final plea to officials to let the match unfold under regular rules in an interview with Channel 7 before the game.

The only change to the standard rules of international rugby league has been an allowance for each team to have one additional runner on the field to distribute more water.

The heat forced the Kangaroos to conduct their warm-up inside their Darwin Stadium sheds in a bid to avoid the outdoor heat for just a few extra crucial minutes.

The rule is expected to boost the Kangaroos’ fortunes in the quarter-final with the Australian backline expected to be given more opportunities to cut holes in the Samoa backline by taking advantage of tired forwards late in both halves.

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