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Poll: Does hurling's penalty rule need to be changed?

Just 33 percent of the penalties awarded in Division 1A and 1B were scored last weekend.

ONE OF THE most striking statistics from last weekend was the poor conversion rate from penalties in the Allianz Hurling League.

TJ Reid scores a late free TJ Reid: MIssed penalty Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Of the six games that took place across the top two tiers, six penalties were awarded and just two resulted in goals.

  • Donal Burke (Dublin) vs Cork - SAVED
  • Joe Canning (Galway) vs Wexford - GOAL
  • John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) vs Waterford – SAVED
  • Mark Fanning (Wexford) vs Galway - GOAL
  • Ronan Lynch (Limerick) vs Kerry - POINT
  • TJ Reid (Kilkenny) vs Clare - SAVED

A goal was scored in just 33 percent of the cases over the past weekend.

At the moment – with no black card present in hurling – a defender is arguably better off conceding a penalty rather than allowing his man go through on goal.

The penalty in hurling was overhauled from 2015 on, after Anthony Nash caused controversy for his distinctive style where he would scoop the ball past the 13-metre line before shooting.

Under the latest rules, penalties are to be struck from outside the 20-metre line with only the goalkeeper to beat, but many believe the distance gives the goalkeeper a huge advantage.

What do you think? Does the penalty rule need to be changed?

Poll Results:

Yes, it needs to favour the attacking team more (3607)
No, it's fine the way it is (2589)
Undecided (376)

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