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Physical Disability rugby league takes off
Last Sunday at Cabramatta Sports Ground a historical match took place between the Western Sydney Outlaws and the Eastern Sydney Stingrays. The match was the first time two physically disabled rugby league teams played against one another. Physical Disability Rugby League incorporates rules from both tackle and tag versions of the game with matches being played over two periods of thirty-minute halves with a ten-minute half-time break.
The match itself was organised to help trial a set of modified rules in game conditions to see how those with various disabilities would adapt.
The match was played in front of a small but vocal crowd and included onlookers such as Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Development Officer Tas Baiteri and various coaching staff from the Cabramatta Blues Rugby League Club. The day proved a success and provided a thrilling match with the score ending in a 24-all draw.
The referee for the match Dominic Paton was positive in his thoughts about the match.