The 17 seconds that cost $4,000

The Bulldogs and Melbourne will each have $2,000 less in their bank accounts after both were fined following matches last weekend.

The controversial ?shot clock? rule caught both Hazem El Masri and Matt Orford exceeding the allowable 90 seconds to kick conversions during round six matches.

Before last weekend, Raiders fullback Clinton Schifcofske was the only player to have exceeded the time limit, and he?d done it twice ? attracting $4,000 in total fines.

There?s been harsh criticism of the new rule, which was put into play at the start of the NRL season. There?s no provisions for what minute of the game it is, nor how difficult the conversion is to achieve.

In addition, a player could exceed the time limit by 50 seconds and still only be fined $2,000.

El Masri was fined for his 9th minute conversion attempt against the Warriors last Friday, which exceeded the allowable time by 12 seconds. Orford took 95 seconds to convert a try against the Rabbitohs last Saturday night.

Neither club is expected to appeal the fines.

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