IN response to the Off The Ball column (Star, October 22) too many games are rather predictable and consist of the same old, same old.

Yes, we want to see attacking play and plenty of tries but the formula of the sixth tackle turnaround can create a system of play which is very pedestrian and sometimes quite boring to watch.

A great game of rugby league is fabulous but sometimes the game seems so pared down that it can become less than exciting in the same way that a poor game of union is dominated by time-wasting line-outs, scrums and endless penalties.

The exciting league games require really talented stand-offs and loose forwards to ensure that ball distribution, great kicking skills and speed challenge the arm wrestle between the forwards.

Deidre McGuire (via Facebook)