I've often pondered this for as long as I've been watching footy, and it came up again after watching Matai's short kick-off attempts today... Why don't NRL teams incorporate shorter high kick-offs and the relevant contesting skills into their game? The kicks don't need to be just over the required 10m, but also mid-distance. The key would be to get enough height to allow the kicking team to genuinely compete. It's used with fair success in yawnion, and if a team were to jump on this early and develop the skill and confidence before other teams developed the ability to defend it, it could be a genuine advantage. I also wonder if the lifting from yawnion could also be utilised to defend some of the shallow high bombs when defending the goal line? It took footy a long long time to start incorporating the over-head marking skill-set from AFL, and now it's a huge skill set advantage for wingers. I just wonder if there may be other skill sets we could pinch that could give slight advantages to footy players. Yeah, yeah, I'm probably rambling and I'm sure there are good reasons this stuff doesn't happen, but it helps take my mind off that game today.