Young's Angus Crichton enjoys first taste of NRL's new rule changes

Angus Crichton and the Sydney Roosters scored their first win of the season on Friday night as NRL returned. Crichton was a fan of the six-again rule. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
Angus Crichton and the Sydney Roosters scored their first win of the season on Friday night as NRL returned. Crichton was a fan of the six-again rule. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Young's Angus Crichton is a fan of the new six-again rule and one referee despite conceding it's more draining on himself and other players.

Crichton's Sydney Roosters were too good for the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night, winning 28-12 win at Bankwest Stadium as NRL made its round three return.

Crichton said the rules have made players more accountable, and expects it's better viewing for fans at home.

The rules are designed to fasten the game and reduce stoppages.

"You have to be fitter if you want to play 80 minutes or be a good player," he told Roosters.com.au.

"You can't just have those quick bursts of energy if you're going to be tired the next set.

"You've got to be fitter, stronger and faster. It's tougher for us as players but as a fan watching the games I think it's good viewing.

"We're blessed in the fact that our middles are hardworking and they like to play big minutes and that suits our mobile forward pack."

Jordan McLean's North Queensland Cowboys also had a victory on Friday night.

The Cowboys crushed the Gold Coast Titans 36-6.

Meanwhile, Jack Hetherington's Penrith Panthers played out a rare draw.

Hetherington was serving a suspension while the Panthers and Wests Tigers drew 14-all following 80 minutes and 10 minutes of golden point.