The NRL is considering a radical proposal for players who concede penalties in their own red zone to be given a time out.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg revealed the game's rule makers were considering a controversial tweak designed to curb the trend of players giving away deliberate penalties close to their own tryline.
Under the proposal, any player who gives away a penalty within the 20 metre zone would be forced to stand behind the goalposts for the following set.
According to Fox Sports Stats, the number of red zone penalties has increased this year with 701 of the 2525 penalties (28 per cent) being incurred in the offending side's red zone.
This is up on the numbers from the same time last year when 650 of the 2682 (24 per cent) penalties came in the red zone.