Exactly, nail & hammer right there jwikked. Fix the ACTUAL problem which is exactly as you say. The game will improve almost immediately.The stand rule is terrible. I presumed you couldn't impact on the play if you were in the process of exiting the protected zone, turns out that isn't true.
The game has too many rules, and far too many interpretations. People want to blame the umpires, but I'm convinced that nobody could be a competent umpire with the rulebook the AFL have collated. Far too many grey areas.