Fans blast RWC draw system
Cape Town - The Springboks could face their arch-rivals, New Zealand,
at the semi-final stage of the 2015
Rugby World Cup in England.
Monday's draw in London saw coach Heyneke Meyer
's men drawn in a relatively easy pool
- where they will face Samoa and Scotland plus two qualifying teams
from Asia and the Americas.
However, while the South Africans should emerge unscathed from Pool B, they
will face tough hurdles to get to the showpiece match on October 31.
In most global showpieces, from tennis grand slams, to major football tournaments and even most top professional rugby tournaments (Super Rugby, Currie Cup, Aviva Premiership) the playoff scenario usually works according to the principle that if the two top-ranked teams top their pools and win their knockout games they will only face each other in the final.
This principle usually prevents the eventuality of a one-sided final and ensures that the most mouthwatering match-ups are saved for last.
However, the Springboks, who were also ranked second when the draw for the 2011 World Cup was made, will again face New Zealand in the semis, just as they would have in 2011, had they overcome the Wallabies in the quarter-finals.
The rationale behind seeding the World Cup draw three years before the next World Cup using the IRB rankings system, according to the IRB, was to reward teams for their performances outside of World Cups.
The same rationale did not seem to apply to the Springboks, who will feel they received no reward for working their way up from a ranking of fourth to second in 2012 except for avoiding the other three teams in the top tier in the group phase.
Here's what Sport24 readers had to say:
"This is BS. Why is it rigged in a way that we get the all blacks in the semi? The two top ranked teams should be able to meet in the final. Damn RFU!"
- jako.merwe"Sux man, should be the final. but will be happy with an sa-eng final again, with them being hosts. but such a long way to go, 3 whole years!"
- dhirshan.gobind"Here we go again. Was the exact story last World Cup. What happened? The Springboks almost lost to Wales and Samoa and never even reached the semi's to play against New Zealand! Don't count your chickens man."
- Jaco.Vintage@JV "Dude, did you watch the semi's by any chance. You know, the one where
Bryce Lawrence blew...or didn't blow...That game that cost him his
-Oopkop.Denker"What kind of BS is this that the 2 top rated teams meet in the semis if they won all their previous matches. They should meet in the choker zone, I.e. the final. This draw favors Aus, France and Enland, which makes a mockery of the seeding system."
- Rocco.DeWet"It's ok peeps...France will beat NZ in the playoffs again to pave the way to the final for the Boks!"
- andrew.arde"The All Blacks won't be such a power by 2015."
"That was the first time in a decade that the AB's lost in Europe! No need to panic!"
"Nicely worked out to be a North vs South final..."
"This is what it's all about.. The viewership.."
- Johannes"What is up with this draw ? The Springboks & New Zealand are the two top ranked teams. They should only meet in the Final, provided that they win all their games. It makes no sense that team number 1, should play team number 2 in the semis. I'm not saying that the Boks are better than France & Auz, but the draw should ensure that the two best teams only meet in the Final, and not along the way. The Boks should face #3 in the world, and the Ab's should face #4 in the Semis, provided that there's not an upset."
"Why don't that put the top teams 4 in pools so if they win their pools and quarters it will be 1-4 and 2-3 so that NZ and SA or NZ and AUS can only meet in the final, best two teams meeting in the semi's is stupid?"
"2015 seems so far away..."
- Thabiso.Lethlabane"Bring it on! We are not scared of the All Blacks."
"The All Blacks better beware. Come 2015 no team will be able to stand up to the Boks."
- dean.greevesRWC Draw:
Pool A - Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, Repechage winner
Pool B - South Africa
, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2
Pool C - New Zealand
, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1
Pool D - France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2Quarter-finals:
QF1: Winner of Pool B
v Runner-up Pool A
QF2: Winner of Pool C
v runner-up Pool D
QF3: Winner of Pool A v Runner-up Pool B
QF4: Winner of Pool D v runner-up CSemi-finals:
SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4Unless there's a major upset, the All Blacks will not meet the Springboks in the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. (Getty Images)