Not so Super anymore

2014-05-08 10:41
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The proposed new Super Rugby format can be labelled many things but appealing is definitely not one of them. It would be more suitable to go with confusing, long-winded or farcical.

Wanting to spread the game globally is a noble objective but is crow-barring teams in from far and wide the right way to go about it?
The competition will surely lose some of its already fading gloss if the proposed new structure becomes a reality.

When the current 15 team tournament was agreed upon we were promised that it would be a step in the right direction and the game would reach new heights in the Southern Hemisphere. Well it’s quite clear how that turned out; we are left with the bloated mess that many of the experts warned about. Too many games, too many derbies and a break in the middle of the competition that halts all momentum.

Do fans still get as excited about the weekends’ match-ups as they perhaps did 10 years ago? I don’t think they do and the root cause of the problem should be attributed to rugby overkill. Players being worked into the ground as the powers that be push for more and more.  
How is a 6th SA team even warranted? Surely this will spread the player base thinner than it already is which will result in a more mediocre standard of rugby.

As a fan since the Super 10 days (When the Lions were still a force - which seems like a lifetime ago!) I think that the administrators have been getting it horribly wrong over the last few years. Maximising earning potential and TV rights is one thing but does it need to come at the expense of player well-being and supporter interest?

In my humble opinion I would say that the Super 12 was the format of the competition that worked best. The top 4 teams from each SANZAR country battling it out against each other in a round robin system before your semis and final took place. A lean and streamline tournament devoid of meaningless dead-rubber games which take the shine off of the overall event.

As fans of the game all we want is a quality product which will make us excited about supporting our teams again, in this regard the custodians of the game are letting us down.

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