Currie Cup is not S15
The Currie Cup action at the weekend seemed to be played in slow motion at times, when compared to the pace of Super Rugby.
The rugby was enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong. The matches were exciting and the results were close. Just one point in it Johannesburg, just two points in Durban and not a point in it in Cape Town when the youthful Bulls drew with champions Western Province.
There was positive intent from all the sides and the focus was on attacking rugby. But the intensity was a definite step down from what we’ve seen for the past six months, both at the breakdown and also in defence.
The South African Rugby Union and SuperSport have done everything to tug at the heartstrings of the South African rugby traditionalist. There’s been a big sell around this season’s Currie Cup.
I agree with what Mark says in his article and going on the crowd attendance at all the games it seems that the SARU and Super Sport shove on promotion hasn’t worked very well.
The crowds will be even worse this weekend with the double card in Jhb and the WP game being so close to the test time.
Too much rugby can be the death of this long loved competition.. I also think that if the national TV had the broadcast rights instead of DSTV it would happen even sooner. The new era of sports bars and big screen TV and the cost of tickets to enter the stadiums plus the sheer quantity of available top class rugby through all the numerous competitions is going to become problematic in the long-term because lack of bums in seats means a drop in revenue and through lack of funds the cheer quantity will have to be pruned.
I have serious doubts about the present heirarchy ‘s capabilities to weather this storm!