Super Rugby anticlimax
July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
Is it just me or is the Super Rugby turning a bit stale after the recent June internationals? This format is just killing the enjoyment of the game for me. I guess the only guys who are still really interested are the fans whose teams are still in with a chance for the top 6.
I mean, the only thing in the SA Conference that can happen now is for the non-contenders to scramble the top 6 around and do more harm to a conference sides chances than good. Take the Stormers defeat of the Cheetahs for example. All it did is make the Cheetahs chances less. Best case scenario they might end up having to play a knock out game against the Bulls, which will not help SA’s chances too much of winning the thing.
But really, is all this rugby necessary? JA, its been talked of at length and it will still be discussed until the cows come home, but the format just sucks. Not to even talk of the spate of injuries occurring on both sides of the Pacific, not only weakening the competition, but also impacting on the coming Rugby Championship.
And just as the Springboks start to settle into some sort of structure on the park, they get dismantled again for everyone to go back and play a different game at their franchises. Only to get back together again a week before the first Rugby Championship test, counting the losses and fielding understrength teams.
JA, New Zealand and Australia suffer the same fate. And that’s the thing, we don’t get to see all the best players on the park. And this thing about all the friggen derby’s, come Currie Cup, we’re already tired of Western Province playing the CHeetahs twice in the Super Rugby and now we have to watch them twice more.
I would rather see every team play each other once in the Super Rugby and the top teams go through to the semi’s and finals. I would rather see the top 4 teams from each country participate instead of wondering which of the other three teams will carry the wooden spoon. Who is worse, the Kings, the Force or the Rebels?
The Rebels lose Higgenbotham and they’re screwed. What can they really do in this competition? Rally for log position in the bottom half?
A sterling player like Kolisi now has a potential season ending injury. Likewise with Arno Botha.
You know its like a drug. It has a major kick when you start off….then your body becomes accustomed to the high, and the high turns flat. You need something stronger, something different. It doesn’t give you the high anymore…leaves you dissatisfied. You can just as well leave it. Then comes the JUne international, gives you a bit of a kick…then leaves you crashing down again…stuck with Super Rugby for the final few rigor mortis…
How long can you milk a cow before the udder gets empty….squeezing out a few drops of powder that does nothing to fill the belly. Yeah, I’ll back the Bulls and the Cheetahs to progress….but really, its a matter of formality to me. I don’t really care who wins this damn thing anymore. I care about winning the Rugby CHampionship. Now, I guess that comes down to who is impacted least by the injuries, not who has the best team.