Varsity Cup – A joke?
March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
VARSITY CUP – A FARCE?
What is a the point of holding such a tournament, if the powers that be have already decided before kick-off which teams should be in the final?
Perhaps it is for the tv coverage and to keep the nr of viewers up? You might be asking what I am going on about. Well, I was unfortunate enough to watch the NMMU vs Maties game last night (and the round robin clash).
Before I note any further grievances down, and have some readers getting the knickers in a knot – there cannot possibly be a single rugby supporter out there that is not DISGUSTED with the varsity cup and the results of certain games.
I am not talking about the quality of rugby delivered by the kids (which was fantastic), but the referees that decide the results no matter the effort of the teams on the park.
For the purpose of this post, I will take Maties vs NMMU – and you can pick which of the 2 games played this season you would like to review, and the refereeing decisions will make you vomit in your mouth.
I should state that I am a neutral supporter living in Cape Town.
Let’s look at the round robin clash between the 2 teams mentioned earlier when they played on the 18th of Feb. The final score read Maties 13 – 8 NMMU. Taking some “iffy” decisions (only going 1 way though since for those of you that do not know, Maties apparently plays to different rules than anybody else) into condiseration, it should have read Maties 5 – 24 NMMU as a minimum. Just to mention 2 “mistakes”made by the referee in this game:
- Legitimate try by NMMU not given due to a pass being called forward by the referee who was at a 90 degree angle to the play and also not calling for the TV official. Replays showed that it was NOT forward
- Try awarded to Maties after the ball was knocked on, and this was not a close call, but the ball went more than a meter forward but the try was awarded, again without calling for the TV official.
Now, let’s move on to the semi-final played last night. I have no problem with the yellow card for collapsing the maul, but the card for the so-called tip tackle was harsh. If this referee was consistent, then there were at least 4 different yellow cards that should have been shown to Maties, as well as a penalty try.
But again, as we all know that Maties plays to a different set of rules, as mentioned by the commentators of last nights’ game
Although I have to mention, that it would have been nice to play in a maroon jersey
- you can obstruct defenders without conceding penalties
- you can use your hands in a ruck and it doesn’t matter if you are on your feet or not
- you can play off-side all game to stop the opposition from attacking
- if the opposition teams transgresses with any of the above, then they get penalised and warned .
WOW, how great it must be to play in that maroon jersey
I’m not sure whether the Maties management has a bearing on the futures of the referees, or whether they have the cash to pay off the referees, but this tournament is now tarnished and will continue to lose more viewers if this continues.