Less is more



July 11, 2016
Less is more

Riaan Viljoen, Thembelane Bholi and new boy Jaguares Creevy.

Too many weak sides, mismatches in Super Rugby

Sometimes in life you realise that less is more. It’s not always the case, but with certain things this is definitely true.

Take our once-beloved Super Rugby competition for example.

After this round of action, I longed for the days when I couldn’t wait for the weekend to begin – not because of not having to work, but to see some top stars in action.

Instead, it’s a bit of a drag, to be honest, watching this year’s 16-team southern hemisphere tournament.

I would prefer a 10-team tournament like they had back in the early 90s.

Those of you who watched the Bulls match against the Sunwolves this past weekend will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Instead of rushing to stadiums to catch a glimpse of superstars such as Queensland’s Jason Little and Tim Horan, Auckland’s Zinzan Brooke and Michael Jones and even some real competitive South African teams, we are left with teams such as the Sunwolves from Japan with a discarded South African, Riaan Viljoen, being one of their main drawcards.

I don’t think the lure of the Euro or Yen is killing the southern hemisphere game – the problem lies with Sanzaar and chiefs like Andy Marinos.

We haven’t had a game at Newlands in ages, but how many of you are excited to watch the Stormers host the Kings there this weekend?

There are too many teams and too many mismatches.

Cutting the participants down to 10 – three each from SA, Australia, New Zealand and one from Argentina – will up the excitement and competitiveness again.

This type of format will also breathe new life into our ailing Currie Cup competition. No one wants to play Currie Cup any longer, with players opting to play in Japan and then returning for Super Rugby.

What will happen if Super Rugby is not a given at their franchise?

And that’s where this new format will resurrect our local game again.

Only the top three teams in the tournament will then advance to the “Super 10”, while the others will have players from the other unions available on loan to the Super franchises.

And there we will have to use a draft system whereby each team gets a pick or two.

This is the only way to ensure that we no longer get games where we won’t have to channel anymore.

Furthermore, it will strengthen the rugby in all of the southern hemisphere countries.

The one possible pitfall is revenue earned by installing such a tournament.

So again it comes down to rugby versus money.

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