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Where are the tries?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2012 at 09:05
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Well, that was an interesting weekend of Super Rugby action and the thing that struck most watchers was just how evenly-matched all the teams seem to be at this stage.

In fact, it was only the Stormers who managed a win by more than 5 points, with the Hurricanes doing their bit to shoot themselves in the foot by having three men carded in separate incidents, going on to lose by 13 in a game that they at one stage looked like they might win.

Not even there, though, in a 39-26 triumph, could the winning side manage a four-try bonus point. Surely this must be the only-ever opening week in Super Rugby history that saw no team manage to cross the line four times. The Stormers got 3, a handful of other sides managed a pair, but most scored at most 1 try! Hell, the Bulls and Lions even managed to pull off wins without scoring a try! Nine penalties kicked in a game (for the Lions) is just ridiculous and leaves me asking: “where are all the tries?”

Having torn my hair out during the Sharks game to see them penalised no fewer than three times, on attack and within 10 metres of the opponents’ line, I can say with certainty that in their case, they didn’t score because the ref didn’t let them. Not to say they were without sin, or anything, but surely the point of the game is to score tries and the referee should favour the attacking side, rather than the way the law currently seems to be implemented?

These breakdown laws, quite simply, are impossible for anyone to actually understand any more and it seems that the more the lawmakers tinker, the more officious the official become and, as a result, the less of a spectacle the game ends up. In a round of 7 games, only 21 tries were scored, with only a paltry 5 tries in total managed between the 5 South African sides.

Sorry, guys, but if I want to watch players kicking penalties, I’ll rather tune into the 6 Nations… it’s boring as hell but at least it’s over sooner.


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