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Battling with the context switch


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Super Rugby on 26 Jun 2012 at 09:18
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Ok, I’m going to stick my hand up here and admit that I’m completely baffled.

I simply cannot get my head around the fact that just last week we were all properly engrossed in a test series featuring the Boks, yet this weekend will be straight back into Super Rugby. It simply does my head in that the entire competition could have been put on hold like that, almost as though some massive inter-stellar “pause button” had been pushed, only to resume from suspended animation a few weeks later as though nothing had happened.

Problem is, something has happened – at least to me. I’ve forgotten all about Super Rugby and if I’m honest, I’m not really sure I want to be reminded about it. These last three weeks (plus another three for the over-long finals series) now feel like a bit of an unnecessary coda, or unwanted appendix, hanging around and interrupting what should, by all rights, be the test season. Perhaps it has a lot to do with the dire position we left the Sharks in (that bit I DO remember), but I’m simply not in the mood to revisit the ridiculous conference system, the bottom-heavy log, the points for doing nothing, the incompetent refereeing… What I feel like now is test rugby. Simple, clean, uncomplicated test rugby.

Maybe the Sharks being on a bye this week is just adding to the confusion and disappointment – the feeling that while fans of all the other teams can seamlessly switch from one party to the next, we’re forced to hang around in limbo for an extra week with no match to watch this weekend isn’t helping. My concern, though, is that Super Rugby is now fundamentally too long and simply cannot sustain the interest over such a long period as the amazing Super 12 used to do in just three months.

What do you think, fans? Am I just being a grumpy old goat, or do some of you feel the same?



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