SUPER RUGBY ROUND OR SUPER FLOP

Former Australian under 21 rep and ex Australian Schoolboys coach Micheal Broad has some alarming observations from last weekend’s Super rugby round in Melbourne and over the of support for rugby over-all at this level in the Southern Hemisphere.

Like many of us, he can’t understand why Melbourne, spiritual home of Aussie Rules football, would be chosen to host this round which is a very good concept.

Poor crowds throughout the weekend backed those thoughts up and in fact Michael is worried that Super rugby over-all has lost its spectator appeal and that rugby is struggling to grab young peoples interest in the Southern Hemisphere at present. He has a first hand view of young rugby talent in Australia as owner/operator of New Gen Rugby Coaching where he works in schools and clubs coaching up and coming young talent.

Michael believes this urgently needs addressing by rugby administrators as he watches club and international rugby in the Northern Hemisphere thrive and attract big crowds each week.

South Africa leaving Super rugby did not surprise him and he reckons with many of the Springboks playing in Northern Hemisphere competitions it will only serve to make the Springboks and even more formidable opponent at this year’s World Cup in France.

Andy Muirhead - very under rated player.

As for last weekend’s Super round. It may not have attracted many fans but some of the rugby was outstanding and nail-biting as far as results are concerned and obviously conceding yellow cards cost some teams dearly.

The most alarming turnaround in form came when round one winners the Western Force were thrashed by first round losers Queensland Reds by a record 20-71, arguably one of the best performances by the Reds under Brad Thorn’s coaching regime.

The Brumbies gave Aussie rugby a big boost by edging out the Blues 25-20 which included a scoreless second half. Blues centre Rieko Ioane cost the Blues dearly when he ignored an unmarked Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on his outside and went alone and got smashed as a certain try went begging.

Just pass it Reiko ....!

The Rebels blew a golden opportunity to beat an ill-disciplined Hurricanes side going down 33-39 in a match where Hurricanes number eight Ardie Savea’s throat slitting gesture towards Rebels halfback Ryan Louwrens was a moment he would clearly like to take back.

This was totally out of character for this great player and leader and to his credit he owned it and was fully apologetic afterwards. As a result of the unfortunate incident Savea was suspended for one match.

Suliasi Vunivalu - his head said he could run 90m but his legs said NO ! at 80m.

The Waratahs fought off a very physical and committed Fijian Drua side to win 46-17 and they will trouble most teams this season especially at home.

Listen to Michael Broad and myself, John Alexander, discuss Aussie rugby including the Eddie Jones effect which has already proved significant for rugby here.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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