EVEN THE PROFESSOR SWITCHED OFF – SUPER RUGBY ON LIFE SUPPORT

Former World champion All Blacks and Black Ferns coach Wayne Smith couldn’t take anymore of the rubbish he was seeing dished up in a Pacific Super rugby clash between the Highlanders and Western Force so he switched over to a wild life programme instead.

Fijian Drua - playing rugby how it should be played.

He wasn’t blaming the players but the rules which encourage tedious play and referees spending way too much time playing advantage and dishing out cards.

When people like Smith, also a former All Blacks player, can’t watch it anymore there really is something seriously wrong with this once great competition.

Compare the state of Super rugby alongside the AFL and NRL Aussie rules and rugby league competitions. Both codes had complete sell outs at their respective super rounds where all teams assemble in one city and a full round of matches is played. These were resounding success with the AFL in Adelaide and the NRL in Brisbane. 

Compare those to the Super rugby super weekend which was a complete flop and why for goodness sake was it in Melbourne and on the same week the AFL competition started.

Whoever organised this is about as clueless as whoever decided the World Cup rugby draw for 2023 should be made in 2020, the result of which means two of the top four ranked teams cannot make the semifinals.

Fijian Drua home crowd biggest yet

Thank goodness for the Pacific Island teams, Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika for the spark they have added and the wonderful near full house crowd in Suva to watch Fijian Drua beat the Hurricanes 27-24. This was a snap shot of what this competition could and should be like and likewise a couple of other matches this year, the Chiefs v Crusaders and the Blues v Crusaders.

Moana Pasifika were desperately unlucky to lose 30-31 to the Blues conceding a penalty try in stoppage time but the saddest thing about this brilliant match was the ground was almost empty, hardly anyone there to see the drama unfold. Embarrassing really.

Moana Pasifika came ‘oh so close’ against the Blues

Former King Country and Marlborough loose-forward Greg Brimble and myself, John Alexander, discuss not so Super rugby and other current rugby topics including who could be the bolters when Ian Foster names his World Cup squad.

We think there will be several new caps for the Rugby Championship which precedes the World Cup but there are real log jams and so many options in several positions including outside backs meaning some outstanding players will miss the World Cup cut of 33.

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

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