WORLD RUGBY BOSSES – LET’S HOPE SOME OF YOU WATCHED ORIGIN THREE

Thursday night’s State of Origin rugby league series decider between bitter rivals Queensland and New South Wales at a sold out Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane provided the almost perfect template as to how elite rugby contests in Union and League should be played and officiated.
PASSION, SKILL AND INTENSITY FROM BOTH TEAMS - WHAT A GAME !

Thursday night’s State of Origin rugby league series decider between bitter rivals Queensland and New South Wales at a sold out Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane provided the almost perfect template as to how elite rugby contests in Union and League should be played and officiated.

Queensland’s 22-12 series clinching decider against the odds was beautiful sporting theatre.

It had everything from breathtaking speed and skill, brutal physical intensity, a brief outburst of biff and a referee (Ashley Klein), TMO and touches who stayed out of the picture as much as they could and let the players do their things and did they do their thing, congratulations to both teams for one of the greatest Origin series deciders I’ve ever seen.

" breathtaking speed and skill, brutal physical intensity, a brief outburst of biff "

The Biff is Back ..

Punches were only thrown on one occasion and both players involved, Queensland’s Dane Gagai and NSW player Matt Burton were sin-binned, given a chance to cool their heels and come back on and the game did not lose anything as a spectacle when they were off the field.

There were so few stoppages, players from both teams were literally out on their feet at the finish having provided the 50-plus thousand fans with a fantastic 80 minutes of thrilling action.

A PIVOTABLE MOMENT IN THE GAME

                                         CONTRAST THIS TO THE BULLSHIT RUINING TEST RUGBY !

Last weekend provided yet another card avalanche as referees, extremely aggravating TMOs and touches combine to turn the game into a laughing stock that at times struggles to get out of first gear.
MORE CARDS THAN A BLACKJACK TABLE IN VEGAS....

Last weekend provided yet another card avalanche as referees, extremely aggravating TMOs and touches combine to turn the game into a laughing stock that at times struggles to get out of first gear.

I know rugby union and rugby league are two quite different sports but several of the dynamics are very similar, especially the physical contact and collisions.

Really pleasing to see several world renowned rugby men coming out with scathing attacks on how the game is being officiated, these included England coach Eddie Jones and former All Black Andrew Mehrtens.

Rugby, men’s and women’s is played at break neck speed by big, fit, fast, skilful athletes and collisions, sometimes clumsy, are all part of the game, part of what we used to love about rugby.

" Rugby, men’s and women’s is played at break neck speed by big, fit, fast, skilful athletes and collisions, sometimes clumsy, are all part of the game "

Now it seems everytime there is serious physical contact in butts the TMO or the ref or touchie and stops play to review an incident and it’s not entirely their faults, they are acting under orders from above.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster talked afterwards about his team’s ill-discipline, why didn’t he question why Leicester Fainga’anuku was binned for leaping and challenging for a high kick or why prop Angus Ta’avao was red carded when he clashed head with Ireland’s Gary Ringrose making a tackle. Both players were injured in the collision, that’s rugby, it was accidental and yet Ta’avao copped a three week suspension which could easily have been six weeks. For what.

Yellow cards dished out over the weekend for deliberate knock downs the worst example being Wallabies mid-fielder Izaia Perese who genuinely tried to catch the ball but knocked it on. These TMOs have no feel for the game.

The amount of time wasted while referees review incidents, reset scrums, listen to captains getting in their ears all helps lessen rugby as a spectacle.

I have no problem with a TMO coming in if deliberate foul play has occurred, things like punches thrown, kicking someone, coat-hanger tackles etc but leave the rest of the stuff, it’s part of rugby, part of why people play the game and watch it.

The truth is, if World rugby employed a work health and safety company to do a risk assessment on the game, tackling, scrummaging, line-outs and mauling would all be deemed dangerous and banned and you’d end up with touch rugby.

Stop this bloody nonsense- and get this Worlds rugby bosses. You don’t own the game. Players and fans own the game and if people are continually put off going to watch either live at the ground or on TV, a lot of people stuffing rugby up right now would be out of a job.

Give the game back to the players and fans because a lot of people are being turned off watching it, including several of my mates who were once not only good rugby players but fanatical supporters of rugby.

Saturday’s series decider between the All Blacks and Ireland in Wellington could be an absolute belter and it will be if the officials back off and let the players play. By the way a fantastic victory by Ireland.

Likewise the England v Wallabies decider in Sydney and the Springboks v Wales match in South Africa.

Lets hop we are all celebrating great games of test rugby around the world instead of far too much focus put on how the games are being officiated.

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

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