Ardie would have played if the Hurricanes had something to play for
The battle between the third-placed Hurricanes and table-topping Chiefs was diminished by three issues.
The climate firstly, the absence of some huge title All Blacks, however most significantly the lack of penalties.
Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett had been rested as per the All Black resting coverage, whereas the Chiefs had been at full energy main to a one-sided contest by Kiwi derby requirements.
The Chiefs constructed a 17-0 lead in torrential circumstances that was by no means seemingly to be overcome by a Hurricanes facet on the highway lacking their two finest gamers.
However the unhappy factor is, if these two had played for the Hurricanes, the outcome actually wouldn’t have mattered all that a lot and that’s the greater downside.
There’s primarily nothing at stake in common season clashes with eight play-off spots in a 12 workforce competitors.
Sure, there’s jostling for residence discipline benefit however that incentive is nothing like do-or-die contests when a workforce’s season is on the line.
If the competitors had simply 4 play-off positions, the place good groups miss out, there isn’t any doubt that Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett would have been on the discipline in Hamilton to play the Chiefs.
That loss would have had actual penalties with the Hurricanes now in fifth place wanting on the outside-in.
The competition with the Blues subsequent week, who occupy the spot above them, would already have play-off depth.
As a substitute, the outcome doesn’t actually matter as a result of either side know there are not any penalties of shedding with play-offs assured.
Solely 4 play-off positions would imply the Crusaders, Brumbies, Blues and Hurricanes would nonetheless be chasing qualification with the threat of lacking out nonetheless very actual with two rounds to play.
In attempting to promote further play-off fixtures to broadcasters, they have failed to realise how a lot they have killed curiosity in the 15 week common season.
The journey is simply as vital as the vacation spot however Tremendous Rugby Pacific’s Oprah-style playoff system kills any sense of stress.
The competitors sleep walks to the play-offs, and since there are a bunch of depressing groups being handed tickets to compete, lacks credibility.
The groups which might be supposedly ‘preventing for their seasons’ at the backside of the ladder are so dangerous it’s like asking a boxer who has already been KO’d to preserve getting up to combat one other spherical.
Discuss of the Highlanders needing to rally to make the eight after a pathetic season with 4 wins and eight losses is difficult to abdomen.
We already know they’re terrible. They don’t deserve to be anyplace close to the play-offs. In the event that they get there, they’re going to despatched packing instantly. They don’t deserve one other week on TV. Get them out of right here.
So as to restore the competitors’s integrity there wants to be lightening-rod change initiated to cut back the play-offs to 4 spots.
The common season has to imply something. The bar has been set so low that groups are being rewarded for being abominable.
The competitors wants high-stakes common season video games to turn into an elite sporting competitors and product, and the solely means to get that’s to increase the bar.
Take some icing off the prime and beef up the cake please, and perhaps you’ll discover extra followers need to eat it.