Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Southern Discomfort

Forgive me if I fail to get excited by the Tri-Nations.

Not only does the format of the competition - New Zealand v Australia, South Africa v News Zealand, South Africa v New Zealand again, South African v Australia...etc...etc...ad infinitum - make me want to enter a self-induced coma, so far the standard of rugby hasn't been up to much either - surprising, given that we're constantly reminded of the superior standard of rugby in the Southern Hemisphere.

Who knows, the tournament may finally take off this weekend. The South Africans may even fill a stadium.

I won't hold my breath.


7 comments:

Nursedude said...

The first game, New Zealand and Australia, I thought was decent enough. I have to admit that I was shocked by the number of empty seats in Bloemfontain for the 'Boks-All Blacks match. (Must be something in South Africa, most of the South African club matches against the Lions were played in front of mostly empty seats as well.)

I do think the Tri Nations need to add Argentina, Tonga, Samoa or even Japan (Hey, the Six Nations has Italy)

Leonidas said...

'cause that travel itinerary is sooo realistic. the shortest flight from NZ to SA is about 16 hours.

Anonymous said...

haha... very funny... :P
in my (humble) opinion, the northern hemisphere's style of rugby suckzzzzz... (with the rare exception of the French when they manage to play a decent game)...

btw i'm as independent a person as you are going to get on this topic (bcz i'm not from any of the big rugby playing countries)...

Total Flanker said...

And that's all we ever hear -
i.e. the stereotypical SH = fantastic, NH = boring bs - when in reality there are plenty of exciting games up here and plenty of dull-as-dishwater games down under (and vice-versa).

All I'm saying is that, after the Lions tour, the 3N hasn't really hit the heights has it? And not being able to fill the stadia is nothing short of disgraceful.

As for travel itinerary - yes it would be a problem under the current scheduling but not necessarily if the tournament was revamped. The reality is that the TV revenues drive the schedule - to the detriment (imho) of the tournament itself.

Leonidas said...

Too true, maybe the conference model of the NBA and MLB needs to be considered. Going forward, anyone wanna swap an AB's jersey for a Scottish one?.

have a great holiday ya lucky bastard :)

Anonymous said...

I didn't mean to say that all northern hemisphere games are boring, just that the interesting ones are few and far in between.. :D

Personally i prefer to watch an expansive game of rugby with a lot running with the ball in-hand... on this account the ABs, Boks and French are hard to match...

I do concede that the northern hemisphere, especially England, do put on some interesting games (the Lion's tour of 2005 comes to mind ;D

Stomper said...

It's alright TF you should enjoy this year's Tri Nations with non ELV rules dictated by the IRB. You can expect games dominated by penalty shoot outs and 90% fly half kicking. Should warm the cockles of most NH supporters. Myslef - I'm being put to sleep.