Friday, 4 March 2016

Time gentlemen please

I read somewhere this week that in last Saturday’s Six Nations clash between England and Ireland the ball was in play for a grand total of 37 minutes, less half the game.

If true that’s a fairly damning statistic and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the ball was in play for an even shorter duration during the Wales v France game on Friday evening, given Wayne Barnes’ endless attempts to reset the scrum.

Not only does this make for dull viewing, with the ball in play so little there is no incentive for players to become leaner and aerobically fitter, instead encouraging players to bulk up to play a power-based game in shorter bursts.

Regular readers of this blog (all 2 of you) will be familiar with my previous rants relating to the need to speed the game up.

1 comment:

rakulex said...

This is a normal time! In fact the time is getting higher each year! less than a decade ago the time would be around 32 minutes, it's an amazing number but it's pretty much this way with football too