As good as it is to have the Boks winning, it is worrying to see the updated laws have sent Rugby back twenty years.
If it wasn’t for the fact that the sole try scored by the Boks was worth 5 points not 4, the rest of the Bok performance looked like a fourteen defenders and Naas Botha show. It is like watching tennis with fifteen men. During the Super 14 tournament this year the warning bells were ringing, when teams could win games by kicking ball up field and defending. Fast forward two months, take away the short arm penalty and suddenly it is the only way to win rugby.
The reason tries were changed from 4 points to 5 points was to let the backs back into rugby. Rugby has always been a sport about fifteen men playing different roles and not about 10 man defensive rugby. It was about taking it away from the one dimensional sport of football and into a game where the big, small, short and tall all had a chance to offer something on the field. The tri-nations has so far shown that there is no longer space for creative running rugby, it is about having a one dimensional flyhalf and fourteen support players. Isn’t that American football?
Hats off to the Boks and Morne Steyn for beating the opposition to the punch and working out 10 man rugby is the winning way. Middle finger salute to the Law makers, referees and administrators of the game that drag the sport down further every year.
Thank the Rugby gods for the 7′s game, so that rugby can still get some international attraction and give true backline players a chance to run and score tries. Fifteen man’s rugby’s future lies in simplifying the game and if this isn’t done expect it to go the way of cricket. Six international teams claiming World glory, yawn.Tweet