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Southern Hemisphere playing candyfloss rugby

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2010 at 08:33
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The damage done to the image of southern hemisphere rugby by two scorelines from last weekend’s Super 14, is incalculable.

Peter Bills writes that the absurd 72-65 victory of the Chiefs over the Lions in Johannesburg plus the 50 points to 32 Bulls win over the Brumbies will have reinforced a widespread belief up in the northern hemisphere that this is candyfloss rugby in disguise.

I mean, how the hell do you explain a match of 18 tries? Well, try lousy defence and pathetic tackling for a start. In places like Cardiff, Twickenham and Dublin, they’ll be laughing themselves silly at such a try fest. Rugby diarrhoea, lads, and nothing else: certainly not a serious version of the game.

Well, you have yourselves to blame. Miss as many tackles as the Lions did at Ellis Park last Friday night and you deserve little more than jeers and jokes. At best, it was powder puff tackling; at worst, the non-existent variety.

And, hard as I find it to say, they’re right up in the northern hemisphere. When two sides tackle properly, how the hell can you end up with a scoreline like that?

Frankly, it did the game a disservice.

But having said all that, there are enormous advantages to be gleaned from the first two weekends of the southern hemisphere’s Super 14 tournament. I find the new approach of the referees like a breath of fresh air in a stale dungeon.

Refs are targeting four key areas of the game:

** Offside by players ahead of the downfield kick.

** Ensuring defending players at the line-out can challenge the ball carrier at the maul, rather than be blocked out by the line-out lifters.

** Policing the breakdown and ensuring the ball carrier, when tackled, can free up the ball.

** Trying to cut down the number of scrum collapses and re-sets.

All power to their whistles, in my book.

The attack on players sealing off the ball at the breakdown is long overdue. Players like Phil Waugh look like dinosaurs these days as they are pinged for the offence, as Waugh often was during the Stormers/Waratahs game in Cape Town on Friday night.

And for me, South African referees led the way in dragging players, kicking and screaming, to this new world with its new vistas and horizons. Marius Jonker sin-binned three Chiefs players for offences in the match at Johannesburg, which was great. Eventually, even such dumb Kiwis got the message.

No new laws are being written here. The only difference is that referees are now enforcing laws already in the statute book. We should all applaud that intent.


  • The damage done to the image of southern hemisphere rugby by two scorelines from last weekend’s Super 14, is incalculable.

    I AGREE!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.10 08:35:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • AND I agree with the whole article as well!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.10 08:38:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Off-Topic: Apparently young Fransie Steyn wants to stay in France for now and has no plans on returning to South Africa anytime soon, 4 unions is after his talented blood but he will see out his contract which expires in 2012. If he doesnt get a 2011 WC call, then its just to bad, but he hopes that through consistent good play he might get the call.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.10 09:11:20 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Isnt it a farce when A FINAL scoreline reaches 61-12 aswell

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.10 09:13:01 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • As for the lions vs chiefs match, lions defence was just bad and the chiefs got lots of yellow cards and the lions exploited the extra man to their credit, from having watched the match live, the chiefs looked the MUCH better team while the lions benefited from some Chiefs indiscipline and showed a little bit of fighting spirit, and as far as i know that was the first chiefs win in joburg, well done to them

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.10 09:14:06 by war1 Reply
  • The Northern teams should come and play against us, they’ll be lucky to survive half a tournament

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.10 09:23:04 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • Jeez but this is ridiculous ,you’d swear after the Lions game Rugby as we know it is dead and buried,may aswell start watching lawn bowls.

    Rugby writers like Bills and keo and co need to get over themselves.
    So what, it was a high scoring game (a once off) a freak of game get over it.
    The last high scoring match in super rugby was 13 years ago!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.10 09:24:27 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 6) :

    Its been a dream of mine to watch a game like that ..just to shut the Northern teams and their media and fans once and for all.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.10 09:27:28 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 8) : Yip, I would definitely be watching those games aswell 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.10 09:31:30 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • And matches up north that end 6 all or 9-6 which often occurs is a wonderful advetisment for the game.

    WTF u have the Aussies that want a more attractive open game and the Brits and Irish want a tighter closer game played ..

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.10 09:32:56 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 3) : well hope so to and then sharks must jump to get him back 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.10 09:41:13 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 4) :

    It depends if my team has 61 or if they have 12.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.10 14:16:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • well lets keep the candyfloss rugby. and we’ll see which hemisphere comes out top next year. i prefer candyfloss to snore. if i want snore i watch football.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.10 14:17:05 by try time Reply

  • wasn’t it the northern hemisphere that changed try points from 4 to 5 to get more tries into rugby. and now there is snot and trane when our rugby has more appeal. a scoreline like that isn’t going to happen everyday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.10 14:19:21 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 13) : It’s a pity that the Sharks are playing ‘snore’ at the moment….maybe they should join the Heinekin Cup 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.10 14:32:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : apparently sharks aren’t bound to play s14, they just do it to keep saru happy. but i have always felt it might be better if the sharks go north. sharks haven’t got many bp’s in recent years, so maybe their style would suit nh rugby more. only problem is a lot of bok sharks may leave due to the fear of not getting selected. but the positive is sharks would probably get more money.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.10 14:36:30 by try time Reply

  • If you have the ability to run your oponents dizzy then why the hell not? The lions pulled the score back when they had the extra man advantage and also took advantage of a chiefs defence that went into neutral when such a huge lead was build. It’s unlikely that we will see 18 tries in a match any time soon. Besides the Northen Hemisphere are always looking for reasons to bad mouth the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.10 14:48:57 by Farlington Reply

  • @try time (Comment 16) : Not so sure about that. The Sharks should rather evolve if they want to win the S14/15/16/17…

    A move to the Northen Hemisphere will hurt us alot more then benefit us. Besides, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best. And the best is in the Southern Hemisphere.

    What I would however like to see is a mini tournament, let’s say every 2 years. Where the best 4 teams from the Southern Hemisphere go up against the best 4 teams of the Northen Hemisphere.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.10 14:57:36 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 18) : yes that is something i would also like to see. it will be interesting to see if big money does create better teams.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.10 16:05:15 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 16) :

    Don’t take this the wrong way but what a load of crap.

    They may not be bound to play S14 but they are bound by approval from SARU for any tournament they do want to play in.

    They only play to keep SARU happy??????? 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 Oh and the money they earn from it is given to charity. 😕 😕

    I simply CANNOT believe you made that comment with ANY seriousness. Where are the cameras? Am I on candid camera?

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.10 17:07:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’ve long ago stopped caring what the NH press or the Aussie press or the kiwi press have to say.

    Everyone is one-eyed to the point of ridiclousness and nobody’s mind will be changed.

    I very much doubt the two results over the weekend overly influenced anyone’s opinion.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.10 18:45:50 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • The Lions Chiefs game was an exception imo. Bulls Brumbies was a good game.

    By the same token 6-3 type matches don’t do much for the game either.

    But too many variables and subjectivity.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.10 21:32:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : gee mclovin where are those loving pink or purple lips this one looks like a gost that is rising from the dead 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.10 06:27:12 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Charmaine (Comment 23) :

    The make-up has worn off to reveal what is underneath. 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.10 06:41:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : aahhh 🙂

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.02.10 07:44:21 by Charmaine Reply


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