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More cheap tries for the VC


Written by Janes Van den Berg (Viking)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions on 7 Feb 2012 at 10:38
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Monday night saw Tuks take on UJ in a slightly improved Varsity Cup. Or was it? This year’s VC sees a number of changes in the format of the game. Most notably is the new points system where you still get the 5 for a try but an additional 3 for a converted try. A penalty and a drop goal will only get you 2 points. The emphasis here is to see more running rugby and less of the “take the 3 on offer” style of rugby.  It was certainly the case with the Tuks vs UJ game where the ball was run from all corners of the field. However, the new points system has taken its toll on the game as we know it. Two notable observations from the game were worth sharing.

1 – The cheap shot!

The penalty count in the opening 30 min was staggering. Both teams’ discipline was horrendous and one has to ask if the penalty has not become too cheap. Both Tuks and UJ were warned in the opening 30 min and both eventually received a yellow for their indiscretions.  Although the discipline improved slightly after they were warned, they still kept on infringing on the goal lines in an attempt to keep the opposing team from scoring a try. The result of this will be less grinding with the forwards on the try line and more running from depth to get around the defence.  Bottom line is that the referees will have to keep the discipline in check and act more harshly to offenders if they are going to keep the players honest. 

2 – If you fail, try try again!

The new points system definitely promotes more tries. Where two penalties are almost equal to a converted try in the conventional points system, the VC points system sees that 4 penalties will be equal to a single converted try. This was clear in the Tuks vs UJ game where teams mostly opted to go for the lineout rather than the penalty goal. This made the game very exciting.  The downside of this though is that the magnificent drop goal is something that will not be seen often unless it’s a one or two point game towards the end.  I doubt that this is a points system that will be incorporated into higher levels of rugby but one will have to wait and see.

The conclusion…

The VC is growing in stature and growing from strength to strength.  We are coming to a point where the VC is a spectacle similar what one would see with college football in the USA.  From something the students never really new about to Monday night rugby that is watched by avid rugby fans across the country.  It looks like we are in for a lot of tries in this years VC and I for one applaud the organisers and their innovative thinking to promote the game.


19 Comments

  • It’s a fine line between promoting running rugby and the penalty not being taken seriously. It’s similar to when there were free kicks awarded for more infringements 3-4 years ago in S14. The players didn’t mind infringing because the resultant penalisation wasn’t so harsh.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.02.12 10:48:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • You call this writing? 😳

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.02.12 10:50:49 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 2) : At least our team won!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.02.12 10:52:21 by King Shark Reply
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  • Maybe they can improve the rules by bringing in a white/green card or something for repeated penalties and then if you get such a card and the opposition go for goal a penalty is worth 3 points or more, that might improve discipline

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.02.12 10:53:53 by Mutley Reply
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  • The Aussies will not rest till they have moulded union into a American/NRL product …They keen to get rid of scrums and the changing of points awarded is just the beginning.

    Lets hope this doesn’t get anywhere …

    I will however suggest that a drop goal should be reduced to perhaps 2 points but penalties must remain 3.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.02.12 11:06:34 by csb Reply

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  • @King Shark (Comment 3) : At least I do not reply on my own comments 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.02.12 11:14:06 by Viking Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 4) : I fear they will have to issue a calculator instead of pink shorts if that ever happens 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.02.12 11:22:59 by Viking Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 2) : 😯 what’s with you okes today?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.02.12 11:23:17 by Franshark Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 5) : I thought the opposite, drop-goal takes more skill, so worth more points…

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.02.12 11:26:31 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 9) :

    Seems logical ..but if a peanut is worth little it would make sinical infringing alot more rife …

    Whereas a drop can be worked into an area to make it easier which would be around to perhaps win a game in the dying moments if a team is a point behind.

    Drop goals for me personally in SA has robbed us with many a chance to score a try ..and would like to see us move away from that mentality.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.02.12 11:33:32 by csb Reply

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  • @csb (Comment 10) :

    Howzit csb. Well you could also argue that not going for the drop cost us the WC quater final.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.02.12 11:36:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 6) : thanks for the arti Vic, I know the effort(for me) one must put in to write one..

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.02.12 11:37:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 12) : 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.02.12 11:47:14 by Viking Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 2) : 😯

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.02.12 12:01:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : they’re friends in real life… King Shark is just taking the p

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.02.12 12:04:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.02.12 12:23:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : by that comment do you suggest that SW ain’t ‘real live’ 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.02.12 12:27:16 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) :

    Yes one could … but we all know why we lost that game … 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.02.12 13:20:14 by csb Reply

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  • @csb (Comment 18) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.02.12 13:43:24 by Pokkel Reply
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