Sanity prevails as bye points scrapped by SANZAR

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Feb 2014 at 09:58
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SANZAR spokesman Alistair Hogg confirmed via Twitter this morning that the controversial “bye points” rule in Super Rugby will be scrapped with immediate effect.

Under the system, each team would automatically be awarded four phantom log points for each of their two byes during the round-robin phase of the competition. The intention was, apparently, to remove the uncertainty caused by games in hand, but in reality the crazy system only increased confusion and raised the ire of fans and pundits alike.

The tweets from Hogg an hour ago read “SANZAR can confirm that from the 2014 #SuperRugby season, teams will no longer be awarded log points for their bye weeks.” and was almost immediately followed by “We have listened to feedback and trust this makes it easier for fans to track their team’s log progress throughout the #SuperRugby season.”

Well done to SANZAR for (finally) getting the (very strong) hint!


  • The unemployment grant of rugby, getting paid for doing nothing. 😈

    Now let’s see them drop this stupid conference system.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.14 10:01:06 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Always felt a part of its introduction was to help prevent the Rebels not finish on single digit numbers if they were fpund to be abject.

    I wonder, will previous table totals be tallied down for records purposes? Like it would be very difficult to accumulate a record points haul without the additional 8

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.14 10:03:12 by Seaton Reply
  • Fantastic!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.14 10:04:10 by Ice Reply
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  • Sorry Lions fans 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.14 10:04:32 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I agree in principle but it would have looked good for our log position getting those 4 points for nothing in round 3 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.14 10:05:28 by Greg Reply

  • Now im worried…some common sense from the people at SANZAR! Eish anything can happen now. Hedge those bets carefully. But at the end of the day a good decision. Just an aside, has anyoen watched much of the Varsity Cup and the 2 ref system…thoughts?

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.14 10:06:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • Great news

    @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 4) : 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.14 10:18:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • about time, shows how the teams do properly and no more having 4 points without winning a game as well

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.02.14 10:20:32 by Dunx Reply

  • Eish.Somebody’s going to end on zero! 😥

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.14 10:25:43 by Caratacus Reply

  • That was the stupidest thing ever. I am so glad it is gone.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.14 10:44:15 by lostfish Reply
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  • Yes now let’s get on with it

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.14 10:55:02 by benji Reply
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  • so glad, and yes lets hope some more measures are put in place to make it even simpler (aka conference system)

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.14 11:05:10 by stevovo Reply
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  • See SARU has proposed an ” NFL” type concept Not very far off my proposal written a while back:-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.02.14 07:52:35 by catfish Reply
  • @catfish (Comment 13) : Link?

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.02.14 09:59:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : it’s on the supersport site, written by Brenden Nel

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.02.14 10:22:56 by robdylan Reply
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