I was at the stadium and bore witness. IT WAS WOEFUL.
At least against the Rebels, Crusaders and Hurricanes we played well for long patches (40-60mins in each game), I enjoyed watching that. Tonight? I can't think of a stretch of this game where I was enjoying myself.
Our first three tries were against run of play, the last two across field, lucky steals when the King's were at our try line. Backs showed some skill in them, but where we're they the rest of the game?
The Tahs need to urgently regrow a backbone, as it was missing tonight.
I'm a thought and through rugby fan and a die-hard Tahs supporter. But a performance like tonight shakes me to my roots.
I've never before left a rugby game angry. Disappointed with a loss at times, but not angry.
Good summary Digger. I'm sad to have read it before watching some of the recordings.
Re Easter Monday, it's not observed everywhere. It is in AU, UK, NZ, it isn't in USA, Argentina, Brazil, Japan (don't know other countries). You'd have to see where the broadcaster's audience is to see if they would get eyeballs (which drives dates and times more than people being able to go to the stadiums).
I would simply make it 20, four groups of five - NZ, AU, SA and others (2 Arg, 1 JP, 1 Pacific, 1 North America). Eight games in the group, nine outside (three from each other group). 1st and 2nd in each group go to finals (top overall vs lowest, etc).
Local derbies and finals bring highest revenue, there would be plenty for all groups.
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