Andrew Hore said this week there were three reasons why there were only 10,000 at the Waratahs’ game against the Sharks on Saturday night.
Firstly, he blamed the school holidays for not allowing the Tahs to get into school classrooms to promote the game.
Secondly, he cited the AFL and Wanderers for having games on the same night. Shame on them! How could they do this to the Waratahs?
Thirdly, Hore said the marketing department were “behind the eight ball”.
If this is the case, they should all be sacked. Surely they should have known that this game was on during the school holidays and that there might have been other codes playing that night as well.
Imagine if they had have got into schools, maybe given a few tickets away, and the possibility of attending the new stadium would have been a drawcard – I might have even attended for that reason!
But, alas, this didn’t happen and an opportunity to actually tap into the west was missed.
If they had held a holiday camp in the area and promoted the game by giving away a few tickets, what impact would this have had? They could have actually tapped into all those students who had the audacity to be on holidays in the lead-up to the game.
One factor Andrew failed to mention was the quality of the game. The past two games were two of the worst rugby games I have seen in a long time. In fact, someone I know (and there aren’t many) who did attend the game actually enjoyed the Shute Shield match more, with the comment: “At least they threw the ball around.”
There is no doubt success breeds success, but until those at the state and national levels get their heads out of the sand, admit their mistakes, and do something about it, rugby will continue to struggle behind the other codes.