Martin Devlin: Super Rugby is broken, why hasn't it been fixed?

Author
Martin Devlin,
Publish Date
Fri, 17 Jan 2020, 1:46PM

Martin Devlin: Super Rugby is broken, why hasn't it been fixed?

Author
Martin Devlin,
Publish Date
Fri, 17 Jan 2020, 1:46PM

Big breath people. Super Rugby starts today.

I know, I know, surely this can't be true, it's only the middle of January. But yes it is!

Pre-tournament trial matches kickoff with the Chiefs vs Blues at a sold-out Waihi International Arena then all underway in a fortnight with one more year of this convoluted over-complicated silly dumb conference system before we all go back to the Super14 round robin. Remember that, the one version of this comp that worked, that everyone liked, that wasn't broke before they decided to fix it?

Here's the question: Why do we wait another whole year to change the format, why can't they do it rightaway, why not do it now in time for the start of this season? Because not to defies all good sense and sensibilities.

You think about it. They know the thing is broken. They know it needs to be fixed. After much high-level administrative angst and debate they've all agreed the best way to fix it. But they've also decided that the best solution is not to fix it 'til next year.

Let's read that out loud together again just so we're all completely clear that, YES, it is us who are insane and not the SANZAAR  morons who get handsomely paid to make these decisions.

What is best for the comp, that everyone already agrees is broken, is that it remains broken for the whole of this year before we fix it in time for next year. Imagine, in whatever workplace you work, sitting down with your CEO and presenting that as your new business plan. You'd probably be sacked on the spot for sheer stupidity.

And before these turkeys start yelling about previous broadcast deals and past contracts signed that can't be changed etc, let's not forget that ALL these people are also the  same people who've agreed to change it but NOT 'til next year.

I shake my head and wonder who are the bigger idiots here, those administrators who've decide this or the rest of us who've decided to accept it?

Because the only thing that makes any sense is that it is complete and utter nonsense.