Monday, 27 February 2012

RIP The Running Game

Despite rule tweaks, coach exhortations, CEO pronouncements and spectator pleadings, Super Rugby's teams all forgot how to score tries last weekend.

Consider these stats from the 7 matches played...

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Introducing the Tom Carter Scale of Averageness

Tom Carter - Rugby's benchmark
Even Tom Carter admits he'll never play for the Wallabies. But Tom Carter is also too good for the Waratahs bench. The long-term Waratah centre carves it up playing for Sydney Uni but would get hammered by any decent international team. In other words, Tom Carter is the ultimate Super Rugby player and all other players can judge their ability against his. So that's what the Rolling Maul has done.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Rugby's White Card Only The Beginning

The introduction of a referee's white card in this year's Super Rugby to indicate a judiciary commission citation for suspect but unseen foul play is just the tip of the pack of cards. Red, yellow and white cards ignore a whole rainbow of colourful cards that could be used by referees to inform spectators and players and add to the vivid spectacle that is Rugby. Here's a few suggestions...