Rathbone wants Jake to change

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:45
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Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone says it was "poetic justice" the Chiefs became Super Rugby champions with an attacking style.

Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone says it was "poetic justice" the Chiefs became Super Rugby champions with an attacking style, urging officials to ensure the sport avoids becoming boring.

The South African-born Wallaby believes the Brumbies can use their 22-27 loss to the Chiefs in the Final at the weekend to spur them to the title next year.

But Rathbone said he hopes the game's governing body changes rules to promote try-scoring rugby instead of forcing teams to "strangle" their way to the top.

There were three tries in the Super Rugby Final in Hamilton, the Brumbies scoring an intercept before the Chiefs stormed to the lead late when crossing twice.

"We [the Brumbies] have got some outstanding attacking players, but I don't think we got the most out of them in big games," Rathbone told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"We played a Test-match style to strangle teams into making errors and trying to feed off those.

"It was almost poetic justice the Chiefs won - they played the most football in the last 15 minutes. There's almost something wrong with rugby if you can win a Final and not play much football.

"To win the championships you have to play football. You can choke teams out of games to the point where you can potentially win the championship ... but I don't think that's healthy for the game."

Rathbone, a 2004 championship winner who came out of retirement this year, stressed he was not criticising the game plan of his coach Jake White and instead said officials and the laws were not encouraging teams to attack.

"We're in the entertainment industry, we've got to score tries. [White] is coaching in a way that gets you wins and smart coaches do that," Rathbone said.

"The rules allow teams to play that way, we need to force teams to have to play more.

"As a wing, I probably got one touch in attack ... It's a war of attrition, you're pinning teams with field position and one percenters," he said.

"We need to do more than that, we need to thrill crowds. In 2004 when we won the (Super Rugby) championship it was off the back of our attacking game. This year our efforts were off the back of our defence."

AFP

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EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
Fri, 02 September 2016
Boland v Pumas 13h00 Wellington
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 17h00 Pretoria
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Fri, 26 August 2016
Pumas v Griquas 35 | 41
Golden Lions v Boland 60 | 12
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
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Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
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Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9