NZ disappointed with Super Rugby finals format

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:02
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand's effort to change the Super Rugby play-off format was thwarted by South Africa and Australia, who wanted the continuation of a guaranteed home play-off spot for conference winners.

New Zealand's teams dominated this year's Super Rugby tournament in terms of results and points on the standings, but they only had one team (the Hurricanes) who actually got to host play-off matches. 

According to the New Zealand Herald, the five New Zealand Super Rugby teams campaigned for the introduction of a straight top eight play-off format next year, where the four teams with the most points, regardless of where they are based, host the quarterfinals.

"It's disappointing we couldn't get agreement," New Zealand Rugby Union Chief Executive Steve Tew told nzherald.co.nz. "We would prefer to see a straight top eight which we think would be fairer."

The new Super Rugby format has received a lot of criticism for its structure and finals format. However, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos believes it was still success. 

"We saw some fantastic rugby earlier this year and we look forward in particular to the continued development of the new franchises that added exciting new territories and colour to the tournament

"The new season is set to be another enthralling, action-packed one as we enter the second year of the 18-team conference-style tournament," Marinos said earlier this week.

Source: nzherald.co.nz

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