It would appear that my days of watching live Super Rugby are over 😦
Let me explain.
There are 6 major playing regions here in South Africa but only 5 places available in the Super Rugby competition (in it’s current format.) I’ve explained previously that for as long as there has been Super Rugby my little part of the world has been completely ignored, that was until this year.
Be it politics, compassion or just plain old common sense our rugby hierarchy decided to to give us a chance and entered Eastern Province (under The Southern Kings franchise) in this years competition, at the expense of last year’s lowest ranked S.A. team ( The Lions) with the proviso that the Kings play the Lions in a home and away relegation / promotion series of matches come the end of the season.
Well, the first of these relegation / promotion matches was played last night, right here at our magnificent new FIFA world cup stadium, and yes, you’ve guessed it, the Kings lost.
Had the Kings won, we had plans for the 2,000km round trip up to Johannesburg to watch the 2nd leg, but we agreed at the end of last night’s game not waste our time, effort and money!
For the record last night’s score was 19 – 26.
We seemed to be on the wrong end of some poor referring decisions, this from one of our leading news publishers …
it also looked as though refereeing mistakes contributed to the Lions’ second try that effectively wrapped up the match in the second half.
… but cowboys don’t cry and to be honest we should be able to overcome these errors but we’re simply not good enough.
I’m told that there were 35,000 of us at last nights game, which once again proves that the public want top flight rugby in these parts, it’s just that the team and management need a tad longer to get their act together, sadly I don’t see that period of grace being extended to us.
So it’s back to the rugby wilderness for this part of the world, hopefully the bureaucrats will have recognised the appetite for Super Rugby, the successes and achievements created in such a short space of time, although I’m not holding my breath!