Has SARU done enough for the Southern Kings and MTN Lions?
With less then 12 hours to go before the first promotion/relegation match, in Vodacom Super Rugby, kicks off it is still unclear what the losing team will do next year.
The MTN Lions created the “Lions Challenge” for the 2013 season. As we all know that didn’t quite live up to their expectations and matches were cancelled or replaced. Not an ideal situation for a team fighting to keep their status as a top team or fighting to regain status in Super Rugby. They did this with little or no support from SARU.
It has now been a year since SARU created this unhealthy situation in South African rugby with 6 teams formed but only 5 allowed in Super Rugby. One would think that after a year they would have come up with a solution for the team losing out on Super Rugby. A series of matches that can be played by whoever doesn’t qualify for 2014 and then also 2015. Yet they are silent and it seems the franchise losing out will be left to do the thinking for themselves.
A series created by SARU will surely carry a lot more weight and inmportance than one devised by a lonely franchise on their own. The possibilties are endless if you think about it. Argentina, Fiji, Tonga and Japan is but a few countries that should be interested to get involved. Although not the strongest competition they should be more of a challange than a Vodacom Cup competition.
It will be interesting to see what is to happen come 3 August and the relegated team is decided. Will SARU then try and put something together or will it be up to the union/franchise to do something again?
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