Varsity Cup competition to trial Power Play system

DanDango

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-un...rsity-cup-competition-trialpower-play-system/

South Africa’s Varsity Cup competition, contested by the top rugby-playing universities in the country, is set to trial a new Power Play system next year which will allow captains to remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition for a three-minute period.

The Power Play can only be called by a team while in their own half, must be called by the captain, and can only be called once.

If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the Power Play period, they are awarded an extra two points (seven points before the conversion).

Chester Williams, the former Springbok win who helped South Africa win the Rugby World Cup in 1995 who is now a coach at the University of Western Cape, has given the trial his full support.

“The new rule will be good for players, coaches and, most of all, spectators going into next year’s competition, as it keeps the game fresh,” Williams said. “Power Play will really keep the game fluid and allow for some innovative thinking from the coaches. “It will be tactically and strategically challenging for all of the coaches, and will be interesting to see how other coaches react.”

The Varsity Cup has been home to a number of trials in recent years, including the introduction of nine-point tries in 2016, where if a try began between the half-way line and the opponent's 22 - and possession was maintained from start to finish - a team would receive two additional bonus points.

Other experiments in the past have included a ‘free-catch rule’, allowing players to call a mark anywhere on the field any time they caught a kick, while throughout 2014 and 2015 matches featured two referees on the field working in tandem. Last year’s Varsity Cup was won by the University of Pretoria Tuks.
 

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Bloody stupid, this isn't frikken T20!
The attention span of today's youth is pathetic. All sports need to be modified to suit their viewing.

No overtakes for 10 minutes in an F1 race? Bring in DRS, make all overtakes fake, thus less entertaining.
20 overs without a 6 in cricket? Let's make a shorter format that basically nullifies the bowler, or make powerplays more retarded and bats as big as barndoors.
No tries for 40 minutes in rugby? Let's bring in crap like this.
Golf takes 72 holes now? Let's make 6-hole events, so that little Mr. ADHD Generation can keep up for the entire event.

Rant over.
 

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I don't get this at all. They trying to be more strategic like American Football?
 

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I doubt that this will ever succeed into the World Rugby law book, but many international trials are done on Varsity level, incl. the domestic leagues, and some has been adopted by World Rugby.
 

Fulcrum29

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I nominate the people who cooked this up for a lobotomy.
There have been stranger trials. In my time we had some tackling rule, I cannot remember what precisely it entailed, but it was similar to the tackle laws employed by Rugby League.
 

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There have been stranger trials. In my time we had some tackling rule, I cannot remember what precisely it entailed, but it was similar to the tackle laws employed by Rugby League.
I just don't understand why you want to make 15-a-side Union quicker/faster/fresher with gimmicks when we have 7s. And League.
 

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I just don't understand why you want to make 15-a-side Union quicker/faster/fresher with gimmicks when we have 7s. And League.
No to mention that 10s (tens) is around the corner to be more widely played. Basically the Union version of League.
 

cr@zydude

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This sounds great. Send off the other teams flyhalf and fullback and let the 5 guys left figure that **** out for themselves. How about we add extra points if you do a swan dive while scoring? A points multiplier based on how many passes you complete before scoring a try? Rolling substitutions? Force 5 players from each team to switch sides at half time?

Might as well go fulll retard. Varsity Sports obviously does well for Supersport, but they've bastardised every sport they've touched except football. I'm worried that next year we'll see goal count double if scored from outside the box.
 
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