This weekend saw the first round of the 2008 Super 14 competition, and the first opportunity to see the Experimental Law Variations is use.
The ELVs are intended to speed the game up, keep the ball in play for longer, and ultimately allow more tries to be scored.
From what I could see, the first round of matches were mostly low-scoring affairs, riddled with mistakes, endless kicking exchanges, and cynical offences that were only punished by free kicks. Miles Harrison commented that he “enjoyed the tennis match” between the Cheetahs and the Lions.
What are your thoughts? Are the ELVs good for the game?