Watching some of the fixtures over the weekend, I couldn’t help wondering if we couldn’t do without this competition.
Harlequins versus the Ospreys was one of the worst rugby matches I have ever seen, and that includes the U11 B school fixture I watched a while ago. Error after error meant that Quins couldn’t score even when the Welsh side was reduced to 12 men, and to make matters worse, Gavin Henson scored all of his team’s points and no one likes to see that!
The players just didn’t seem focused on winning, as if they’d rather be out of the competition, and when there’s so much discussion about player fatigue and there being too much rugby, who can blame them?
It’s probably a good revenue-generator as it’s shown on terrestrial television, but only for the 16 top clubs that take part – the previous format was much more inclusive, and teams actually wanted to win it.
Is there a place for this competition in the calendar? Should it remain as it is? Or should the lower league teams be included once again? Why is the Heineken Cup so much more exciting to watch?