RE: Under Performing Boks
September 11, 2012, 20:56:59
canrugby, rugby is played for 40 minutes each way and most of the 15 players play for the full 80 minutes.
In ice hockey the game playing time is 60 minutes made up of 4 x 15 minute periods and players are substituted every few minutes. They are padded to high heaven and very few if any play the full 60 minutes.
The game is overated and to expensive for local families to attend pro games....most ticket holders are corporate held/sponsered tickets.
Rugby is inexpensive, flowing, entertaining and full contact.
Since the introduction of pro rugby the subs have increased as have the rules, in the old amature days only three subs were allowed and those players who came on as subs in an internation test.
Also those sub playe3rs who took to the field were never granted a test cap as is done today...hence you get players who have over 100 test rugby caps.
The bottom line all sport today is all about the almighty dollar/rand/pound irrespective of the outcome.
Expat Saffer in Western Canada.