Money may be making the world turn for SANZAAR but it certainly does not do it for the biggest shareholders in the game, the fans.
Yet again we had a Super Rugby year were one could not wait for it to finish.
Even after they kicked out the Kings, Force and Cheetahs SANZAAR still failed to get the turnstiles turning at the gates.
The format is not the only wrongs for SANZAAR as the officials have been the worst we have seen in years and we have seen some bad officials over the last few years.
Then there is the love affair with the Japanese side who yet again failed to be any kind of force or shown any kind of improvement.
At the end of the season they played 16 matches, won only 3 and have a negative points difference of 260.
Now anyone wants to come and tell me that is good for the game or this tournament that have long time lost it’s credentials of being able to be called Super Rugby.
It was an easy decision to cut the Cheetahs, Kings and Force last year but can someone at SANZAAR tell me if this tournament need a fifth New Zealand team that can only manage 4 wins from sixteen matches?
The problem starts and ends with the ridicules conference system.
In what world do you give teams that have only manage to win 9 matches out of sixteen home playoff matches when you have teams that will have to travel who won 11 and 10 matches the season.
Since when does sport not reward winning teams?
Since when does winning not give you the advantage in sport?
Someone said over social media last week that we have to watch 18 weeks of Super Rugby to reduce from 15 teams to 8 teams.
The Sharks who has finished in the last wild card position have less than 50% wins for the season but they can go and get a chance to beat a team in a once off who has won 14 out of 16 matches this season.
The chances are slimmer for the Sharks to beat the Crusaders at home than Hollywood forcing Trump to resign from office but why give such a team a one off opportunity in the first place?
Then you get the Waratahs who has won only 9 of their 16 matches this season hosting the Highlanders who won 10.
What a joke….
The Chiefs who are placed 5th in this conference system has more log points and wins than the Lions who are placed 2de and will have home quarter final and semi final if they go that far.
The Lions have won 9 of their 16 matches and the Chiefs have won 11, two more than the Lions.
If SANZAAR wants to keep naming this competition Super Rugby then they will have to make it a Super competition.
For one they need to get rid of this conference nonsense and go back to 12 teams.
New Zealand with four teams, South Africa with three teams, Australia with three teams, the Jaguares as the Argentinian side and they can keep their love-child the Sunwolves if they must.
Or better chuck the Sunwolves and get a Pacific Island team in the competition.
If they go back to a S12 competition, then maybe fans will again get behind this competition, but as it is now it will just further degrade until there is nothing left of SANZAAR.
If they really want to expand the game with the Sunwolves and other markets, then form a second league like in the European Championship.
They can have a relegation each year to move teams up if they are good enough.
If things are not going to change then I can see South Africa moving to the Northern neighbours and SANZAAR not having the money to sustain the competition.
The worst part is that Super Rugby will start loosing more and more fans and teams will play in front of empty stadiums.