Boring referees and obscure rules kill rugby
I WOULD like to preface my comment today by saying that I played more rugby union during my sporting days than any other sport and I love the game.
That said I have to say that rugby in 2014 is one of the most boring sports I have ever watched.
I sat down with a good mate on Saturday night ready to watch Australia take on New Zealand in game one of the Bledisloe Cup series.
Like many Aussies I had high expectations that we finally had a team that could bend back the All Black team.
Instead of watching an enthralling encounter I found myself totally bored.
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It wasn't because of the players' lack of effort; the problem was totally at the hands of the South African referee who destroyed the match.
Jaco Peyper's pedantic and, at times, bemusing refereeing reduced the much-anticipated trans-Tasman showdown to a dour, stop-start affair.
The 68,627 fans at the game should have charged the field at the end and hung him by the bootlaces from the goal posts.
Better still they should have taken up a collection and sent him on a one-way ticket to Alaska never to be heard of again. The rules of modern day rugby have turned what was once a mighty game into a joke.
If I see Mr Peyper handed the whistle for any match in the future I intend to switch the channel before kick-off.