Coaches offer Super advice to SANZAAR
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A couple of Super Rugby coaches have offered various alternatives and solutions following the suspension of the tournament.
SANZAAR suspended the Super Rugby matches after Round Seven due to the outbreak of the deadly global virus Covid-19.
According to media reports, SANZAAR Chief Executive Andy Marinos revealed that if Super Rugby does not resume in five weeks it will be called off.
However with uncertainty surrounding the return of the league, defending champion Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has urged the governing body to be ‘creative’ when it comes to producing an alternative.
“Whatever the opportunity is, the leaders of SANZAAR have to make a good call on what they think is the right thing with all the broadcasters, sponsors and fans,” Robertson told Stuff.
“Be creative. If it is local New Zealand derbies, origin matches over the next few months and then we play the leader of the other conference, or if things kickoff and the borders are relaxed in a month’s time and we have a shorter version,”
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Stormers coach John Dobson believes the cancellation of the season will add huge economic implications to the already financial strain Super Rugby.
Thus, his solution is to continue playing in empty stadiums.
“We [Stormers] were supposed to play in Argentina next week and I just don’t know why 30 players can’t get scanned, stay in isolation and get scanned 48 hours before the game, get cleared and play. At least then the broadcasters would have something to show and the media would have something to write about.
“It’s very disappointing. It’s the bigger picture, I’m afraid,”
Dobson’s idea has been utilised by other sporting codes like football and cricket. However, it will be a very unfortunate circumstance for the team, who bids farewell to their iconic home Newlands Stadium.