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Same language, different game? by David Clarke
February 12, 2009, 10:42 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby News | Tags: , ,

The Super 14 competition starts this weekend. It will be a contrast to the Six Nations and other northern hemisphere rugby competitions.

The first reason must be the laws are different. The new ruck ELVs are still in force from last season with penalties downgraded to free kicks. This represents the key difference.

The second reason will be more subtle. There is a great divergence in the styles of play between different teams. It is not all frothy, basketball type rugby. Some teams grind out victories whilst others are happy to throw the ball around.

The weather is another factor. The South African home games are played on harder pitches, the New Zealand games sometimes in torrential rain.

There are lots of clips available on Youtube and other sites when the games start.

Try going to after this weekend.


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