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scoring experiment is pointless

Published 03/12/2011 | 05:00

They may not fall under the moniker ELV -- remember them? -- but in South Africa's Varsity Cup, changes to the scoring values are being trialled to see what difference they might make to the game.

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Apparently, it will still be five for a try with three (instead of two) for a successful conversion making it an increase of one (to eight) for what was traditionally known as a goal (try and conversion) in the game.

However, the penalty goal and drop goal are to be reduced by one, from three to two.

Who comes up with this nonsense? Quite apart from the likely increase in penalties, a 40-plus phase of controlled rugby perfection, culminating in a match-winning drop-goal (as witnessed in Thomond Park at the end of the Munster v Northampton game) will now be rewarded with two points, whereas a collapsed scrum leading to a penalty try will be given four times the drop-goal equivalent!

Between us and all harm, what genius conceives this crap?

Irish Independent

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