Wednesday 22 November 2017

Six Nations bonus-point proposal a no-brainer

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Granted we are but a little over a week into the new year, but the news that the Six Nations is finally considering the bonus-point system for the jewel in the northern hemisphere's rugby crown is the best to date.

With the bonus-point system, while mathematically possible to win all five games and not finish top on points, such an occurrence is highly unlikely. Still, in order to cover all eventualities, I don't think it takes the brain power of a nuclear physicist to suggest a three-point bonus for any team that manages to complete the Grand Slam.

That would ensure a minimum 23-point finish for the Grand Slam-winning side, assuming they failed to pick up any bonus points along the way.

In this scenario, the Grand Slam winners would end up one point ahead of a country finishing second who have won four games scoring a minimum of four tries in each one, plus two added bonus points when losing to the eventual champions (for tries scored and for finishing within seven points).

It means that 23 points would be the minimum awarded to the country winning all five matches in a championship.

We are told the English RFU are pushing for a discussion on the proposed changes but, in all honesty, is such a waste of time and money really necessary?

The system operated in competitions worldwide is an unqualified success.

Bring it on.

Irish Independent

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