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Introduce A Plate Section At The Rugby World Cup 2 views 5 Comments
15 September 2011 by The Swede Eaters
 

Scotty Donaldson has enjoyed watching the minnows, but believes there must be more incentive for them to continue playing well at the Rugby World Cup.

The minnows are winning fans throughout New Zealand with some gutsy performances in the opening matches of the Rugby World Cup 2011.  These teams are no longer the easybeats they once were with no scores over fifty points posted so far in the tournament and there have been some very close matches like Canada upsetting Tonga and Romania leading Scotland until the final quarter.  I think that the minnows flourish in playing against better teams in a Rugby World Cup tournament and will get better the more matches they play.  I think that these semi professional teams like Romania, Georgia, Namibia, USA, Canada, Russia and Tonga should play each other in a format similar to the Sevens World Series.  It is tricky with four pools of five, but I think given how much money these teams paid to travel to New Zealand, that it would be great that when the finals are on, the minnows play in a Plate Competition. 

Five ways this would be good for the game
1)  These players have been treated like rock stars when playing their matches in smaller cities like Invercargill, Whangarei, New Plymouth and Palmerston North and the finals are only played in the big cities.  This means that anywhere not hosting the actual finals will be free to host meaningful plate competition matches, giving these players more moments of glory.

2)  The more rugby these teams play, the better they get.  The problem with plenty of these teams is that they don't play enough test matches together to build experience and combinations, this would help.

3)  The Sevens World Series is successful because it provides an incentive for these smaller teams to keep trying to win rather than now if they are out of contention early on, there isn't anything to play for.  The overall standard of Sevens has improved in the minnow nations and I believe this has helped their XVs teams.

4)  There are plenty of spare game times for these extra matches to be played since there are only currently eight post pool play matches spread over three weekends.  This leaves plenty of time for television coverage.

5)  They have already spent the money to come all this way to New Zealand and surely they need to make the most of this opportunity.

How it works?

The third and fourth placed teams in each pool will play each other in a format similar to the existing Quarter Finals where 3rd from Pool A will play 4th from Pool B.  Then there will be semi finals and finals.  It could also be extended so that the teams that finish 5th in their pool play straight bowl semi finals.

These matches could be played in smaller venues not hosting the actual finals and they could even include double headers to get the crowds involved.

What do you think of this idea?  It works in the Sevens World Series

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5 . Real Deal 16 Sep 2011 02:02 PM
What if a big team like Argentina, Wales, Samoa or Scotland didn't progress through.. they'd be expected to take out the Plate comp I guess?

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4 . Real Deal 16 Sep 2011 02:01 PM
Good Idea mate! Imagine Namibia going home with something for the trophy cabinet.. their fans would love it.

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3 . deep 15 Sep 2011 11:49 PM
Best idea since some smart dude figured how to make a wheel!

2 . Robs lot 15 Sep 2011 10:53 PM
Great idea! Now to get the IRB to approve.

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1 . Choppers XV 15 Sep 2011 08:56 PM
This is the best idea for developing the world cup for the lesser teams, I think it would be brilliant to watch too.

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