Did I hear right! That the top 4 teams from the southern and top four from
the northern hemishere will make the finals.
If this is the case what is the point of playing all these games and
travelling all those kilometres to find that while you may have won more
games than another team you are not in the final because of your geographic
Sheesh! Who thought this up. Doesn't make for large crowds or television
audiences not to have the best playing in the finals. And if teams are
losers but still in the final that will not make them competitive or for
tense close games.
If they want different hemispheres in the finals for global marketing then
each has to run its own comp and the top teams in the finals from there. If
they wish to find the best world club then the best teams need to be in the
finals not an equal division from each group.
Maybe they need to look at a points system similiar to Rugby S12. 4=win and
bonus points for 4+ tries, or being within 7 points of opposition. At least
then teams will keep fighting and playing until the final whistle.
This year in S12 8 teams still had a chance of making the finals with two
rounds to play and 6 in the final round. Interest was high in all areas
until the final round.
The best thing about failing is that it makes nobody jealous.