> The Ranfurly Shield has long been one of the great strengths and
> continued success against the odds for the last century, mainly because
> it provides matches of huge intensity that are a proving ground for
> future test players. With S12 now providing the big matches to breed
> players there have been mutterings about the relevency of the Shield to
> NZ rugby, but I was interested in whether a shield match has more
> intensity than a S12 game, has anyone heard any comments from players or
> such about which they think to be harder? (Either way I would say the
> shield is still extremely important to NZ rugby)
> woops, thats supposed to read 'strengths and reasons for the continued
> success of the All Blacks'
>> woops, thats supposed to read 'strengths and reasons for the continued
>> success of the All Blacks'
>I know from Waikato's point of view the RS is more important than the
>NPC itself (John Boe seems to hold this view, as do a large number of
>the more dedicated supporters). Certainly Waikato tend to lift
>themselves for Sheild matches (particularly challenges against
>Auckland). Thus S12 is about the least important rugby of the season. Of
>course, the S12 is considered a bit of joke in the Waikato (largely due
>to the composition of the Chiefs, I guess) - basically just a warm up
>for the serious rugby.
I don't want to see a NZ tradition reduced in status from the S12, which
is the way things seem to be going. The NPC is the premiere NZ only
competition, and receives intense support from provincial NZ, who retain
some of their own identity instead of getting swallowed by franchise type
team based in the major centres.
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Perhaps if they had concentrated on the sheild, they may
have won it, and the NPC points would be a bonus, given
that they are in the semis anyway?
Who knows, its all speculation.
Adam P. R. Taylor
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Canterbury
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> Based in press reports, Canterbury treated the sheild
> challenge at the weekend as an excercise to get 5 points,
> and therefore the home semi and finial.
> The sheild would have been a bonus.
> Perhaps if they had concentrated on the sheild, they may
> have won it, and the NPC points would be a bonus, given
> that they are in the semis anyway?
> Who knows, its all speculation.
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