Super Rugby AU opens with a whimper rather than a bang

first_imgThe return of Western Force and a slew of rule changes to speed up play had raised hopes that Super Rugby AU might deliver entertainment for fans but Australia’s domestic tournament has already been panned by critics after two rounds.Following an error-strewn win over the New South Wales Waratahs in week one, the Queensland Reds drew 18-18 with the Melbourne Rebels at Sydney’s Brookvale Oval on Friday, a match roundly condemned by media pundits for a low standard of play.Even Fox Sports’ Greg Clark, who as a commentator for the rights-holding broadcaster has some interest in talking up the game, dismissed much of the clash as a “borefest”. It was another match that fell short of the standards produced in New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa, which has seen fans flock to stadiums.Super Rugby AU’s opening round ratings on pay TV platform Foxtel underlined the challenge RA faces to negotiate a new rights deal after 2020, with the Queensland-NSW clash drawing barely a quarter of the viewers generated by Australian Rules and rugby league games on the same weekend.”We want television executives to be entertained … so there is a chance Super Rugby has a future,” The Australian’s Wally Mason wrote in an editorial.”Sadly, the snooze-fests being served up in Super Rugby AU at the moment are doing none of that.”Topics : It produced the first use of the new “Super time” rule, in which the first team to score in extra time wins, yet neither side grabbed the opportunity.”It was a case of no one wanting to lose,” Rebels playmaker Matt Toomua conceded.”If a draw is like kissing your sister, then a draw after extra time is like giving her a French kiss. It’s much worse.”The return of the Force on Saturday, three years after being axed from Super Rugby, was emotional for the fans but ultimately disappointing as they went down 23-14 to the Waratahs.last_img read more

Thieves Steal Christmas Lights from Alpena Home

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- It’s hard to believe that someone would steal Christmas lights only a few days before the big day but it happened.An LED Christmas Light Machine was stolen from the house on the corner of Blair and S 3rd Ave. The light projector was stolen sometime between the hours of 11:00pm and midnight on Tuesday. Matt Fitzpatrick was shocked when he went outside to discover his lights had been taken. Anyone with information or tips on the stolen lights is asked to contact the Alpena Police Department or email tips to [email protected] Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Lincoln Elementary Students Deliver Christmas Letters to SantaNext Boys and Girls Club Alpena Get ‘Silly’ With Stringlast_img read more