Should we cull the Currie Cup playoffs?

Tank Lanning and Zelim Nel of All Out Rugby, debate whether, with a congested rugby calendar and waning interest in the Currie Cup, it’s time to dump the playoffs and hand the trophy to the league winners …

Tank Lanning – Yes

After 12 rounds of the 2017 edition of the Currie Cup, all we have done is eliminate the bottom 3 sides! Over three months of rugby to work out that the Griquas, Pumas and Pro14 leftovers are Currie Cup clip ons!

This in an era when its palpably obvious that too much rugby – and ordinary watered down rugby at that – is being dished up to an audience getting wiser in how it utilises their entertainment Rand. It’s no wonder the SuperSport crew forgot to pitch at one of the games, and that their crew outnumbered the actual crowd at most games.

The once great Currie Cup is now a tournament fraught with all sorts of issues, with the playoffs just being another.

Both semi-finals this weekend look mouth-watering, but is it really fair to ask the Sharks – 10 log points clear of second placed Western Province after the league games and quite clearly the best side on show – to now switch into play off mode in order to take home the trophy?

More pertinently, do the Bulls – who have won only five games this year for an abysmal win rate of just 42% – really deserve to be in contention for the trophy? Are we not just rewarding mediocrity?

The fact that the non-contracted Boks now join the tournament, while fantastic for the fans, further taints the playoffs as teams are not affected equally.

Semi-finals and finals are fun, and draw big gates, but as seen last weekend when 6 sides were scrambling for 3 semi-final spots, the finishing weekends to a log points based champion can be just as exciting.

A log points based tournament rewards the best side over the course of a season, and makes every single game count.

CLICK HERE to see what Zelim had to say.