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    Posted: 06-Dec-2017 at 5:19am
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A new Power Play rule to be introduced to the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International and FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International in 2018.

Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield will introduce a new Power Play rule to the tournament in 2018 which will encourage coaches to employ exciting, attacking tactics while fostering a generation of dynamic and adjustable rugby players.

The team calling the Power Play may remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition for a period of three minutes of playing time. The Power Play can only be called by a team while in their own half, must be called by the captain, and can only be called once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the Power Play period, they are awarded an extra two points (seven points before the conversion).

The first priority of the Varsity Cup Board, when it comes to rule changes, will always be to encourage attacking rugby, which this rule will lend itself to. 

“Yellow and red cards are such integral aspects of rugby, yet players and coaches worldwide struggle to deal with the change in personnel,” said Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield.

“This innovative new rule will foster a generation of rugby players who will be able to defend with less teammates on the field and will know how to fully utilise a numerical advantage.” 

This Power Play rule will allow tactically strong coaches to employ robust new strategies. University of Western Cape (UWC) coach and 1995 Rugby World Cup winning winger Chester Williams believes the Power Play rule will bring an exciting new edge to the competition.

“The new rule will be good for players, coaches and, most of all, spectators going into next year’s competition, as it keeps the game fresh. Power Play will really keep the game fluid and allow for some innovative thinking from the coaches.

“It will be tactically and strategically challenging for all of the coaches, and will be interesting to see how other coaches react.”

Varsity Cup will kick off on the 29th of January when title-holders FNB University of Pretoria take on FNB University of Free State at Tuks Stadium. The Varsity Shield will begin on February 19th. Varsity Cup will conclude on Monday, 16 April 2018. 

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Kakste idee waarvan ek ooit gehoor het
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote valie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Dec-2017 at 7:54am
Dis hoekom ek nie juis Varsity cup rugby kyk nie. Hulle maak die game te ingewikkeld. Pleks hulle al daai effort insit om die game vanaf grassroot level reg te ontwikkel, en seker te maak kinders het die regte skills wanneer hulle op n rugbyveld kom.
Ons probleem was nog altyd 2 ledig:
1. Transformasie - dit kan nie op seniorvlak gedryf word nie. Rugby moet promote word en befonds word in areas waar dit nie tradisioneel gespeel word nie, asook landelike gebied waar die wel gespeel word. Dis die enigste manier hoe daar genoeg swart talent gaan deurkom, sodat ons die regte spelers op meriete kan kies.
2. Talent identifisering: In SA word n seun talentvol geag, as hy op 8 jarige ouderdom met beide voete kan skop. In NZ en AUS word n 8 jarige talentvol geag as hy die bal altweekante toe ewe ver kan uitgee, maw ons wil ons rugby vernuwe, terwyl ons steeds vasgevang sit in ons ou wee.
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Hulle kom met baie foefies (gimmicks) maar dis nog steeds goed om te kyk want daar is baie talent wat deurkom, baie van die spelers wat goed doen in die toernooi word dan daarna deur unies gekontrakteer en dis dan goed om te weet waar die ou vandaan kom
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LeeuBrul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Dec-2017 at 8:40am
Dis goeie rugby maar dit is nou n stupid idea....
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Varsity Cup is too gimmicky, however, this power play can help develop player skills in defending when you are a player short due to a card. Often there is a an injured player being attended to as well, so teams can be 2 or even 3 players down at times. Senior coaches will have to chat to their Varsity Cup counterparts to discuss how they countered the 2 man down scenario in the power play.
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What they don't say is if you are allowed to use the powerplay when the other team is on a yellow or red card...so say a team gets a yellow or red card and you use the power play against them, they will have to play with 12 men for 3 minutes
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That is interesting an interesting scenario. 
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