Why is Rugby so much better than Football in certain areas?

I’ve been watching the six nations over the weekend and wanted to post this then, but of course Tim Sherwood’s appointment and the Leicester game were far more important, hence it’s had to go on the back burner.

I’ll hold my hands up and say that I’m not a Rugby fan at all and don’t really watch it.
It just doesn’t grab me in the same way as football does, but the missus loves it, especially the England games, hence we have it on the telly and you can’t help having a glance when the crowd starts winding up and something’s happening.

But there are things that I think Rugby does way better than Football.

First off, is being able to hear the referee. This for me, is brilliant, as you get an explanation of what he’s thinking. Whether you agree with the explanation is another thing, but at least you get one.
That’d put a stop to any not understanding why a decision was made.

There’s also the plus point where you can hear how the players speak to the ref in response.
Perhaps we’ve got to the stage where footy players give refs total abuse and it’s accepted, hence putting a mike on is not a good idea?
I’m not sure, but whatever, it strikes me football referees don’t have the same authority as it seems Rugby referees do, where the decision is final and just not up for debate.
Any slight sign of dissent is met with a reprimand and then a sending off.
I’d love this in football.

Second is where the clock gets stopped when there’s an injury or whatever.
Why this doesn’t happen in Football, is just beyond me.
It cuts out time-wasting at a stroke, something I’m sure we’d all like to see.
Or is that just part of the drama, that is all part of the Premier league/Champions league design, that is there purely to help wind us up?

Finally, there’s the video replays.
I know the criticism here. It stops the flow of the game.
My response to that is “so what?”
The referee gets a second opinion, where things are viewed from multiple angles.
Surely this can only be good, as we get more accurate decisions?
Even with slow motion shots, thing can still be debatable in my opinion, so it’s not like we’d be sanitizing the game entirely.

I know we have goal line technology, but how often has it been used?
Not much, I’d suggest.

No, I think we have to accept that Football is way behind the times in these areas.



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  1. gerry
    gerry February 21, 2015 at 9:23 am . Reply

    Even I have gotten off my arse and traveled across the sea to watch this one (ok I was coming over anywhere) so no dodgy streaming and the real thing. Mind you I am still 150 miles away. We know these guys can play football and today there are no excuses with the real fans behind them. Good luck lads and UTV

  2. nath
    nath February 21, 2015 at 10:17 am . Reply

    can’t wait to see how the style changes made.philosophy of our new manager words into action. can our great players pull it off. if his spurs days all 6months are anything to go by. he’ll play 442 like all the fans on here wanted. i think they could play this against the bottom 8 but not the others. anyway looking forwards reading the players tweets about mcdonald return most are welcoming him back, seems like he’s well liked and respected.

    they better win as i splashed out on them to win 13/8 i got just for the win against a stoke side apparently depleted with injuries. and 2 hammering defeats one against a championship club

    3 nil to the villa

    GIDDYVILLAN February 21, 2015 at 10:24 am . Reply

    I thought with an upbeat feeling now on the site we’d have a stoke preview LADS. 😀

      GIDDYVILLAN February 21, 2015 at 10:26 am . Reply

      Soz lads just got the alert.

  4. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 February 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm . Reply

    Looks like 4 4 2. Surprised he’s gone for Richardson but probably prefers his forward runs and crossing ability over Sishoko’s defending

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath February 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm . Reply

      I’m amazed he’s picked gabby. Strange one that.

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