The Australian teams have come under fire for losing all 10 matches to the New Zealand franchises on the first two dates of the first edition of Trans-Tasman, jeopardizing the continuation of the competition, as it is today.
Against this backdrop, rugby experts in the Australian media today questioned whether fans could take weekly hits from New Zealand teams at every Trans-Tasman date, NewShub reported.
Five Australian teams and five New Zealanders are participating in the competition. In the regular stage, each team from Australia would play one from New Zealand, with two at home and two away matches, leaving the third deadline at one court.
On these first two dates, the Nezoelanders won ten matches against Australian teams (five games a day), a fact that underscores the level abyss between these two world powers.
NewShub added that while it is still far from a two-year streak of Australia’s 40-game defeats from Super Rugby through 2018, alarms are ringing about the long-term viability of the competition.
Australia’s strongest teams were humiliated, with the Confederation of African Rugby Champions Queensland losing a record 63-28 to New Zealand champion Aotearoa Crusaders, while the Brumbies performed slightly better in the match between two finalists losing 40-19 to Chiefs.
“We are all clearly very devastated by the score. We will not make any excuses, it was a very poor performance, which is a bad fact. We will grow from that,” said the Australian midfielder, opening Brumbles, while the Reds striker Angus Scott Young added.
The competition is a breakup from Super Rugby, which has been resolved with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, with Argentina franchise Jaguares (runners-up in 2019), Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers from South Africa (who will participate in a tournament) in the UK) and Sunwolves from Japan . (Telam)