By Lee Stace
THE NEW Zealand Rugby Union’s decision to cap scores in junior rugby games is political correctness gone mad.
I can remember in my playing days copping a couple of massive hidings (it comes with the territory when you play for a social team who plays for fun rather than results).
Sure, the car ride home was often a quiet one, but did a fifty-point thrashing make me want to do a Fred Allen and hurl my boots into the Indian Ocean in disgust?
No siree, Bob. If anything, it made me and my teammates train harder so we avoided such drubbings in the future (sadly we took a couple of more spankings along the way).
I can understand the NZRU’s reasoning behind it to a certain degree. Big scores do nothing for the team dishing them out or for the side on the receiving end.
However, while losing is anything but beer and skittles, it is a part of everyday life. Children need to learn that things don’t always pan out he we want them to.
Wrapping rugrats up in cotton wool and protecting them from disappointment only makes things worse when things do hit the skids.
Surely there is a better option, like reducing the value of a try and conversion to two and one point respectively?
What do you think? Is the NZRU's decision PC gone mad?
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