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18. Times of some games is an issue. Playing rugby for local side at 2.30 means rushing sometimes to get to the Liberty (depending where we play). Starting games at 7.30 would help imo. Prices arent great either. Season tickets at Ospreys were dead cheap last year but still 28 quid a game.....to see Zebre, really?
19. TJs just dont seem to like making clear decisions. At Scrums on the refs blindside they never give clear infringments!
I just watched the highlights of the match - cant afford expensive Sky sports. However my gripe is with one of the TJ's for this match. 1st Nyaga scored in teh corner about 1.5m inside the touchline but it was referred to the Video ref, then the same for Clerc's try. This is plain rediculous wasting time like that, if the TJ cannot see clear tries being scored of what use it he?
What's missing is simple bums on seats at the regions. Fix the attendance problem and the financial problem goes away (not only do you get larger gate receipts, you also attract more sponsors). I have no idea why we can't get people into the stadiums but it seems to me that whatever the marketing and commercial gurus are doing isn't working.
It's all well and good to roll out the old story that "the demise of the Warriors has destroyed Welsh rugby blah blah blah" but I don't see how it's relevant. We all seem to agree that the young talent in Wales is as good as ever. It's the financial means which are missing. The fate of the Warriors has had no effect on the financial success of the Ospreys (no adverse effect anyway).
@10 The 'Big' four Cardiff, Llanelli, Swansea, Newport only wanted 4 pro teams in the country. When they bought out the Warriors they got their wish. They all picked off the best players from the Valleys and have had a share of the biggest pot of money the WRU has ever given out to the professional game in Wales. 10 years on and none of the 4 teams can get their marketing or indeed houses in order
Apart from last 15 mins of first when Toulose fell asleep the Ospreys were rubbish. Score line credited there defensive skills. It was poor rugby to watch. Welsh rugby needs to fix player exodus problem fast as the list is getting bigger. Who is going to pay to watch local boys getting beaten up at home games?
It's all very well identifying and using young talent, but if the situation at the upper levels is not sorted out then they will leave in their turn for pastures new. The next year (including the Lions tour) is going to be very bleak for Welsh rugby unless something is done quickly. I am reminded of a regular comment from an old miner colleague to answer any problem - sack the fxxxxing management!
At present there is no way any Welsh region can compete in Europe.We have to use young players and hope they improve so that in a few years we will be able to compete.This is one of the stated aims of the new WRU/Regions board and provided they pull together instead of sniping at each other then we have enough talent in Wales to achieve this aim.
I didn't get to watch the game but this is a very young Ospreys team developing young Welsh talent! this exodus of Welsh stars i think should be the carrot on the stick to develop our young boys to the best they can be and from what i've seen the likes of Henson, Hook, Shane Williams and Byrne Have been replaced with some future stars, Morgan, Dirkson, Beck and others that will be great soon!!
10-- the regions brought in the salary cap, not the WRU. maybe the welsh teams would have enough money if they were regions and not superclubs that most of the population dislike. instead, they prefer to moan and bleat to the WRU like benefit scroungers looking for a handout.
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