Rugby: No plans to impose points limit

The Otago Rugby Football Union will not be following the lead of its Auckland counterpart and imposing scores on schoolboy games.

The Auckland union has controversially ruled the maximum scores in primary school games will be recorded as 35. So even if a team scores more than 100 points it will be recorded as scoring only 35 points.

That had lead to accusations of political correctness from some coaches and former players.

ORFU rugby development officer Warren Kearney said up until a couple of years ago, any big win was recorded as being a 40 point win.

But after consultation with clubs and the junior committee it was decided last year to publish the correct score, no matter how big.

The union had received no complaints using this system.

He said a recommendation had come from the New Zealand Rugby Union about only recording a top score of 40 points, but it was just a recommendation and not a hard and fast rule.

He said teams which did had big scores often changed players at halftime, or changed positions round.

Teams were encouraged to do that and most did, he said.

He said although there were teams which racked up victories of more than 100 points, he had heard of games being won in Auckland by 160 points.

Kearney said the union may look at the system at the end of the season but at the moment there appeared to be no drive to change the rules.

Competition points were only kept in the three grades: under-11, under-12 and under-13, and there was no points differential kept, as the position on the competition table was based on the number of wins.

He said it was just a fact of life there would always be big scores at schoolboy level, as some teams simply had more talented players than others.



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