New Warringah coach fuming about “unfair” Shute Shield draw

New Warringah coach Darren Coleman is fuming following the release of what he considers to be an “uneven and unfair” 2017 Shute Shield draw. The NSW Country Eagles NRC coach and former Eastern Suburbs mentor told Rugby News the current draw doesn’t give all sides an equal opportunity to qualify for the playoffs and has suggested the Sydney Rugby Union base the draw on the previous seasons results. In an 18 round regular season, all 12 Shute Shield sides play each other once before the mid year bye in June, and then play seven return fixtures ahead of a six team finals series. Because all teams don’t play each other twice, Coleman believes some sides have a significant advantage over others. “If 18 rounds is the magical number that we’re come up with, regardless of when we start or finish the season, there is always going to be seven return fixtures, making it impossible to be perfectly even, but out of the seven teams you play twice, you’ve got to have a more even spr
Already a subscriber? Log in here.

Continue reading this story for free

Create a free account to continue reading and get more of Rugby News' top stories directly to your inbox.

Or, subscribe for unlimited access

error: Content is protected !!