@Snowy said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Cancelled) (Pool :
@Disgusted-of-TW Agree with what you are saying but they probably shouldn't have had the "draw" rule for the pool matches in the first place. This was reasonably predictable in Japan at this time of year.
Some sort of postponement / movement / flexibility would have been better. Disruptive for the teams, but not as much as just being knocked out without playing.
Even Hong Kong is only a few hours flight away. So Kon Po is probably empty and a double header AB v Italy and Eng v Fra would probably sell quite a few tickets. A stretch I know, and disruptive for the teams but maybe they would have preferred that than the - nah just cancel it approach. Got to be unaffected stadia in Japan too.
Yes, maybe they could have allowed for flex in the polls too. Then again, all teams knew the rules coming in, and I don't recall anyone crying unfair at that stage, just lots of que sera sera stoicism. I wonder whether some teams might even have thought that it could work in their favour as a leveller, a draw being a better outcome for a relative minnow on balance than the likely stuffing they might otherwise receive at the hands of e.g. NZ.
(And yes, undoubtedly I find it easier to be sanguine about it because England is in QF already - I'd be sweating and bitching if I was a Scot)