The change will encourage teams to play offensive rugby.
South African news outlet, Sport 24, are reporting that SANZAR will announce changes to Super Rugby’s bonus point system on Thursday.
The proposal, which is deemed radical, will mirror the system employed in France, whereby bonus points are awarded when a team scores three tries more than their opponents. The change is designed to encourage teams play attractive rugby, and not take their foot off the pedal.
Currently if a team scores four tries they are guaranteed a bonus point, and as a result, often concede soft scores late in games.
However the change will see teams looking to secure a bonus point needing to score three more than their opponents. Thus, if the try count reads 4-2, the leading team will need to score a fifth if they are to secure maximum points.
The move comes on the back of changes to the protocols relating to the TMO announced yesterday and the introduction of a system whereby the referee’s microphone is broadcast throughout the stadium.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena