Play-offs could be expanded

Sharks coach Dick Muir is the latest coach to back the expansion of the Super 14 semis.

It has been reported that SANZAR officials have been considering the move due to the logjam for semi-final places – and Muir has agreed with this sentiment – even though his team confirmed their play-off place on the last weekend.

“I think this competition is crying out for a quarter-final round,” Muir told The Witness.

“After 13 rounds of competition it is tough to cut it back to four teams. I would love to see the play-offs expanded to involve more teams.”

“We had to pick up five points in each or else we were gone,” said Muir, talking about his team’s final two fixtures against the Cheetahs and Chiefs.

Blues coach David Nucifora said that he would also like to see the number of teams increased after his team finished in sixth spot.

“Four teams out of a 14-team competition is tough. It comes down to this every year, and probably a six-team finals play-off would be a better scenario,” Nucifora told rugbyheaven.com.au.