Sharpe calls for expanded Super 14 finals


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Western Force captain Nathan Sharpe has called for an expanded finals format for the Super 14 rugby union competition.

Under the current system, only the top four teams play in the finals of the rugby tournament but organisers are looking at ways to expand the format.

Sharpe said he would prefer to see the top six teams contest the finals.

“A team might miss out by one or two points or three points or whatever it is, and regard that season as not as successful as what they would have liked,” he said on ABC News.

“But if you open it up to a six-team format, there’s certainly more intensity required to take the championship.”

Sharpe says teams which are challenging for the top four deserve a greater reward.

“When you come down to the last round, and I’m not too sure how many teams are still capable of making the finals, you’d probably like to see a bit more reward for teams that are close to the top,” he said.


The Force are currently sitting in ninth place and the best finish they can hope for this year is seventh place.

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