That was kind of my point really. Unless we get some fairly straightforward breakdown of the actual effect then the debate is purely subjective.
Fair point BSJ, what I was trying to get at, on balance as a fan of the game, does the current bonus point system's good points outweigh the bad points.
On the pro side, in some cases it can keep teams fighting for something up until the final whistle and it rewards teams' who run there opponents close even if they lose.
On the down side, if a team is losing by 14 points it pays them to take a shot at goal rather than trying to score a try, in the hope of gaining something from the game. If a team is winning by 12 it also pays them to take the safe option, going for goal or drop goal to deny the other team a bonus point. It also means, a team theoretically, could lose every game in a season and finish half way up the league, above a team who may have won several games over the season. I feel the team who has won more games over the season should finish higher in the league than an opponent who has won less.
Personally, I would prefer it if a bonus point was given to a team for every 5 tries they scored in a game. For example, if team a won the game scoring 10 tries, they would be awarded 2 bonus points (1 point for each of the 5 tries scored) plus the 2 points for winning the game. If the team that they had beaten, also scored 5 tries they would also get a bonus point regardless of how behind they were, rewarding them for there attacking prowess. This system would reward attacking play, therefore even a team getting beaten or winning easily for that matter, would have something to fight for and keep going to the end of the game, either by earning or denying extra bonus points.
I feel quite strongly against the system, for the reasons stated above. I think the negatives far outweigh the positives. However, my views are irrelevant really, if I am in the minority of fans; I guess I will have to learn to live with it. But, if most fans feel the way I do, I will try to get the system scrapped.
The purpose of this though, is simply to get a view of what other fans genuinely think about it.
Edited by Pride & Heritage, 26 February 2012 - 04:05 PM.