The drop goal

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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12th July, 2011
Why is New Zealand rugby so sniffy about drop goals? Players and coaches give the impression they think drop goals are beneath them: rugby for robots. The public and the media are just as dismissive: those who try one can expect to be jeered by the crowd and derided by the commentators. It seems attempting a pot is acceptable only if you are Zinzan Brooke or there’s no serious intent, such as when a team has a penalty advantage and wants the penalty awarded. This gambit raises an obvious question: why take one method of securing three points ­seriously, but not the other? The drop ...

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