Super rugby cops it from all quarters at this time of year. It is labelled as boring, predictable, dollar-driven and the convoluted format aids those beating the drums.

It sparks the oval-ball banter and with the NRL well under way the annual debate about the ruling code is undoubtedly hashed out in pubs, lounges and smoko rooms.

League fans can sometimes slip into an anti-union, rather than a pro-league state of mind, although those drums maybe somewhat subdued with the Warriors' indifferent form this season. Not that defeat is the measure of success of the code as sport needs winners

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