Outgoing Wellington Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd added his voice to criticism of Super Rugby's conference system as his side face a playoff showdown with Waikato Chiefs.
Boyd said he would prefer a round-robin system where all teams play each other once, rather than splitting the competition into New Zealand, South African and Australian conferences. Because conference winners are guaranteed the top three playoff spaces, the Hurricanes can finish no higher than fourth, even though they have more points than the New South Wales Waratahs and Golden Lions.
It means the Hurricanes and Chiefs, who meet in the final round of the regular season today, are set to finish fourth and fifth, putting them on a collision course in the quarter-finals next week. Based purely on points, the Hurricanes would have finished second and faced a potentially easier knockout opponent.