As any woman will tell you, one of the biggest social nightmares is when you dress up for a special event, only to find someone else wearing the same outfit. Especially when that someone else happens to be a rival.
Well there has been a fair bit of this going on in this season’s ITM Cup, and there has been a conspicuous lack of effort going in to avoiding it.
Take yesterday’s Hawkes Bay v North Harbour match for example. Settle down for a bit of afternoon rugby, and what did we get? An almost identical mish-mash of black & whiteness across our games, rendering the match almost unwatchable.
Look; a try. But who’s scored it, and is there anyone tackling a teammate?
Hard to tell.
So let’s look at it from the other angle…
You can’t brush this off as being a financially driven decision. Both Manawatu and Otago have worn specially commissioned jerseys this season, and they are hardly overly flush.
It doesn’t end there, let’s look at some Counties – Manakau v North Harbour confusion.
Then, adding multi-colour there was the Bay of Plenty v Taranaki. At least they had the decency to wear contrasting shirts, but that is pretty tough on the eyes.
A plea to the NZRU and its provinces. The NPC has been marginalised enough over recent years; squeezed into a corner by an increasingly bloated Super Rugby competition. So, for the sake of the long-suffering fans, please ensure the teams are distinguishable in the future. It really shouldn’t be that hard.