United Rugby Championship: Ospreys boss Toby Booth questions the competition’s integrity over final round structure

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Ospreys coach Toby Booth has questioned the integrity of the United Rugby Championship over the structure of the final round matches.

The battle for the winner of the Welsh shield is heating up, with both Ospreys and Scarlets able to finish top and claim a spot in next year’s Champions Cup.

All to play for

Ospreys need a bonus-point win against Jake White’s Bulls to guarantee top spot in the shield and play their game on May 19. However, if the Swansea side fail in their quest, the Scarlets face the Stormers a day later knowing what is required to finish above their Welsh rivals in the URC.

Booth disagrees with the staggered structure of the final round and believes all games being played simultaneously would remove any competitive advantage.

“I can’t understand why it is not (all games played at the same time),” Booth told reporters. “For the integrity of the competition, surely it has to be at the same time, especially when there is something tangible on it.

“I have come from the Premiership in England where all games finish at the same time (on the last day).

“I appreciate things like television picks. But even now, if there are meaningful games with big repercussions, there has to be that integrity of competition, despite the TV picks. There are enough quality games so we can fill the schedule. We will be asking the question for sure.”

Booth is convinced the structure will hand his rivals an advantage and as a result violates the integrity of the URC.

“That is potentially a competitive advantage and can adjust how you approach a game. So for me that diminishes the integrity of the competition,” he added

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