Debate Rages Around Record Rugby Union Win

By Robert Haile

The match between winless Kirkby Lonsdale and title chasing Blackburn was always going to be a difficult game but the result has left a bitter taste in some rugby fans mouths.

Both sides play in Regional 1 North West while Kirkby Lonsdale are in a rebuilding phase with the club losing all of their 19 matches so far conceding 1423 points and are bottom of the table.

Blackburn are at the opposite end and were league leaders until they were passed by Lymm who have a better points difference after playing a game more.

The 190-0 win for Blackburn on Saturday February 25 was four points short of the 194-0 win for Danish side Comet against Lindo in 1973, sets a new British record beating Norwich’s Norfolk Cup victory of 177-3 over Eccles in 1996.

After the match Kirkby Lonsdale and Blackburn both took to Facebook with Kirkby Lonsdale saying: “No matter the score today, and well done Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club – BRUFC, we are proud of all those lads that pulled on a Kirkby shirt today. As a club and as a team we have brighter days in front of us, thank you to everyone involved in our club, and we will go again next week.”

Blackburn responded to the post with: “Right to be proud, they never gave up and heard teams losing by a smaller amount, complain and whinge more than your young lads!
After our loss last week, we needed a big win, so not the best time to play us.
All the best for the rest of the season.”

The comments are then positive, supporting and commiserating.

On Twitter things were not as supportive with some saying “That Blackburn score is not good for rugby.” or “Who wins when a score is so high. What a joke.

Others questioned the rules of the game asking “Surely there is a point in the game where it gets called

Is there an answer to this question, should there be a call off point in matches?