Melbourne — The return of Western Force and a slew of rule changes to speed up play had raised hopes that Super Rugby AU might deliver entertainment for fans, but Australia’s domestic tournament has already been panned by critics after two rounds.

Following an error-strewn win over the Waratahs in week one, the Reds drew 18-18 with the Rebels at Sydney’s Brookvale Oval on Friday, a match roundly condemned by media pundits for its low standard of play. Even Fox Sports’ Greg Clark, who as a commentator for the rights-holding broadcaster has some interest in talking up the game, dismissed much of the clash as a “bore fest”...

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