Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed
Good suggestion in the Dom Post this morning. Take the teams that finish 3/4 in the group stages and let them have their own knock-out "Shield" competition. You've brought these smaller teams all the way over here, why not? Reckon you'd get a full house for a Shield final.
Would give the little teams a bit more to play for in the last couple of round robin games. 5th placed team goes home.
I quite like that idea. Even if you took just the teams that finished third in each pool and had them play off, it'd still raise some interest. Theres relatively large gaps between the knockout matches so you could schedule those matches in those gaps without any clashes.