...don't I like rugby union?
As some may know, I love my league. I really do. It was my first love really - brought up on it from the moment I was born, and rejected my parents' encouragement to follow the Eels by becoming a Wests supporter at the tender age of 3. Since then I've found cricket as well, but league will always hold a big part in my sport-following life - I'm the leading poster on rleague.com forums, for example, and didn't miss a first grade game between 1997 (when games were first shown on Pay TV) and 2006 (missed a few this year though, shame on me).
Theoretically, someone with such a love of rugby league should like rugby union as well. But I don't. And I'm not playing the code wars card here, or being a typical league follower slagging off union, because over the last few years, I've really tried. I figured that, if nothing else, taking a bigger interest in union would give me a great understanding of some aspects of league, and even possible tactics in it, as well as allowing me to see some of the fantastic rugby players that play union. I've tried at various times over the last three or four years, but I just can't get into it. It's pretty similar to league on a basic level, so I should be at least somewhat entertained by it, but I'm really not. The rucks and mauls seem like a complete snore-fest from a spectator POV (although I can see how they'd be fun to play in if you liked the dirty work as a forward) and they usually result in penalties for things I can't understand. The backline movements aren't bad, but someone usually just kicks the ball on the end of it before a game of tennis ensues.
I obviously prefer league and I can see that, but I really don't understand why I don't like union at all, despite trying to do so and the games being fairly similar. One theory is that I don't truly like either form and that I simply follow league because I was brought up on it and hence understand the game and know the players - but I'd like to believe that isn't true.
I really would like to like union by the way, so any explanations as to why I don't enjoy it, or tips on how to do so would be greatly appreciated.