Super Rugby

The Super Rugby is a top professional Rugby Union football tournament played between 18 teams from the Southern Hemisphere and Japan. The current format was founded in 1995 with the inaugural season taking place in 1996. It is now a five-nation Rugby Union tournament with teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Argentina.

The Super Rugby competition originated as the Super 6 tournament consisting of just the six clubs from New Zealand (three), Australia (two) and Fiji (one). That inaugural comp never reached the current heights or popularity of the current Super Rugby Championship. The tournament format has undergone a number of notable changes mainly to the number of Rugby Union clubs competing in the event. It has been known as the Super 6 (1992), Super 10 (1993-95), Super 12 (1995-2005), Super 14 (2006-10) and finally simply ‘Super Rugby’ from 2011.

Since 2016 there has been four Super Rugby conferences including two for Africa. The Super Rugby finals are played between eight teams – the four conference winners and four wild card teams made up of three from Australasia and one from South Africa.

Super Rugby Betting is hugely popular with markets open across the season on all the matches as well as futures Rugby Union odds on the Super Rugby Grand Final Winner.

2017 SUPER RUGBY SEASON

The 2017 Super Rugby Season is the 22nd edition of the professional Union tournament and the second played since the number of Super Rugby clubs rose from 15 to 18 in 2016.

  • Super Rugby 2017 Regular Season: February 23 – July 15, 2017
  • Super Rugby 2017 Finals: 21 July – 29 July, 2017
  • Super Rugby 2017 Grand Final: August 5, 2017

The Hurricanes are the reigning Super Rugby champions defending their title after posting their first Grand Final win in 2016. Last season the Wellington-based Hurricanes secured the regular Super Rugby season premiership, NZ Conference winners title as well as the overall championship win. They are one of the early favourites in 2017 Super Rugby Grand Final Winner betting markets along with the Chiefs, who went back-to-back in 2012-13, and Crusaders, chasing their first victory since the 2008 season and eighth overall, also from New Zealand who have dominated the competition to date.

Super Rugby Betting: Round 14 Preview

Round 14 of the Super Rugby season is the last full week before international fixtures and the midseason break and things get underway with the Chiefs starting favourites against the Blues at Eden Park on Friday night. The Reds are fresh off a bye hosting the Force who come off a 6 – 55 thrashing at the hands of the Highlanders making this a crucial clash for both sides. The Force came away victorious when these two did battle in Perth earlier in the year, but after defeating the Rebels in the week before the rest the Reds are the ones to beat at Suncorp Stadium in the other Friday night Super Rugby fixture. The Sunwolves have just the one win on the board for the season to date, but get a chance against the Cheetahs on Saturday, while the odds are short on the Highlanders to continue their winning ways with a ninth win on the trot hosting the Waratahs. New Zealand conference leaders the Crusaders take on the Rebels at AAMI Park and are deserving favourites for the clash, while the Rebels are at $12 for the win after losing four straight against the Waratahs last weekend. The Bulls host the Hurricanes in South Africa, their rivals very profitable as away favourites in 2017. Little separates the Sharks and Stormers in the early hours of Sunday morning, before two out of form teams face off in the Jaguares v Brumbies clash. The round concludes with the Lions v Kings, the former very short favourites to make it 10 straight as home favourites.

  • Round: 13
  • Starts: Friday May 26, 2017
  • Ends: Sunday May 28, 2017
  • No. of Games: 9
  • Round Highlight: Sharks vs Stormers – BET NOW
  • Round Tip: Crusaders to beat the Rebels – BET NOW

2017 SUPER RUGBY STANDINGS

Across the Super Rugby 2017 season the standings lists the position of all 18 teams and tracks their progress towards the Super Rugby finals. The Super Rugby table is divided between the Australasian Group for the New Zealand and Kiwi teams, and the South African Group. Super Rugby Clubs are ranked based on number of season wins and losses, with their competition points also listed.

Australasian Group Super Rugby Standings

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Crusaders (NZ) 12 12 0 0 456 231 +225 62 23 6 0 54
2 Brumbies (AUS) 10 3 0 7 200 207 -7 25 25 1 6 19
3 Chiefs (NZ) 11 9 0 2 302 190 +105 38 19 6 0 43
4 Hurricanes (NZ) 11 9 0 2 483 201 +282 72 22 7 0 43
5 Highlanders (NZ) 12 9 0 3 382 238 +144 39 30 4 1 41
6 Blues (NZ) 11 6 0 5 332 268 +64 43 33 4 3 31
7 Reds (AUS) 11 3 0 8 233 350 −117 34 44 1 3 16
8 Waratahs (AUS) 10 3 0 7 249 329 −80 32 43 0 2 14
9 Force (AUS) 11 3 0 8 190 311 −121 21 33 0 1 13
10 Rebels (AUS) 10 1 1 8 140 383 −243 12 53 0 2 8

South African Group Super Rugby Standings

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Lions (ZA) 12 11 0 1 415 241 +174 56 24 7 0 51
2 Stormers (ZA) 12 8 0 4 377 354 +23 46 50 2 0 34
3 Sharks (ZA) 12 8 1 3 342 256 +86 31 29 1 3 38
4 Jaguares (AR) 11 5 0 6 287 260 +27 33 30 1 3 24
5 Kings (ZA) 11 4 0 7 299 335 -36 38 41 1 2 19
6 Bulls (ZA) 11 3 0 8 226 336 −110 25 43 0 3 15
7 Cheetahs (ZA) 12 2 0 10 293 484 −191 32 56 0 3 11
8 Sunwolves (JPN) 11 1 0 10 238 456 −218 27 58 0 3 7

*Super Rugby Standings Correct at end of Round 13, 2017

Super Rugby Standings Index: Pos: Position; P: Games Played, W: Games Won; D: Draw; L: Games Lost; PF: Points For; PA: Points Against; PD: Points Differential; TF: Tries For; TA: Tries Against; TB: Tries Bonuses; LB: Lost Bonuses; Pts: Total Competition Points

SUPER RUGBY CLUBS & CONFERENCES

There are currently four Super Rugby Conferences from Australia, New Zealand and Africa. Australia and New Zealand both have five Super Rugby Clubs in the competition. The first African conference has four teams including the Sunwolves from Tokyo, while the second African Super Rugby conference also has four teams including the Jaguares from Buenos Aires in Argentina.

AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Brumbies Canberra, ACT Canberra Stadium (25,011) 1996 (Super 12)
Force Perth, WA nib Stadium (20,500) 2006 (Super 14)
Reds Brisbane, QLD Suncorp Stadium (52,500) 1996 (Super 12)
Rebels Melbourne, VIC AAMI Park (30,050) 2011
Waratahs Sydney, NSW Allianz Stadium (45,500) 1996 (Super 12)

NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Blues Auckland, AUK Eden Park (50,000) 1996 (Super 12)
Chiefs Hamilton, WKO FMG Stadium Waikato (25,800) 1996 (Super 12)
Crusaders Christchurch, CAN AMI Stadium (18,600) 1996 (Super 12)
Highlanders Dunedin, OTA Forsyth Barr Stadium (30,748) 1996 (Super 12)
Hurricanes Wellington, WGN Westpac Stadium (34,500) 1996 (Super 12)

AFRICAN CONFERENCE 1

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Bulls South Africa Pretoria Loftus Versfeld (51,762) 1996 (Super 12)
Cheetahs South Africa Bloemfontein Free State Stadium (46,000) 2006 (Super 14)
Stormers South Africa Cape Town Newlands Stadium (51,900) 1996 (Super 12)
Sunwolves Japan Tokyo Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (27,188) 2016

AFRICAN CONFERENCE 2

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Jaguares Argentina Buenos Aires Estadio José Amalfitani (49,540) 2016
Kings South Africa Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (48,000) 2013
Lions South Africa Johannesburg Emirates Airline Park (62,567) 1996 (Super 12)
Sharks South Africa Durban Growthpoint Kings Park (52,000) 1996 (Super 12)

SUPER RUGBY GRAND FINAL RESULTS

Since 1996 there have been nine clubs to take out a Super Rugby Championship. The most successful Super Rugby club boasting an impressive seven Super Rugby Grand Final wins in that time is the Crusaders from the South Island of New Zealand whose last championship title was in 2008.

The other teams to take out multiple Super Rugby Championships are the: Blues (3), Bulls (3) Brumbies (2) and Chiefs (2). New Zealand Super Rugby clubs have dominated the Grand Final results enjoying 14 of the 21 season wins from 1996 – 2006.

  • Closest Super Rugby Grand Final Results: Crusaders (20) def. Brumbies (19) in 2000; Bulls (20) def. Sharks (19) in 2007; Waratahs (33) def. Crusaders (32) in 2014
  • Largest Super Rugby Grand Final Win: Bulls (61) def. Chiefs (17) in 2009
  • All African Super Rugby Grand Final: Bulls (25) def. Stormers (17) in 2010
Year Winner Score Runner-Up
1996 Blues (NZ) 45 – 21 Sharks (ZA)
1997 Blues (NZ) 23 – 7 Brumbies (AUS)
1998 Crusaders (NZ) 20 – 13 Blues (NZ)
1999 Crusaders (NZ) 24 – 19 Highlanders (NZ)
2000 Crusaders (NZ) 20 – 19 Brumbies (AUS)
2001 Brumbies (AUS) 36 – 6 Sharks (ZA)
2002 Crusaders (NZ) 31 – 13 Brumbies (AUS)
2003 Blues (NZ) 21 – 17 Crusaders (NZ)
2004 Brumbies (AUS) 42 – 38 Crusaders (NZ)
2005 Crusaders (NZ) 35 – 25 Waratahs (AUS)
2006 Crusaders (NZ) 19 – 12 Hurricanes (NZ)
2007 Bulls (ZA) 61 – 17 Chiefs (NZ)
2008 Crusaders (NZ) 20 – 12 Waratahs (AUS)
2009 Bulls (ZA) 61 – 17 Chiefs (NZ)
2010 Bulls (ZA) 25 – 17 Stormers (ZA)
2011 Reds (AUS) 18 – 13 Crusaders (NZ)
2012 Chiefs (NZ) 37 – 6 Sharks (ZA)
2013 Chiefs (NZ) 27 – 22 Brumbies (AUS)
2014 Waratahs (AUS) 33 – 32 Crusaders (NZ)
2015 Highlanders (NZ) 21 – 14 Hurricanes (NZ)
2016 Hurricanes (NZ) 20 – 3 Lions (ZA)
2017 TBD TBD TBD