Super Rugby 2018

The Super Rugby is a top professional Rugby Union football tournament played between 15 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.

There were two Super Rugby seasons with 18 teams, but for the 2018 Super Rugby tournament the competition goes back to 15 teams.

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.

Super Rugby Betting is hugely popular with markets open across the season on all the matches as well 16as futures Rugby Union odds on the Super Rugby Grand Final Winner.

Since 2016 there has been four Super Rugby conferences including two for Africa. That changed in 2018 with the 15 Super Rugby Clubs competing in three conferences:

  • Australian Conference (4 Australian teams plus the Japanese Sunwolves)
  • New Zealand Conference (5 New Zealand teams)
  • South African Conference (4 South African Teams plus the Jaguares from Argentina)

The Super Rugby finals are now played out between the best team in each of the three conferences, plus the next best five clubs (wildcards) from across all conferences.

Super Rugby Betting: Round 10 Preview

The 2018 Super Rugby Season moves into Round 10 meaning the half-way point is behind us. The action kicks off on Friday night across the Tasman with a Blues vs Highlanders clash at Eden Park, the home side big underdogs having lost to the Highlanders earlier this season.

The South African Conference has already been clinched by the Lions and they travel down under in the other Friday night matchup taking on the Australian Conference leaders the Waratahs in a blockbuster clash. The home squad are chasing their fifth win on the trot and are favourites at Allianz Stadium, the Waratahs also boasting a five-from-five record of late against the in-form Lions.

The longest Super Rugby odds of the weekend are on offer for the Sunwolves ($41) who remain winless after seven games in 2018 and punters cannont back their rivals the Crusaders who are $1 to win and $1.91 to cover the blowout line of -39.5. At Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night the Reds are at $5 to beat the Chiefs who have won their last three against the Brisbane outfit, before the Rebels travel to take on the Bulls as big underdogs after a surprise loss to the Jaguares at home last weekend.

It is a closer all-South African matchup between the Sharks and Stormers, one of which will end a losing streak with a maiden win in three games played, before Canberra fans get to watch the Brumbies in action on Sunday afternoon in their intriguing clash with the Jaguares.

  • Round: 10
  • Starts: Friday April 20, 2018  (AUS time)
  • Ends: Sunday April 22, 2018 (AUS time)
  • No. of Games: 7
  • Round Highlight: Waratahs vs Lions  – BET NOW
  • Round Tip: Jaguares to beat the Brumbies @ $2.60 – BET NOW

WEEKLY SUPER RUGBY 2018 ODDS






2018 SUPER RUGBY SEASON

The 2018 Super Rugby Season is the 23rd edition of the professional Union tournament. After two seasons with an expanded 18-club competition, for 2018 the number of Super Rugby teams in the tournament is back down to 15.

Both the Cheetahs and Kings from the South African Rugby Union have been dropped, while the Perth-based Force are out from the Australian Rugby Union.

The countries represented in the Super Rugby 2018 are: Australia (4), Japan (1) who are part of the Australian Conference, New Zealand (5), South Africa (4) and Argentina (1) who are part of the South African Conference.

  • Super Rugby 2018 Regular Season: February 17 – 14 July, 2018
  • Super Rugby 2018 Finals: July 21 – 28, 2018
  • Super Rugby 2018 Grand Final: Saturday August 4, 2018

The Crusaders are the reigning Super Rugby champions defending their title after scoring their eighth championship success in 2017. The Christchurch-based outfit from New Zealand are also early favourites in Super Rugby 2018 betting alongside the Hurricanes who won the previous Super Rugby Grand Final (2016) following success in both the regular Super Rugby season premiership and NZ Conference that season.

2018 SUPER RUGBY STANDINGS

Across the Super Rugby 2018 season the standings lists the position of all 15 teams and tracks their progress towards the Super Rugby finals. Super Rugby Clubs are ranked based on the number of season wins and losses, with their competition points also listed.

Overall 2018 Super Rugby Standings

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Hurricanes (NZ) 7 6 0 1 224 130 +94 30 14 2 1 27
2 Lions (ZA) 8 5 0 3 292 251 +41 43 32 3 2 25
3 Waratahs (AUS) 7 5 1 1 248 178 +70 30 22 2 0 24
4 Crusaders (NZ) 7 5 0 2 213 141 +72 32 18 4 0 24
5 Chiefs (NZ) 7 5 0 2 213 170 +43 27 23 1 0 21
6 Rebels (AUS) 7 4 0 3 229 186 +43 32 25 4 1 21
7 Highlanders (NZ) 6 4 0 2 176 139 +37 24 17 2 1 19
8 Bulls (ZA) 7 3 0 4 185 195 -10 26 27 1 1 14
9 Brumbies (AUS) 7 3 0 4 155 181 -26 21 20 1 1 14
10 Sharks (ZA) 8 2 1 5 234 260 -26 28 34 1 3 14
11 Stormers (ZA) 8 3 0 5 214 256 -42 26 37 0 1 13
12 Reds (AUS) 7 3 0 4 131 183 -52 13 26 0 1 13
13 Jaguares (ARG) 8 3 0 5 189 252 -63 23 35 0 0 12
14 Blues (NZ) 7 2 0 5 196 234 -38 26 27 1 3 12
15 Sunwolves (JPN) 7 0 0 7 151 294 -143 20 44 0 2 2

Australian Conference Standings

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Waratahs (AUS) 7 5 1 1 248 178 +70 30 22 2 0 24
2 Rebels (AUS) 7 4 0 3 229 186 +43 32 25 4 1 21
3 Brumbies (AUS) 7 3 0 4 155 181 -26 21 20 1 1 14
4 Reds (AUS) 7 3 0 4 131 183 -52 13 26 0 1 13
5 Sunwolves (JPN) 7 0 0 7 151 294 -143 20 44 0 2 2

New Zealand Conference Standings

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Hurricanes (NZ) 7 6 0 1 224 130 +94 30 14 2 1 27
2 Crusaders (NZ) 7 5 0 2 213 141 +72 32 18 4 0 24
3 Chiefs (NZ) 7 5 0 2 213 170 +43 27 23 1 0 21
4 Highlanders (NZ) 6 4 0 2 176 139 +37 24 17 2 1 19
5 Blues (NZ) 7 2 0 5 196 234 -38 26 27 1 3 12

South African Conference Standings

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Lions (ZA) 8 5 0 3 292 251 +41 43 32 3 2 25
2 Bulls (ZA) 7 3 0 4 185 195 -10 26 27 1 1 14
3 Sharks (ZA) 8 2 1 5 234 260 -26 28 34 1 3 14
4 Stormers (ZA) 8 3 0 5 214 256 -42 26 37 0 1 13
5 Jaguares (ARG) 8 3 0 5 189 252 -63 23 35 0 0 12

*2018 Super Rugby Standings Correct at end of Round 9

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 three Super Rugby Conferences from Australia, New Zealand and Africa. New Zealand has the most Super Rugby Clubs in the competition with five, followed by Australia with four. The Australian Conference also consists of the Japanese Sunwolves from Tokyo who are yet to win a Super Rugby title. The South African conference 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)
Reds Brisbane, QLD Suncorp Stadium (52,500) 1996 (Super 12)
Rebels Melbourne, VIC AAMI Park (30,050) 2011
Sunwolves Tokyo, Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (27,188) 2016
Waratahs Sydney, NSW Allianz Stadium (45,500) 1996 (Super 12)

NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE

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

SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCE

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Bulls Pretoria, Gauteng Loftus Versfeld (51,762) 1996 (Super 12)
Jaguares Buneos Aires Estadio José Amalfitani (49,540) 2016)
Lions Johannesburg, Gauteng Emirates Airline Park (62,567) 1996 (Super 12)
Sharks Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Kings Park (52,000) 1996 (Super 12)
Stormers Cape Town, Western Cape Newlands Stadium (51,900) 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 eight Super Rugby Grand Final wins in that time is the Crusaders from the South Island of New Zealand whose last championship title was in 2017.

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.

  • 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 Crusaders (NZ) 25 – 17 Lions (ZA)