2018 Super Rugby season

2018 Super Rugby season
Countries Argentina (1 team)
Australia (4 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (4 teams)
Tournament format(s) Conference and knockout
Matches played 124
Tries scored 903 (7.28 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Bernard Foley, Waratahs (217)
Top try scorer(s) Ben Lam, Hurricanes and
Taqele Naiyaravoro, Waratahs (15)
Official website Official site
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The 2018 Super Rugby season is the 23rd season of Super Rugby, an annual rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR between teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. After two seasons in which 18 teams participated, the 2018 season reverted to a 15-team competition, consisting of three geographical conferences.

The South African Rugby Union announced that the Cheetahs and Southern Kings would be dropped for the 2018 season,[1] while the Australian Rugby Union, now known as Rugby Australia, announced the exclusion of the Force.[2]

Competition format[]

The 15 participating teams are divided into three geographical conferences: the Australian Conference (consisting of four Australian teams and the Japanese Sunwolves), the New Zealand Conference (consisting of five New Zealand teams), and the South African Conference (consisting of four South African teams and the Jaguares from Argentina).[3]

In the group stages, there are 18 rounds of matches, with each team playing 16 matches and having two rounds of byes, resulting in a total of 120 matches. Teams play eight inter-conference matches and eight cross-conference matches; they play all the other teams in their conference twice - once at home and once away - and play once against four of the teams in the other two conferences.

The top team in each of the three conferences qualify for the quarterfinals, as do the next five teams with the best records across the three conferences, known as wildcards. The conference winners and best wildcard team will host the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will progress to the semifinal, and the winners of the semifinals will advance to the final.[3]

Standings[]

The final standings for the 2018 Super Rugby season were:

2018 Super Rugby standings watch · · discuss
Overall standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 16 14 0 2 542 295 +247 77 39 7 0 63
2 South Africa Lions 16 9 0 7 519 435 +84 77 55 6 4 46
3 Australia Waratahs 16 9 1 6 557 445 +112 74 59 4 2 44
4 New Zealand Hurricanes 16 11 0 5 474 343 +131 66 43 5 2 51
5 New Zealand Chiefs 16 11 0 5 463 368 +95 60 48 3 2 49
6 New Zealand Highlanders 16 10 0 6 437 445 −8 59 57 3 1 44
7 Argentina Jaguares 16 9 0 7 409 418 −9 51 55 2 0 38
8 South Africa Sharks 16 7 1 8 437 442 −5 49 57 2 4 36
9 Australia Rebels 16 7 0 9 440 461 −21 57 60 5 3 36
10 Australia Brumbies 16 7 0 9 393 422 −29 56 52 2 4 34
11 South Africa Stormers 16 6 0 10 390 423 −33 46 56 0 5 29
12 South Africa Bulls 16 6 0 10 441 502 −61 59 66 2 3 29
13 Australia Reds 16 6 0 10 389 501 −112 49 66 1 3 28
14 New Zealand Blues 16 4 0 12 378 509 −131 50 66 2 4 22
15 Japan Sunwolves 16 3 0 13 404 664 −260 48 99 0 2 14
Australian Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Australia Waratahs 16 9 1 6 557 445 +112 74 59 4 2 44
2 Australia Rebels 16 7 0 9 440 461 −21 57 60 5 3 36
3 Australia Brumbies 16 7 0 9 393 422 −29 56 52 2 4 34
4 Australia Reds 16 6 0 10 389 501 −112 49 66 1 3 28
5 Japan Sunwolves 16 3 0 13 404 664 −260 48 99 0 2 14
New Zealand Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 16 14 0 2 542 295 +247 77 39 7 0 63
2 New Zealand Hurricanes 16 11 0 5 474 343 +131 66 43 5 2 51
3 New Zealand Chiefs 16 11 0 5 463 368 +95 60 48 3 2 49
4 New Zealand Highlanders 16 10 0 6 437 445 −8 59 57 3 1 44
5 New Zealand Blues 16 4 0 12 378 509 −131 50 66 2 4 22
South African Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Lions 16 9 0 7 519 435 +84 77 55 6 4 46
2 Argentina Jaguares 16 9 0 7 409 418 −9 51 55 2 0 38
3 South Africa Sharks 16 7 1 8 437 442 −5 49 57 2 4 36
4 South Africa Stormers 16 6 0 10 390 423 −33 46 56 0 5 29
5 South Africa Bulls 16 6 0 10 441 502 −61 59 66 2 3 29

Round-by-round[]

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets:

Team Progression – Australian Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 QF SF Final
Waratahs N/A 4
(7th)
6
(5th)
6
(8th)
10
(7th)
10
(9th)
14
(6th)
19
(6th)
24
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
25
(3rd)
26
(3rd)
31
(3rd)
31
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
39
(3rd)
44
(2nd)
44
(3rd)
Won
Rebels N/A 5
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
15
(1st)
15
(2nd)
20
(1st)
20
(1st)
20
(3rd)
21
(6th)
21
(7th)
21
(7th)
21
(10th)
25
(7th)
25
(9th)
30
(8th)
34
(8th)
35
(8th)
35
(8th)
36
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Brumbies N/A 4
(5th)
4
(8th)
4
(13th)
8
(11th)
8
(11th)
9
(11th)
14
(8th)
14
(9th)
15
(11th)
15
(13th)
15
(14th)
16
(14th)
16
(14th)
20
(12th)
25
(11th)
29
(10th)
30
(10th)
34
(10th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds N/A 0
(14th)
4
(11th)
8
(6th)
12
(4th)
13
(7th)
13
(8th)
13
(10th)
13
(12th)
13
(13th)
17
(12th)
17
(12th)
17
(12th)
18
(12th)
19
(13th)
19
(13th)
19
(14th)
23
(13th)
28
(13th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sunwolves N/A 1
(12th)
1
(14th)
1
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
6
(15th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
14
(15th)
14
(15th)
14
(15th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – New Zealand Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 QF SF Final
Crusaders N/A 5
(3rd)
10
(3rd)
10
(4th)
10
(6th)
15
(3rd)
19
(4th)
24
(2nd)
24
(4th)
29
(2nd)
33
(1st)
38
(1st)
42
(1st)
46
(1st)
50
(1st)
54
(1st)
54
(1st)
58
(1st)
63
(1st)
Won
Hurricanes N/A 1
(9th)
6
(4th)
10
(3rd)
10
(5th)
14
(4th)
19
(3rd)
23
(4th)
27
(1st)
27
(4th)
32
(4th)
36
(4th)
41
(4th)
45
(4th)
45
(4th)
45
(4th)
45
(4th)
50
(4th)
51
(4th)
Won
Chiefs N/A 0
(13th)
4
(10th)
4
(12th)
8
(10th)
13
(5th)
17
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(5th)
26
(5th)
26
(6th)
27
(6th)
31
(6th)
32
(5th)
37
(5th)
37
(6th)
41
(5th)
45
(5th)
49
(5th)
Lost N/A N/A
Highlanders N/A 4
(6th)
4
(7th)
9
(5th)
13
(3rd)
13
(6th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
19
(7th)
24
(6th)
28
(5th)
28
(5th)
32
(5th)
32
(6th)
36
(6th)
40
(5th)
40
(6th)
40
(6th)
44
(6th)
Lost N/A N/A
Blues N/A 1
(10th)
2
(13th)
6
(9th)
6
(12th)
6
(13th)
6
(14th)
7
(14th)
12
(14th)
12
(14th)
13
(14th)
17
(13th)
17
(13th)
17
(13th)
17
(14th)
17
(14th)
22
(13th)
22
(14th)
22
(14th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – South African Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 QF SF Final
Lions 4
(4th)
9
(1st)
14
(1st)
15
(2nd)
19
(1st)
19
(2nd)
20
(2nd)
25
(1st)
25
(2nd)
30
(1st)
31
(2nd)
31
(2nd)
31
(2nd)
36
(2nd)
40
(2nd)
40
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
41
(3rd)
46
(2nd)
Won
Jaguares 0
(15th)
0
(15th)
0
(15th)
4
(14th)
4
(14th)
8
(12th)
8
(13th)
8
(13th)
12
(13th)
16
(10th)
20
(8th)
24
(7th)
24
(8th)
29
(7th)
34
(7th)
34
(7th)
38
(7th)
38
(7th)
38
(7th)
Lost N/A N/A
Sharks 1
(5th)
1
(11th)
3
(12th)
8
(7th)
9
(9th)
9
(10th)
13
(10th)
14
(9th)
14
(10th)
18
(9th)
18
(11th)
23
(8th)
24
(10th)
28
(8th)
28
(9th)
28
(9th)
32
(9th)
32
(9th)
36
(8th)
Lost N/A N/A
Stormers 4
(1st)
5
(4th)
5
(6th)
5
(11th)
9
(8th)
13
(8th)
13
(9th)
13
(11th)
13
(11th)
14
(12th)
18
(10th)
22
(9th)
23
(11th)
24
(11th)
25
(10th)
25
(10th)
25
(12th)
29
(11th)
29
(11th)
N/A N/A N/A
Bulls 0
(6th)
4
(8th)
4
(9th)
5
(10th)
5
(13th)
5
(14th)
9
(12th)
9
(12th)
14
(8th)
19
(8th)
20
(9th)
20
(11th)
24
(9th)
24
(10th)
24
(11th)
24
(12th)
25
(11th)
29
(12th)
29
(12th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

Matches[]

The fixtures for the 2018 Super Rugby competition were released on 21 September 2017.[5] The following matches were played during the regular season:

Home \ Away BLU BRU BUL CHI CRU HIG HUR JAG LIO REB RED SHA STO SUN WAR
Blues 21–27 24–32 16–34 15–36 13–20 10–20 39–16 40–63
Brumbies 8–21 24–12 20–25 24–27 45–21 24–17 41–31 17–24
Bulls 28–38 28–29 21–19 43–34 35–49 28–10 39–33 33–23
Chiefs 21–19 24–19 41–28 20–34 27–22 28–24 19–23 39–27
Crusaders 54–17 33–14 45–23 45–22 24–13 45–28 33–11 31–29
Highlanders 41–34 43–17 22–45 25–17 30–14 39–27 43–37 33–15
Hurricanes 42–24 25–13 29–19 29–12 28–19 38–34 38–37 43–15
Jaguares 54–24 14–40 9–34 49–35 7–18 29–13 25–14 38–28
Lions 35–38 42–24 38–12 8–14 47–27 26–19 52–31 40–38
Rebels 33–10 10–55 19–50 22–25 45–19 46–14 40–13 26–31
Reds 18–10 20–14 12–36 15–18 27–22 37–23 48–27 41–52
Sharks 10–40 28–24 38–12 20–10 31–24 24–17 50–22 24–24
Stormers 37–20 29–17 9–15 28–20 23–26 34–18 25–19 27–16
Sunwolves 10–24 25–32 42–37 10–61 17–37 63–28 26–23 29–50
Waratahs 21–24 31–40 41–12 0–29 51–27 37–16 34–27 77–25
Updated to match(es) played on 3 June 2018. Source: http://images.supersport.co.za/content/Vodacom%20Super%20Rugby%202018%20Draw.pdf
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Finals[]

Qualifiers[]

Semifinals[]

Final[]

Players[]

Squads[]

The following 2018 Super Rugby squads have been named:

Top scorers[]

The top ten try and point scorers during the 2018 Super Rugby season are:[10]

Referees[]

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2018 Super Rugby season:[11]

References[]

  1. ^ "Future SA Vodacom Super Rugby franchises confirmed". South African Rugby Union. 7 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Western Force culled from Super Rugby competition". Daily Telegraph. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Sanzaar confirm Super 15 tournament from 2018". SuperXV. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "About Super Rugby". SANZAAR. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "2018 Super Rugby Match Schedule Announced" (Press release). SANZAAR. 21 September 2017. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hurricanes 32-31 Chiefs". SANZAAR. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  7. ^ "Crusaders 40-10 Sharks". SANZAAR. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Waratahs 30-23 Highlanders". SANZAAR. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  9. ^ "Lions 40-23 Jaguares". SANZAAR. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  10. ^ "Super Rugby Stats". SANZAAR. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Super Rugby Referee Team 2018" (Press release). SANZAAR. 29 January 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 

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