1996 Super 12 season

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1996 Super 12
Countries  Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions New Zealand Auckland Blues (1st title)
Matches played 69
Top point scorer(s) Australia Matthew Burke (157)
(NSW Waratahs)
Top try scorer(s) South Africa James Small (13)
(Natal Sharks)
(Next) 1997

The 1996 Super 12 season was the inaugural season of the Super 12, contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from February to May 1996, with each team playing all the others once. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams entered the playoff semi finals, with the first placed team playing the fourth and the second placed team playing the third. The winner of each semi final qualified for the final, which was contested between the Auckland Blues and Natal Sharks, with the Blues winning 45 – 21 to win the first Super 12 title.

This was the first season of professional rugby union in the Southern Hemisphere (the Northern Hemisphere had their first season a few months earlier due to the seasonal differences). The season was also the first of 10 under the deal between SANZAR and News Corporation which gave all broadcasting rights to News Limited for the Super 12, Tri-Nations, all inbound tours and test matches and in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as provincial competition matches. The deal was collectively worth $550,000,000 USD.[1]

The teams from Australia and New Zealand were regional teams, a system that has continued to this day. South Africa used a different system for determining its Super 12 teams. The top four sides from the previous season of the country's domestic competition, the Currie Cup, were granted berths in the Super 12. This system would continue through the 1998 competition; only in 1999 did South Africa adopt the same system used by the other two participating countries.

Table[edit]

     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Pos. Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Australia Queensland Reds 11 9 0 2 320 247 73 5 41
2 New Zealand Auckland Blues 11 8 0 3 408 354 54 9 41
3 South Africa Northern Transvaal 11 8 0 3 329 208 121 6 38
4 South Africa Natal Sharks 11 6 0 5 389 277 112 9 33
5 Australia ACT Brumbies 11 7 0 4 306 273 33 4 32
6 New Zealand Waikato Chiefs 11 6 0 5 291 269 22 4 28
7 Australia NSW Waratahs 11 5 0 6 312 290 22 8 28
8 New Zealand Otago Highlanders 11 5 0 6 329 391 −62 6 26
9 New Zealand Wellington Hurricanes 11 3 0 8 290 353 −63 5 17
10 South Africa Transvaal 11 3 0 8 228 299 −71 4 16
11 South Africa Western Province 11 3 1 7 251 353 −101 1 15
12 New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders 11 2 1 8 234 373 −139 2 13


Points breakdown:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
  • 1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

The play offs follow a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system with the highest placed team at home

Regular season[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Week 2[edit]

Week 3[edit]

Week 4[edit]

Week 5[edit]

Week 6[edit]

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Week 8[edit]

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Week 10[edit]

Week 11[edit]

Finals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]


Final[edit]

Auckland Blues
FB 15 Adrian Cashmore
RW 14 Joeli Vidiri
OC 13 Eroni Clarke
IC 12 Johnny Ngauamo
LW 11 Jonah Lomu
FH 10 Carlos Spencer
SH 9 Ofisa Tonu`u
N8 8 Zinzan Brooke (c)
OF 7 Andrew Blowers
BF 6 Michael Jones
RL 5 Charles Riechelmann
LL 4 Robin Brooke
TP 3 Olo Brown
HK 2 Sean Fitzpatrick
LP 1 Craig Dowd
Substitutes:
Bn 16 Lee Stensness
Bn 17 Cameron Rackham
Bn 18 Michael Scott
Bn 19 Jason Chandler
Bn 20 Kevin Nepia
Bn 21 Andrew Roose
Coach:
New Zealand Graham Henry
Natal Sharks
FB 15 André Joubert
RW 14 James Small
OC 13 Jeremy Thomson
IC 12 Dick Muir
LW 11 Cabous van der Westhuisen
FH 10 Henry Honiball
SH 9 Kevin Putt
N8 8 Gary Teichmann (c)
OF 7 Wickus van Heerden
BF 6 Wayne Fyvie
RL 5 Mark Andrews
LL 4 Steve Atherton
TP 3 Adrian Garvey
HK 2 John Allan
LP 1 Ollie le Roux
Substitutions:
Bn 16 Jozuzi Joubert
Bn 17 Roland de Marigny
Bn 18 Robert du Preez
Bn 19 Dieter Kriese
Bn 20 John Slade
Bn 21 Federico Mendez
Coach:
South Africa Ian McIntosh

Statistics[edit]

Top ten points scorers[edit]

Player Team Total Points per game Details
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Semis Final
Matthew Burke Australia NSW Waratahs 157 22 20 19 19 11 6 8 9 7 14 22 DNQ DNQ 5 try; 27 con; 26 pen
John Eales Australia Queensland Reds 155 2 16 22 7 20 16 15 10 16 11 10 10 DNQ 25 con; 33 pen
Jannie Kruger South Africa Northern Transvaal 139 15 2 39 8 0 0 6 20 15 18 10 6 DNQ 1 try; 16 con; 32 pen; 2 dg
Henry Honiball South Africa Natal Sharks 136 0 0 3 21 9 13 2 16 29 15 13 4 11 3 try; 23 con; 25 pen
Joel Stransky South Africa Western Province 120 DNP 17 10 9 15 7 11 21 20 10 0 DNQ DNQ 12 con; 34 pen
Gavin Lawless South Africa Transvaal 111 0 3 DNP 11 16 18 5 25 13 14 6 DNQ DNQ 4 try; 14 con; 21 pen
André Joubert South Africa Natal Sharks 101 18 2 30 0 0 15 5 2 5 5 0 14 5 11 try; 11 con; 8 pen
Jamie Cameron New Zealand Wellington Hurricanes 91 23 13 12 9 19 7 8 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNQ DNQ 14 con; 21 pen
Ian Foster New Zealand Waikato Chiefs 89 17 7 10 0 13 0 0 7 16 14 5 DNQ DNQ 1 try; 18 con; 14 pen; 2 dg
Matthew Cooper New Zealand Otago Highlanders 86 22 0 0 15 0 5 15 5 10 14 DNP DNQ DNQ 4 try; 12 con; 14 pen

Top ten try scorers[edit]

Player Team Total Tries per game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Semis Final
James Small South Africa Natal Sharks 13 0 1 3 1 1 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
André Joubert South Africa Natal Sharks 11 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 1
Joeli Vidiri New Zealand Auckland Blues 10 0 0 2 DNP DNP DNP 1 1 3 2 0 1 0
Alistair Murdoch Australia NSW Waratahs 8 1 1 0 0 DNP DNP 0 1 1 1 3 DNQ DNQ
Andrew Blowers New Zealand Auckland Blues 8 1 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 DNP 0 0 0 1
Ben Tune Australia Queensland Reds 8 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 DNQ
Jonah Lomu New Zealand Auckland Blues 8 0 1 1 DNP 0 2 1 0 DNP 0 0 2 1
Justin Swart South Africa Western Province 8 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 DNQ DNQ
Joe Roff Australia ACT Brumbies 7 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 DNQ DNQ
Jeremy Thomson South Africa Natal Sharks 7 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 DNP DNP 0 1 0
Christian Cullen New Zealand Wellington Hurricanes 7 0 1 1 DNP DNP 2 1 1 0 0 1 DNQ DNQ
Eroni Clarke New Zealand Auckland Blues 7 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1

Notes and References[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Showpiece event kicks off today, "New Straits Times", 1 March 1996. Retrieved on 18 September 2010.

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