2002 Super 12 season

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2002 Super 12
Countries  Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders (4th title)
Matches played 69
Top point scorer(s) New Zealand Andrew Mehrtens (182)
(Canterbury Crusaders)
Top try scorer(s) New Zealand Roger Randle (12)
(Waikato Chiefs)
2001 (Previous) (Next) 2003

The 2002 Super 12 season was the seventh season of the Super 12, contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from February to May 2002, 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 by the Crusaders and the Brumbies at Jade Stadium, Christchurch. The Crusaders won 31 – 13 to win their fourth Super 12 title.

Table[edit]

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 11 11 0 0 469 264 +205 7 51
2 Australia Waratahs 11 8 0 3 337 284 +53 7 39
3 Australia Brumbies 11 7 0 4 374 230 +144 10 38
4 New Zealand Highlanders 11 8 0 3 329 207 +122 6 38
5 Australia Reds 11 7 0 4 336 287 +49 6 34
6 New Zealand Blues 11 6 0 5 313 249 +64 5 29
7 South Africa Stormers 11 5 0 6 310 317 −7 7 27
8 New Zealand Chiefs 11 4 0 7 323 341 −18 8 24
9 New Zealand Hurricanes 11 5 0 6 232 317 −85 1 23
10 South Africa Sharks 11 4 0 7 183 308 −125 3 19
11 South Africa Cats 11 1 0 10 217 370 −153 2 6
12 South Africa Bulls 11 0 0 11 232 500 −268 1 1


Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Round 8[edit]

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Finals[edit]

Semi finals[edit]

18 May 2002
Crusaders New Zealand 34 – 23 New Zealand Highlanders
Tries: Mark Robinson (2), Richie McCaw
Cons: Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pens: Andrew Mehrtens (3)
Drops: Andrew Mehrtens, Aaron Mauger
Tries: Jeff Wilson, Willie Walker
Cons: Willie Walker (2)
Pens: Willie Walker (3)
18 May 2002
Waratahs Australia 10 – 51 Australia ACT Brumbies
Try: Scott Staniforth
Con: Matthew Burke
Pen: Matthew Burke
Tries: Graeme Bond, Jeremy Paul, Justin Harrison, Owen Finegan, Pat Howard
Cons: Julian Huxley (5), Stirling Mortlock
Pens: Julian Huxley (2), Andrew Walker

Grand final[edit]

25 May 2002
Crusaders New Zealand 31 – 13 Australia ACT Brumbies
Tries: Vunibaka, Ralph (2)
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (3)
Drop: Mehrtens
Try: Walker
Con: Walker
Pen: Walker (2)
Crusaders
15 Leon MacDonald
14 Marika Vunibaka
13 Mark Robinson
12 Aaron Mauger
11 Caleb Ralph
10 Andrew Mehrtens
9 Justin Marshall
8 Scott Robertson
7 Richie McCaw
6 Chris Jack
5 Norm Maxwell
4 Reuben Thorne (c)
3 Greg Feek
2 Mark Hammett
1 Greg Somerville
Replacements:
16 David Hewett
17 Corey Flynn
18 Sam Broomhall
19 Johnny Leo'o
20 Ben Hurst
21 Daryl Gibson
22 Ben Blair
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
Brumbies
15 Mark Bartholomeusz
14 Graeme Bond
13 Stirling Mortlock
12 Pat Howard
11 Andrew Walker
10 Stephen Larkham
9 George Gregan (c)
8 Scott Fava
7 George Smith
6 Owen Finegan
5 Justin Harrison
4 Daniel Vickerman
3 Ben Darwin
2 Jeremy Paul
1 Bill Young
Replacements:
16 Damian Flynn
17 Angus Scott
18 David Pusey
19 Peter Ryan
20 Travis Hall
21 Joel Wilson
22 Julian Huxley
Coach:
Australia David Nucifora