2012 Super Rugby season

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2012 Super Rugby season
Countries  Australia (5 teams)
 South Africa (5 teams)
 New Zealand (5 teams)
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions New Zealand Chiefs (1st title)
Matches played 125
Attendance 2,725,929 (21,807 per match)
Tries scored 609 (4.87 per match)
Top point scorer(s) New Zealand Aaron Cruden (251)
Top try scorer(s) New Zealand Andre Taylor (10)
South Africa Bjorn Basson (10)
Official website Official site
2011 (Previous) (Next) 2013

The 2012 Super Rugby season was the second season of the current 15-team format for the Super Rugby competition, which involves teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. For sponsorship reasons, this competition is known as FxPro Super Rugby in Australia, Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand and Vodacom Super Rugby in South Africa. Including its past incarnations as Super 12 and Super 14, this was the 17th season for the Southern Hemisphere's premier transnational club competition. The conference games took place every weekend from 24 February until 14 July (with a three-week break between rounds 15 and 16 for international matches), followed by the finals series, culminating in the grand final on 4 August. While its three main broadcasting partners are Fox Sports (Australia), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and SuperSport (South Africa), Super Rugby can be viewed in many countries throughout the world.[1]

The Chiefs, based in Hamilton, New Zealand, claimed their first-ever title in the competition's history, defeating the Durban-based Sharks 37–6 in the final held on 4 August at the Chiefs' home of Waikato Stadium.

Competition format[edit]

Covering 24 weeks, the schedule featured a total of 125 matches. The 15 teams are grouped by geography, labelled the Australian Conference, New Zealand Conference and the South African Conference. The regular season consists of two types of matches:[2]

  • Internal Conference Matches – Each team plays the other four teams in the same conference twice, home and away.
  • Cross Conference Matches – Each team plays four teams of the other two conferences away, and four teams of the other two conferences home, thus missing out on two teams (one from each of the other conferences). Each team plays two home and two away games against teams from each of the other countries, making a total of eight cross conference games for each team. There will be a three week international break between rounds 15 and 16 of the regular season.

The top team of each conference, plus the next top three teams in table points regardless of conference (wild card teams), advance to the finals. The top two conference winners, based on table points, receive first-round byes. In the first round of the finals, the third conference winner is the #3 seed and hosts the wild card team with the worst record, and the best wild card team hosts the second-best wild card team. In the semi-finals, the #2 conference winner hosts the higher surviving seed from the first round, and the #1 conference winner hosts the other first-round winner. The final is hosted by the top remaining seed.[3]

Standings[edit]

Australian Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Australia Reds 18 11 0 5 2 359 347 +12 38 36 4 2 58
2 Australia Brumbies 18 10 0 6 2 404 331 +73 41 31 5 5 58
3 Australia Waratahs 18 4 0 12 2 346 407 −61 33 43 3 8 35
4 Australia Rebels 18 4 0 12 2 362 520 −158 37 59 3 5 32
5 Australia Force 18 3 0 13 2 306 440 −134 30 49 2 5 27


New Zealand Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Chiefs 18 12 0 4 2 444 358 +86 47 30 5 3 64
2 New Zealand Crusaders 18 11 0 5 2 485 343 +142 47 34 5 4 61
3 New Zealand Hurricanes 18 10 0 6 2 489 429 +60 58 39 8 1 57
4 New Zealand Highlanders 18 9 0 7 2 359 385 −26 36 31 2 4 50
5 New Zealand Blues 18 4 0 12 2 359 430 −71 34 50 2 6 32


South African Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Stormers 18 14 0 2 2 350 254 +96 28 21 0 2 66
2 South Africa Bulls 18 10 0 6 2 472 369 +103 50 38 6 5 59
3 South Africa Sharks 18 10 0 6 2 436 348 +88 47 31 7 4 59
4 South Africa Cheetahs 18 5 0 11 2 391 458 −67 35 47 3 7 38
5 South Africa Lions 18 3 0 13 2 317 460 −143 30 52 2 3 25


Overall Standings
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Stormers 18 14 0 2 2 350 254 +96 28 21 0 2 66
2 New Zealand Chiefs 18 12 0 4 2 444 358 +86 47 30 5 3 64
3 Australia Reds 18 11 0 5 2 359 347 +12 38 36 4 2 58
4 New Zealand Crusaders 18 11 0 5 2 485 343 +142 47 34 5 4 61
5 South Africa Bulls 18 10 0 6 2 472 369 +103 50 38 6 5 59
6 South Africa Sharks 18 10 0 6 2 436 348 +88 47 31 7 4 59
7 Australia Brumbies 18 10 0 6 2 404 331 +73 41 31 5 5 58
8 New Zealand Hurricanes 18 10 0 6 2 489 429 +60 58 39 8 1 57
9 New Zealand Highlanders 18 9 0 7 2 359 385 −26 36 31 2 4 50
10 South Africa Cheetahs 18 5 0 11 2 391 458 −67 35 47 3 7 38
11 Australia Waratahs 18 4 0 12 2 346 407 −61 33 43 3 8 35
12 New Zealand Blues 18 4 0 12 2 359 430 −71 34 50 2 6 32
13 Australia Rebels 18 4 0 12 2 362 520 −158 37 59 3 5 32
14 Australia Force 18 3 0 13 2 306 440 −134 30 49 2 5 27
15 South Africa Lions 18 3 0 13 2 317 460 −143 30 52 2 3 25


Source: sanzarrugby.com

Legend:

  • Rnd = Round Completed (Games Played plus Byes), W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Bye = Number of Byes, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TF = Tries For, TA = Tries Against, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points, Q = Qualification

Points breakdown:

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

The Overall Standings classification system:[4][5]

  • Three Conference Winners/Leaders in log points order
  • Three Wildcard teams in log points order
  • The remaining nine teams in log points order
  • When teams are level on log points, they are sorted by number of games won, then overall points difference, then number of tries scored and then overall try difference

Round-by-round[edit]

Team Progression – 2012 Super Rugby season
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 Final
South Africa Stormers 4
(1st)
8
(4th)
12
(3rd)
16
(2nd)
20
(1st)
24
(1st)
28
(1st)
29
(2nd)
33
(2nd)
37
(2nd)
41
(4th)
45
(4th)
49
(1st)
50
(2nd)
54
(2nd)
58
(2nd)
62
(2nd)
66
(1st)
New Zealand Chiefs 1
(12th)
6
(7th)
10
(6th)
14
(4th)
18
(2nd)
22
(4th)
26
(2nd)
31
(1st)
35
(1st)
39
(1st)
44
(1st)
45
(2nd)
49
(2nd)
53
(1st)
58
(1st)
62
(1st)
63
(1st)
64
(2nd)
Australia Reds 4
(3rd)
8
(2nd)
12
(1st)
13
(3rd)
13
(8th)
13
(9th)
17
(8th)
21
(9th)
21
(10th)
25
(9th)
26
(9th)
31
(9th)
36
(8th)
40
(8th)
44
(9th)
49
(7th)
53
(8th)
58
(3rd)
New Zealand Crusaders 4
(7th)
5
(9th)
6
(10th)
10
(9th)
14
(7th)
18
(6th)
19
(7th)
23
(7th)
28
(6th)
33
(6th)
37
(5th)
37
(5th)
42
(5th)
46
(5th)
51
(4th)
52
(5th)
56
(4th)
61
(4th)
South Africa Bulls 4
(4th)
9
(1st)
10
(5th)
14
(5th)
19
(4th)
20
(5th)
24
(4th)
29
(4th)
33
(4th)
37
(4th)
42
(2nd)
46
(1st)
47
(4th)
48
(4th)
49
(5th)
54
(4th)
54
(5th)
59
(5th)
South Africa Sharks 1
(13th)
2
(12th)
7
(9th)
11
(7th)
12
(10th)
17
(7th)
17
(9th)
22
(8th)
23
(9th)
27
(7th)
31
(7th)
36
(6th)
41
(6th)
45
(6th)
45
(7th)
49
(8th)
54
(6th)
59
(6th)
Australia Brumbies 4
(5th)
8
(5th)
12
(4th)
13
(6th)
17
(3rd)
18
(3rd)
19
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
26
(3rd)
31
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
39
(3rd)
44
(3rd)
45
(3rd)
49
(3rd)
54
(3rd)
58
(3rd)
58
(7th)
New Zealand Hurricanes 0
(15th)
4
(10th)
9
(7th)
10
(8th)
15
(6th)
16
(8th)
21
(6th)
25
(6th)
25
(8th)
25
(10th)
30
(8th)
34
(8th)
35
(9th)
40
(9th)
45
(6th)
49
(6th)
53
(7th)
57
(8th)
New Zealand Highlanders 4
(2nd)
8
(3rd)
12
(2nd)
16
(1st)
17
(5th)
22
(2nd)
22
(5th)
26
(5th)
30
(5th)
34
(5th)
34
(6th)
35
(7th)
39
(7th)
44
(7th)
44
(8th)
45
(9th)
46
(9th)
50
(9th)
South Africa Cheetahs 1
(14th)
1
(15th)
2
(14th)
6
(12th)
7
(13th)
12
(12th)
16
(11th)
17
(11th)
21
(11th)
22
(11th)
26
(10th)
27
(10th)
27
(12th)
32
(10th)
36
(10th)
37
(10th)
38
(10th)
38
(10th)
Australia Waratahs 1
(11th)
6
(6th)
7
(8th)
8
(11th)
13
(9th)
13
(10th)
17
(10th)
21
(10th)
25
(7th)
26
(8th)
26
(11th)
27
(11th)
28
(11th)
30
(11th)
30
(11th)
34
(11th)
35
(11th)
35
(11th)
New Zealand Blues 1
(9th)
1
(13th)
5
(11th)
5
(14th)
6
(15th)
10
(13th)
10
(14th)
11
(14th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
16
(14th)
16
(14th)
17
(14th)
19
(15th)
23
(14th)
28
(13th)
32
(12th)
Australia Rebels 4
(8th)
4
(11th)
5
(13th)
6
(13th)
10
(12th)
10
(15th)
14
(12th)
14
(12th)
14
(13th)
18
(12th)
20
(12th)
24
(12th)
29
(10th)
29
(12th)
29
(12th)
29
(12th)
31
(12th)
32
(13th)
Australia Force 1
(10th)
1
(14th)
1
(15th)
5
(15th)
7
(15th)
12
(11th)
12
(13th)
13
(13th)
17
(12th)
17
(13th)
18
(13th)
18
(13th)
19
(13th)
23
(13th)
27
(13th)
27
(13th)
27
(14th)
27
(14th)
South Africa Lions 4
(6th)
5
(8th)
5
(12th)
9
(10th)
10
(11th)
10
(14th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
14
(14th)
14
(14th)
14
(14th)
14
(15th)
14
(15th)
15
(15th)
20
(14th)
20
(15th)
25
(15th)
25
(15th)

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

Key: win draw loss bye

Regular season[edit]

The following fixtures were released on 2 September 2011.[6][7]

Round 1[edit]

Bye/s: Australia Rebels

Round 2[edit]

Bye/s: Australia Brumbies

Round 3[edit]

Bye/s: South Africa Stormers

Round 4[edit]

Bye/s: South Africa Bulls, New Zealand Crusaders, South Africa Lions

Round 5[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Chiefs

Round 6[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Blues

Round 7[edit]

Bye/s: Australia Waratahs

Round 8[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Highlanders, New Zealand Hurricanes, Australia Reds

Round 9[edit]

Bye/s: South Africa Cheetahs, Australia Force, South Africa Lions

Round 10[edit]

Bye/s: South Africa Bulls, Australia Rebels, South Africa Sharks

Round 11[edit]

Bye/s: South Africa Stormers

Round 12[edit]

Bye/s: Australia Brumbies

Round 13[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Chiefs

Round 14[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Crusaders

Round 15[edit]

Bye/s: South Africa Cheetahs, Australia Force, Australia Reds

Round 16[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Blues, South Africa Sharks, Australia Waratahs

Round 17[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Hurricanes

Round 18[edit]

Bye/s: New Zealand Highlanders

Finals[edit]

Qualifying finals Semifinals Grand final
                             
  21 July 2012  
4   New Zealand Crusaders 28  
5   South Africa Bulls 13           27 July 2012      
        2   New Zealand Chiefs 20    
        4   New Zealand Crusaders 17     4 August 2012
                New Zealand Chiefs   37
            28 July 2012       South Africa Sharks   6
          1   South Africa Stormers 19    
  21 July 2012         6   South Africa Sharks 26    
  3   Australia Reds 17          
  6   South Africa Sharks 30          

Qualifiers[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Players[edit]

For a listing of player movements after this season, see List of 2012–13 Super Rugby transfers.

Referees[edit]

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAR for the 2012 Super Rugby season:[9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SANZAR broadcasters by territory". sanzarrugby.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Super Rugby Conferences". superrugby.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Super Rugby Finals Format". superrugby.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ "About Super XV Rugby". www.superxv.com. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Team with "Most Wins" will finish higher in Super Rugby". SANZAR. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Draw for Super Rugby 2012". superrugby.com. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Fixtures 2012". superrugby.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  8. ^ "Beale snatches victory for Rebels over Force". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  9. ^ "SANZAR name 2012 Super rugby referee panel". superxv.com. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 

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