2013 Super Rugby season

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2013 Super Rugby season
Countries Australia (5 teams)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (5 teams)
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions Chiefs (2nd title)
Matches played 125
Attendance 2,547,978 (20,384 per match)
Tries scored 596 (4.77 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Morné Steyn (248)
Top try scorer(s) Frank Halai (10)
Official website Official website
2012 (Previous) (Next) 2014
Bulls vs. Brumbies in the semifinals, 27 July 2013

The 2013 Super Rugby season was the third season of the new 15-team format for the Super Rugby competition involving teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The tournament was won by the Chiefs, who defeated the Canberra-based Brumbies 27–22 in the competition final. 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 the past incarnations as Super 12 and Super 14, this was the 18th season of the Southern Hemisphere's premier domestic competition. Conference matches took place every weekend from 15 February until 13 July – with a break between rounds 17 and 18 for internationals games – followed by the play-offs series that culminated in the final on 3 August.

The 2013 season saw the Kings of South Africa enter the competition for the first time, having replaced the under-performing Lions.[1] The Kings achieved three victories in their inaugural tournament, but finished last following the regular season, and were defeated by the Lions in a two-leg play-off for a position in the South African conference for the 2014 season.

Competition format[edit]

Covering 25 weeks, the schedule featured a total of 125 matches. The 15 teams were grouped by geography, labelled the Australian Conference, New Zealand Conference and the South African Conference. The regular season consisted of two types of matches:[2]

  • Internal Conference Matches – Each team played the other four teams in the same conference twice, home and away.
  • Cross Conference Matches – Each team played 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 played 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.

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

In addition, a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off took place at the end of the season between the bottom team in the South African Conference and the Lions, with the winner qualifying for Super Rugby in 2014.

Standings[edit]

Australia Australian Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Brumbies 18 10 2 4 2 430 295 +135 43 31 5 3 60
2 Reds 18 10 2 4 2 321 296 +25 31 23 4 2 58
3 Waratahs 18 8 0 8 2 411 371 +40 45 34 1 4 45
4 Rebels 18 5 0 11 2 382 515 −133 44 65 4 5 37
5 Force 18 4 1 11 2 267 366 −99 26 34 0 5 31


New Zealand New Zealand Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Chiefs 18 12 0 4 2 458 364 +94 50 38 8 2 66
2 Crusaders 18 11 0 5 2 446 307 +139 44 31 5 3 60
3 Blues 18 6 0 10 2 347 364 −17 40 36 6 6 44
4 Hurricanes 18 6 0 10 2 386 457 −71 41 49 4 5 41
5 Highlanders 18 3 0 13 2 374 496 −122 40 55 4 5 29


South Africa South African Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Bulls 18 12 0 4 2 448 330 +118 41 34 5 2 63
2 Cheetahs 18 10 0 6 2 382 358 +24 38 32 2 4 54
3 Stormers 18 9 0 7 2 346 292 +54 30 18 1 5 50
4 Sharks 18 8 0 8 2 384 305 +79 40 31 3 5 48
5 Kings 18 3 1 12 2 298 564 −266 27 69 2 0 24


Overall Standings
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Chiefs 18 12 0 4 2 458 364 +94 50 38 8 2 66
2 South Africa Bulls 18 12 0 4 2 448 330 +118 41 34 5 2 63
3 Australia Brumbies 18 10 2 4 2 430 295 +135 43 31 5 3 60
4 New Zealand Crusaders 18 11 0 5 2 446 307 +139 44 31 5 3 60
5 Australia Reds 18 10 2 4 2 321 296 +25 31 23 4 2 58
6 South Africa Cheetahs 18 10 0 6 2 382 358 +24 38 32 2 4 54
7 South Africa Stormers 18 9 0 7 2 346 292 +54 30 18 1 5 50
8 South Africa Sharks 18 8 0 8 2 384 305 +79 40 31 3 5 48
9 Australia Waratahs 18 8 0 8 2 411 371 +40 45 34 1 4 45
10 New Zealand Blues 18 6 0 10 2 347 364 −17 40 36 6 6 44
11 New Zealand Hurricanes 18 6 0 10 2 386 457 −71 41 49 4 5 41
12 Australia Rebels 18 5 0 11 2 382 515 −133 44 65 4 5 37
13 Australia Force 18 4 1 11 2 267 366 −99 26 34 0 5 31
14 New Zealand Highlanders 18 3 0 13 2 374 496 −122 40 55 4 5 29
15 South Africa Kings 18 3 1 12 2 298 564 −266 27 69 2 0 24


Source: sanzarrugby.com

Legend:

Conference leaders, qualify to finals.
Wildcard teams, qualify to finals.
Qualifies to relegation play-offs.


  • 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 (this does not apply to teams not scheduled to play in split rounds, e.g. New Zealand and South African teams in the Australian-only Round 1).
  • 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]

  • 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
    • overall points difference
    • number of tries scored
    • overall try difference

Round-by-round[edit]

Team Progression – 2013 Super Rugby season
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
Chiefs N/A 5
(4th)
10
(2nd)
12
(3rd)
17
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
29
(1st)
29
(2nd)
30
(5th)
35
(2nd)
40
(2nd)
44
(2nd)
48
(1st)
52
(1st)
56
(1st)
56
(2nd)
61
(1st)
61
(2nd)
66
(1st)
Bulls N/A 4
(5th)
9
(3rd)
13
(2nd)
13
(3rd)
14
(7th)
15
(10th)
19
(9th)
23
(7th)
28
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
37
(3rd)
41
(3rd)
46
(2nd)
50
(2nd)
54
(2nd)
54
(3rd)
59
(2nd)
63
(1st)
63
(2nd)
Brumbies 4
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
18
(1st)
23
(1st)
23
(1st)
27
(1st)
29
(2nd)
33
(1st)
35
(1st)
40
(1st)
41
(1st)
45
(1st)
46
(3rd)
50
(3rd)
54
(3rd)
59
(1st)
59
(3rd)
59
(3rd)
60
(3rd)
Crusaders N/A 4
(9th)
4
(11th)
6
(9th)
11
(7th)
16
(5th)
20
(5th)
21
(8th)
22
(9th)
26
(9th)
30
(7th)
34
(7th)
38
(6th)
42
(5th)
42
(6th)
46
(6th)
46
(6th)
51
(5th)
56
(4th)
60
(4th)
Reds 0
(15th)
4
(8th)
8
(6th)
12
(5th)
13
(5th)
17
(4th)
22
(4th)
26
(4th)
31
(4th)
33
(4th)
37
(4th)
39
(4th)
44
(4th)
44
(4th)
45
(5th)
50
(4th)
54
(4th)
54
(4th)
54
(5th)
58
(5th)
Cheetahs N/A 1
(11th)
1
(15th)
5
(13th)
9
(9th)
13
(9th)
18
(6th)
22
(6th)
23
(6th)
27
(6th)
31
(6th)
35
(6th)
36
(7th)
40
(7th)
45
(4th)
46
(6th)
46
(5th)
46
(6th)
50
(6th)
54
(6th)
Stormers N/A 0
(13th)
1
(12th)
5
(10th)
9
(10th)
14
(8th)
15
(11th)
16
(11th)
20
(11th)
24
(11th)
28
(10th)
29
(10th)
30
(10th)
30
(11th)
34
(11th)
38
(11th)
38
(11th)
42
(10th)
46
(7th)
50
(7th)
Sharks N/A 4
(6th)
8
(5th)
12
(4th)
12
(6th)
17
(3rd)
21
(3rd)
25
(3rd)
26
(3rd)
27
(7th)
28
(8th)
29
(9th)
29
(11th)
33
(10th)
34
(11th)
38
(10th)
38
(10th)
42
(9th)
43
(10th)
48
(8th)
Waratahs 4
(5th)
4
(10th)
8
(8th)
8
(8th)
9
(13th)
13
(11th)
17
(8th)
17
(10th)
21
(10th)
25
(10th)
25
(11th)
30
(8th)
34
(8th)
38
(8th)
39
(8th)
40
(8th)
44
(7th)
44
(7th)
44
(8th)
45
(9th)
Blues N/A 5
(2nd)
10
(4th)
11
(6th)
15
(4th)
16
(6th)
17
(9th)
22
(7th)
27
(5th)
31
(2nd)
32
(5th)
36
(5th)
41
(5th)
41
(6th)
42
(7th)
43
(7th)
43
(8th)
44
(8th)
44
(9th)
44
(10th)
Hurricanes N/A 0
(15th)
1
(13th)
5
(11th)
9
(8th)
13
(10th)
18
(7th)
23
(5th)
23
(8th)
27
(8th)
28
(9th)
28
(11th)
33
(9th)
34
(9th)
38
(9th)
39
(9th)
39
(9th)
39
(11th)
41
(11th)
41
(11th)
Rebels 4
(4th)
4
(7th)
5
(9th)
5
(12th)
9
(12th)
9
(13th)
9
(13th)
14
(12th)
15
(14th)
19
(12th)
20
(12th)
22
(12th)
24
(12th)
28
(12th)
32
(12th)
32
(12th)
32
(12th)
32
(12th)
32
(12th)
37
(12th)
Force 1
(6th)
1
(12th)
1
(14th)
5
(14th)
9
(11th)
9
(12th)
10
(12th)
11
(13th)
15
(12th)
16
(13th)
16
(13th)
18
(13th)
19
(14th)
19
(14th)
23
(14th)
27
(13th)
27
(13th)
27
(13th)
27
(13th)
31
(13th)
Highlanders N/A 0
(14th)
4
(10th)
4
(15th)
5
(15th)
5
(15th)
6
(15th)
6
(15th)
6
(15th)
6
(15th)
10
(15th)
14
(15th)
16
(15th)
16
(15th)
17
(15th)
22
(15th)
22
(15th)
22
(15th)
27
(14th)
29
(14th)
Kings N/A 4
(3rd)
8
(7th)
8
(7th)
8
(14th)
8
(14th)
8
(14th)
11
(14th)
15
(13th)
15
(14th)
15
(14th)
15
(14th)
20
(13th)
24
(13th)
24
(13th)
24
(14th)
24
(14th)
24
(14th)
24
(15th)
24
(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.

Note: Due to the Lions tour, only Australian teams will play in Rounds 1 and 17 and only New Zealand and South African teams in Rounds 18 and 19.
Therefore, until the completion of Round 19, Australian teams will have played more games and will be in an artificially higher position.
Key: win draw loss bye no game

Regular season[edit]

The results of the season were as follows:

Round 1[edit]

Bye/s: Waratahs. No games: Blues, Bulls, Cheetahs, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Kings, Sharks, Stormers

Round 2[edit]

Bye/s: Crusaders

Round 3[edit]

Bye/s: Brumbies, Highlanders, Kings

Round 4[edit]

Bye/s: Force

Round 5[edit]

Bye/s: Blues, Rebels, Stormers

Round 6[edit]

Bye/s: Hurricanes

Round 7[edit]

Bye/s: Sharks

Round 8[edit]

Bye/s: Bulls, Chiefs, Reds

Round 9[edit]

Bye/s: Waratahs

Round 10[edit]

Bye/s: Blues, Rebels, Stormers

Round 11[edit]

Bye/s: Highlanders

Round 12[edit]

Bye/s: Cheetahs

Round 13[edit]

Bye/s: Brumbies, Bulls, Crusaders

Round 14[edit]

Bye/s: Kings

Round 15[edit]

Bye/s: Hurricanes

Round 16[edit]

Bye/s: Chiefs, Force, Sharks

Round 17[edit]

Bye/s: Reds. No games: Blues, Bulls, Cheetahs, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Kings, Sharks, Stormers

Round 18[edit]

Bye/s: None. No games: Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs

Round 19[edit]

Bye/s: None. No games: Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs

Round 20[edit]

Bye/s: Cheetahs

Finals[edit]

Qualifying finals Semifinals Grand final
                             
  20 July 2013  
4   New Zealand Crusaders 38  
5   Australia Reds 9           27 July 2013      
        1   New Zealand Chiefs 20    
        4   New Zealand Crusaders 19     3 August 2013
                New Zealand Chiefs   27
            27 July 2013       Australia Brumbies   22
          2   South Africa Bulls 23    
  21 July 2013         3   Australia Brumbies 26    
  3   Australia Brumbies 15          
  6   South Africa Cheetahs 13          

Qualifiers[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]