2014 Super Rugby season

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2014 Super Rugby season
Countries Australia (5 teams)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (5 teams)
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions Waratahs (1st title)
Matches played 125
Tries scored 614 (4.91 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Bernard Foley (252)
Top try scorer(s) Israel Folau /
Nemani Nadolo (12)
Official website Official site
2013 (Previous) (Next) 2015

The 2014 Super Rugby season is the fourth season of the 15-team format for the Super Rugby competition involving teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. For sponsorship reasons, this competition is known as Asteron Life 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 is the 19th season for the Southern Hemisphere's premier transnational club competition. The conference games will take place every weekend from 15 February until 12 July (with a three week break between rounds 16 and 17 for internationals games), followed by the finals series, culminating in the grand final on 2 August. The winners of the 2014 Super Rugby Season were the New South Wales Waratahs

Competition format[edit]

Covering 24 weeks, the schedule features 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:[1]

  • 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), will move on 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.[2]

The two-legged promotion/relegation play-off initially scheduled between the bottom team in the South African Conference and the Kings was abolished following a meeting on 13 February 2014.[3]

Standings[edit]

2014 Super Rugby standings

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Overall standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Australia Waratahs 16 12 0 4 481 272 +209 55 24 9 1 58
2 New Zealand Crusaders 16 11 0 5 445 322 +123 41 36 4 3 51
3 South Africa Sharks 16 11 0 5 406 293 +113 29 22 2 4 50
4 Australia Brumbies 16 10 0 6 412 378 +34 49 35 4 1 45
5 New Zealand Chiefs 16 8 2 6 384 378 +6 44 35 5 3 44
6 New Zealand Highlanders 16 8 0 8 401 442 −41 39 52 5 5 42
7 New Zealand Hurricanes 16 8 0 8 439 374 +65 49 36 6 3 41
8 Australia Force 16 9 0 7 343 393 −50 37 40 3 1 40
9 South Africa Bulls 16 7 1 8 365 335 +30 28 29 3 5 38
10 New Zealand Blues 16 7 0 9 419 395 +24 46 43 6 3 37
11 South Africa Stormers 16 7 0 9 290 326 −36 30 29 2 2 32
12 South Africa Lions 16 7 0 9 367 413 −46 31 46 2 1 31
13 Australia Reds 16 5 0 11 374 493 −119 42 52 4 4 28
14 South Africa Cheetahs 16 4 1 11 372 527 −155 38 59 3 3 24
15 Australia Rebels 16 4 0 12 303 460 −157 29 49 1 4 21
Australia Australian Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Waratahs 16 12 0 4 481 272 +209 55 24 9 1 58
2 Brumbies 16 10 0 6 412 378 +34 49 35 4 1 45
3 Force 16 9 0 7 343 393 −50 37 40 3 1 40
4 Reds 16 5 0 11 374 493 −119 42 52 4 4 28
5 Rebels 16 4 0 12 303 460 −157 29 49 1 4 21
New Zealand New Zealand Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Crusaders 16 11 0 5 445 322 +123 41 36 4 3 51
2 Chiefs 16 8 2 6 384 378 +6 44 35 5 3 44
3 Highlanders 16 8 0 8 401 442 −41 39 52 5 5 42
4 Hurricanes 16 8 0 8 439 374 +65 49 36 6 3 41
5 Blues 16 7 0 9 419 395 +24 46 43 6 3 37
South Africa South African Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Sharks 16 11 0 5 406 293 +113 29 22 2 4 50
2 Bulls 16 7 1 8 365 335 +30 28 29 3 5 38
3 Stormers 16 7 0 9 290 326 −36 30 29 2 2 32
4 Lions 16 7 0 9 367 413 −46 31 46 2 1 31
5 Cheetahs 16 4 1 11 372 527 −155 38 59 3 3 24
Final standings.[4][5]

Round-by-round[edit]

Team Progression – 2014 Super Rugby season
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19
Waratahs N/A 5
(2nd)
10
(1st)
10
(2nd)
11
(5th)
16
(5th)
16
(5th)
20
(4th)
20
(5th)
24
(4th)
24
(6th)
29
(4th)
29
(8th)
34
(4th)
39
(2nd)
43
(2nd)
48
(1st)
53
(1st)
58
(1st)
Crusaders N/A 0
(11th)
0
(14th)
4
(14th)
8
(9th)
8
(11th)
9
(13th)
13
(12th)
18
(7th)
22
(6th)
22
(8th)
26
(6th)
31
(4th)
32
(6th)
37
(3rd)
41
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
46
(2nd)
51
(2nd)
Sharks 5
(1st)
9
(1st)
9
(2nd)
14
(1st)
18
(1st)
19
(1st)
23
(1st)
23
(1st)
27
(1st)
31
(1st)
31
(1st)
35
(1st)
36
(1st)
40
(1st)
44
(1st)
45
(1st)
45
(2nd)
46
(3rd)
50
(3rd)
Brumbies N/A 0
(12th)
4
(10th)
9
(5th)
13
(3rd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
34
(3rd)
35
(2nd)
35
(7th)
40
(4th)
40
(6th)
40
(6th)
45
(4th)
Chiefs N/A 4
(7th)
8
(3rd)
8
(3rd)
13
(2nd)
14
(3rd)
17
(3rd)
20
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
25
(3rd)
25
(5th)
30
(3rd)
35
(2nd)
35
(3rd)
35
(8th)
35
(8th)
36
(9th)
40
(8th)
44
(5th)
Highlanders N/A 5
(3rd)
6
(5th)
6
(8th)
7
(10th)
11
(9th)
11
(11th)
15
(10th)
19
(6th)
19
(8th)
24
(7th)
26
(8th)
30
(7th)
34
(5th)
36
(6th)
38
(5th)
42
(4th)
42
(4th)
42
(6th)
Hurricanes N/A 0
(13th)
1
(13th)
1
(15th)
6
(12th)
7
(12th)
12
(10th)
16
(8th)
16
(10th)
21
(7th)
26
(3rd)
26
(7th)
30
(6th)
31
(8th)
36
(5th)
37
(6th)
41
(5th)
41
(5th)
41
(7th)
Force N/A 0
(14th)
0
(15th)
5
(10th)
10
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(8th)
18
(5th)
22
(4th)
23
(5th)
27
(4th)
27
(5th)
31
(5th)
31
(7th)
36
(4th)
36
(7th)
36
(7th)
40
(7th)
40
(8th)
Bulls 0
(15th)
1
(8th)
5
(8th)
10
(4th)
10
(6th)
14
(6th)
16
(7th)
17
(6th)
18
(8th)
19
(9th)
20
(10th)
24
(10th)
28
(9th)
28
(9th)
33
(9th)
33
(9th)
33
(10th)
33
(10th)
38
(9th)
Blues N/A 0
(10th)
5
(7th)
5
(11th)
7
(11th)
12
(8th)
16
(6th)
16
(9th)
16
(11th)
16
(11th)
20
(9th)
25
(9th)
25
(10th)
25
(10th)
26
(10th)
31
(10th)
36
(8th)
36
(9th)
37
(10th)
Stormers N/A 0
(15th)
4
(12th)
5
(12th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
6
(14th)
6
(15th)
6
(15th)
10
(14th)
10
(15th)
15
(14th)
15
(15th)
19
(13th)
24
(11th)
28
(11th)
28
(11th)
32
(11th)
32
(11th)
Lions 4
(4th)
8
(4th)
8
(4th)
8
(7th)
12
(4th)
16
(4th)
16
(4th)
16
(7th)
16
(9th)
16
(10th)
16
(11th)
16
(12th)
18
(11th)
18
(14th)
18
(14th)
22
(13th)
22
(13th)
26
(13th)
31
(12th)
Reds N/A 4
(6th)
4
(11th)
9
(6th)
9
(8th)
10
(10th)
14
(9th)
15
(11th)
16
(12th)
16
(12th)
16
(13th)
16
(13th)
17
(13th)
18
(15th)
18
(15th)
23
(12th)
28
(12th)
28
(12th)
28
(13th)
Cheetahs 1
(5th)
5
(5th)
5
(9th)
5
(13th)
5
(15th)
5
(15th)
5
(15th)
8
(14th)
9
(14th)
9
(15th)
14
(14th)
15
(15th)
16
(14th)
20
(12th)
20
(13th)
20
(15th)
20
(15th)
24
(14th)
24
(14th)
Rebels N/A 0
(9th)
5
(6th)
5
(9th)
6
(13th)
6
(13th)
10
(12th)
11
(13th)
12
(13th)
16
(13th)
16
(12th)
17
(11th)
17
(12th)
21
(11th)
21
(12th)
21
(14th)
21
(14th)
21
(15th)
21
(15th)

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

Note: Due to the schedule of the 2014 mid-year rugby union tests, only South African teams played in Round 1 and only Australian and New Zealand teams in Round 17.
Also, unlike previous seasons, teams did not get points for byes during the season.
Therefore, some teams were in an artificially higher position due to the fixture schedule.
Key: win draw loss bye

Fixtures[edit]

The following fixtures were released 7 October 2013.[7]

Round 1[edit]

Bye/s: Blues, Brumbies, Chiefs, Crusaders, Force, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Rebels, Reds, Stormers, Waratahs

Round 2[edit]

Bye/s: Rebels

Round 3[edit]

Bye/s: Sharks

Round 4[edit]

Bye/s: Chiefs, Highlanders, Waratahs

Round 5[edit]

Bye/s: Bulls

Round 6[edit]

Bye/s: Crusaders

Round 7[edit]

Bye/s: Cheetahs, Force, Lions

Round 8[edit]

Bye/s: Sharks

Round 9[edit]

Bye/s: Blues, Hurricanes, Stormers

Round 10[edit]

Bye/s: Brumbies, Highlanders, Reds

Round 11[edit]

Bye/s: Crusaders, Lions, Rebels

Round 12[edit]

Bye/s: Force

Round 13[edit]

Bye/s: Waratahs

Round 14[edit]

Bye/s: Blues, Bulls, Chiefs

Round 15[edit]

Bye/s: Reds

Round 16[edit]

Bye/s: Cheetahs

Round 17[edit]

Bye/s: Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Sharks, Stormers

Round 18[edit]

Bye/s: Brumbies

Round 19[edit]

Bye/s: Hurricanes

Finals[edit]

Qualifying finals Semifinals Grand final
                             
  19 July 2014  
4   Australia Brumbies 32  
5   New Zealand Chiefs 30           26 July 2014      
        1   Australia Waratahs 26    
        4   Australia Brumbies 8     2 August 2014
                Australia Waratahs   33
            26 July 2014       New Zealand Crusaders   32
          2   New Zealand Crusaders 38    
  19 July 2014         3   South Africa Sharks 6