Super 10 (Southern Hemisphere competition)

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The Super 10 was a rugby union tournament featuring ten teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tonga and Western Samoa, which ran for three years from 1993 to 1995. It was the predecessor of Super 12 and Super 14, now known as Super Rugby.

History[edit]

The Super 10 replaced the South Pacific Championship, CANZ Series and Super Six tournaments which had been organized by the Australian and New Zealand rugby unions during the 1980s and early 1990s. With South Africa being readmitted into international sport due to the dismantling of apartheid (both The Wallabies and the All Blacks toured South Africa during 1992), there was an opportunity to launch an expanded competition also featuring South Africa's top provincial teams. The South African Broadcasting Corporation's Top Sport channel committed to a three year sponsorship of the competition, allowing it to be launched.

The official declaration of professionalism in rugby union in August 1995 led to a reworking of the competition. SANZAR, a partnership between the South African Rugby Union, the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Australian Rugby Union was formed, and in association with Rupert Murdoch's News Limited, they created the Super 12. This fully professional competition featured teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa only, with one more team from each country being admitted, and was launched in 1996.

Past winners[edit]

Winners by year:

Year Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1993 Flag of South Africa.svg
Transvaal
20 – 17 Flag of New Zealand.svg
Auckland
1994 Flag of Australia.svg
Queensland
21 – 10 Flag of South Africa.svg
Natal
1995 Flag of Australia.svg
Queensland
30 – 16 Flag of South Africa.svg
Transvaal

Organization[edit]

The ten teams for the competition were arranged as follows:

The ten teams were split into two pools to minimize the logistical problems caused by the travel required and the timezone differences between the participating countries. Each team played the other four teams in their pool once, with four competition points being awarded for a win, two for a draw, and one for a loss by seven points or less. Bonus points for scoring four or more tries were not introduced until the formation of the Super 12.

The top team in each pool met in a final to decide the championship.

1993 Super 10[edit]

For the inaugural competition, New Zealand were represented by NPC champions Waikato, along with Auckland, Otago and North Harbour. South Africa were represented by Currie Cup champions the Natal Sharks, along with Transvaal and Northern Transvaal. Western Samoa were the representatives from the Pacific Tri-Series.

Pool A
Team Won Lost Drawn Bonus points Points
Auckland 4 0 0 0 16
Natal 3 1 0 0 12
Western Samoa 2 2 0 0 8
Queensland 1 3 0 1 5
Otago 0 4 0 0 0
Pool B
Team Won Lost Drawn Bonus points Points
Transvaal 4 0 0 0 16
New South Wales 2 2 0 1 9
Northern Transvaal 2 2 0 0 8
North Harbour 1 3 0 2 6
Waikato 1 3 0 1 5
  • Results
  • Northern Transvaal 22 - 42 Transvaal ([1])
  • Northern Transvaal 45 - 20 New South Wales ([2])
  • Northern Transvaal 28 - 18 Waikato
  • Northern Transvaal 14 - 29 North Harbour ([3])

Transvaal defeated Auckland 20–17 at the final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

1994 Super 10[edit]

In 1994, New Zealand were represented by NPC champions Auckland, along with Waikato, Otago and North Harbour. South Africa were represented by Currie Cup champions Transvaal, along with the Natal Sharks and Eastern Province. Western Samoa were once again the representatives from the Pacific Tri-Series.

Pool A
Team Won Lost Drawn Bonus points Points
Queensland 3 1 0 1 13
North Harbour 3 1 0 1 13
Otago 2 2 0 1 9
Transvaal 2 2 0 0 8
Eastern Province 0 4 0 0 0
Pool B
Team Won Lost Drawn Bonus points Points
Natal 4 0 0 0 16
New South Wales 3 1 0 0 12
Western Samoa 2 2 0 1 9
Auckland 1 3 0 3 7
Waikato 0 4 0 1 1

Queensland were ranked top of Pool A on points difference, and defeated Natal 21–10 at the final at Kings Park in Durban.

1995 Super 10[edit]

In 1995, New Zealand were represented by NPC champions Auckland, along with Canterbury, Otago and North Harbour. South Africa were represented by Currie Cup champions Transvaal, along with Western Province and the Free State. Tonga were the representatives from the Pacific Tri-Series.

Pool A
Team Won Lost Drawn Bonus points Points
Transvaal 3 1 0 1 13
New South Wales 2 1 1 2 11
Western Province 2 2 0 1 9
Otago 2 2 0 0 8
North Harbour 0 3 1 2 4
Pool B
Team Won Lost Drawn Bonus points Points
Queensland 4 0 0 0 16
Free State 3 1 0 0 12
Auckland 2 2 0 1 9
Canterbury 1 3 0 3 7
Tonga 0 4 0 1 1

Queensland defeated Transvaal 30–16 at the final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

References[edit]

  • McIlraith, Matt (2005). Ten Years of Super 12. Auckland, New Zealand: Hodder Moa. ISBN 1-86971-025-8.