1998 Super 12 season

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1998 Super 12
Countries  Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders (1st title)
Matches played 69
Top point scorer(s) New Zealand Andrew Mehrtens (206)
(Canterbury Crusaders)
Top try scorer(s) New Zealand Joeli Vidiri (10)
(Auckland Blues)
1997 (Previous) (Next) 1999

The 1998 Super 12 season was the third season of the Super 12, contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from February to May 1998, 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 Auckland Blues and the Canterbury Crusaders at Eden Park, Auckland. The Canterbury Crusaders won 20 – 13 to win their first Super 12 title.

Teams[edit]

The 1998 Super 12 competition consisted of 12 teams, they were:
The Blues (New Zealand)
The Brumbies (Australia)
The Bulls (South Africa)
The Cats (South Africa)
The Chiefs (New Zealand)
The Crusaders (New Zealand)
The Highlanders (New Zealand)
The Hurricanes (New Zealand)
The Reds (Australia)
The Sharks (South Africa)
The Stormers (South Africa)
The Waratahs (Australia)

Table[edit]

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 New Zealand Blues 11 9 0 2 388 296 +92 7 43
2 New Zealand Crusaders 11 8 0 3 340 260 +80 9 41
3 South Africa Sharks 11 7 0 4 329 263 +66 8 36
4 New Zealand Highlanders 11 7 0 4 343 279 +64 6 34
5 Australia Reds 11 6 1 4 273 229 +44 5 31
6 Australia Waratahs 11 6 1 4 306 276 +30 4 30
7 New Zealand Chiefs 11 6 0 5 279 291 −12 5 29
8 New Zealand Hurricanes 11 5 0 6 313 342 −29 6 26
9 South Africa Stormers 11 3 0 8 248 364 −166 6 18
10 Australia Brumbies 11 3 0 8 228 308 −80 5 17
11 South Africa Bulls 11 3 0 8 249 306 −57 4 16
12 South Africa Cats 11 2 0 9 266 346 −80 7 15

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]


Grand final[edit]

30 May 1998
Auckland Blues New Zealand 13 – 20 New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders
Tries: James Christian
Con: Adrian Cashmore
Pen: Adrian Cashmore
Drop: Adrian Cashmore
Tries: James Kerr, Norm Maxwell
Con: Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (2)

Leading try-scorers[edit]

Top 3 try scorers
Pos Name Tries Team
1 Jeff Wilson 10 Otago Highlanders
1 Joeli Vidiri 10 Auckland Blues
1 Stefan Terblanche 10 Coastal Sharks

Leading point-scorers[edit]

Top 3 points scorers
Pos Name Tries Team
1 Andrew Mehrtens 206 Canterbury Crusaders
2 Adrian Cashmore 180 Auckland Blues
3 Jon Preston 112 Wellington Hurricanes

Notes and References[edit]

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