2011–12 Top League

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2011–12 Top League
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2011–12 top scorer, Yamaha's Ayumu Goromaru (right).
Countries Japan Japan
Date 29 October 2011 – 26 February 2012
Champions Suntory Sungoliath (2nd title)
Runners-up Sanyo Wild Knights
Top point scorer Japan Ayumu Goromaru (182 points)
Top try scorer Fiji Nemani Nadolo (19 tries)

The 2011–12 Top League was the ninth season of Japan's domestic rugby union competition, the Top League. The Suntory Sungoliath team defeated Sanyo Wild Knights by 47–28 in the final of the Microsoft Cup to claim their second Top League championship.

The Top League is a semi-professional competition which is at the top of the national league system in Japan, with promotion and relegation between the next level down.

Teams[edit]

Team Region
Coca-Cola West Red Sparks Fukuoka, Kyushu
Fukuoka Sanix Blues Fukuoka, Kyushu
Kintetsu Liners Osaka, Kansai
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers Hyogo, Kansai
NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes , Osaka
NEC Green Rockets Chiba, Kanto
NTT Shining Arcs Chiba, Chiba
Ricoh Black Rams Tokyo, Kanto
Sanyo Wild Knights Gunma, Kanto
Suntory Sungoliath Tokyo, Kanto
Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo, Kanto
Toyota Verblitz Aichi, Tokai
Honda Heat Suzuka, Mie
Yamaha Jubilo Shizuoka, Tokai

Regular season[edit]

Table[edit]

Top League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Suntory Sungoliath 13 12 0 1 512 278 +234 8 1 57
2 Toshiba Brave Lupus 13 11 0 2 475 173 +302 9 2 55
3 Sanyo Wild Knights 13 11 0 2 480 324 +156 8 1 53
4 NEC Green Rockets 13 8 0 5 349 314 +35 8 1 41
5 Kintetsu Liners 13 8 0 5 341 311 +30 5 2 39
6 Kobe Steelers 13 6 1 6 349 288 +61 7 5 38
7 Ricoh Black Rams 13 7 1 5 386 333 +53 7 1 38
8 Yamaha Jubilo 13 6 1 6 407 274 +133 6 3 35
9 NTT Shining Arcs 13 5 1 7 322 414 −92 6 2 30
10 Toyota Verblitz 13 5 0 8 341 323 +18 5 4 29
11 Fukuoka Sanix Blues 13 4 0 9 254 458 −204 7 2 25
12 NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 13 2 1 10 291 555 −264 5 0 15
13 Honda Heat 13 2 1 10 226 479 −253 2 1 13
14 Coca-Cola West Red Sparks 13 1 0 12 285 494 −209 3 5 12

 • The top 4 teams qualified to the title play-offs.
 • The top 4 teams also qualified for entry into the All-Japan Rugby Football Championship.
 • Teams 5 to 8 qualified for the wildcard play-offs for entry into the All-Japan Rugby Football Championship.
 • Teams 11 and 12 went through to the promotion and relegation play-offs against regional challengers.
 • Teams 13 and 14 were automatically relegated to regional leagues for 2012–13.

Source:The Rugby Archive[1]

Four points for a win, two for a draw, one bonus point for four tries or more (BP1) and one bonus point for losing by seven or less (BP2).
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
 • Difference between points for and against
 • Total number of points for
 • Number of matches won
 • Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
 • Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled

Fixtures and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]









Title play-offs[edit]

Top 4 sides of the regular season competed in the Microsoft Cup (2012) knock-out tournament to fight for the Top League title. The top 4 teams of 2011–12 were Suntory Sungoliath, Toshiba Brave Lupus, Sanyo Wild Knights, and NEC Green Rockets.

Semi-finals[edit]




Final[edit]



Wildcard play-offs[edit]

The Top League teams ranked 5th and 8th played-off, and the teams ranked 6th and 7th played-off, with the winners qualifying for the All-Japan Rugby Football Championship.




So Kobe and Yamaha progressed to the All-Japan Rugby Football Championship.

Top League Challenge Series[edit]

Canon Eagles and Kyuden Voltex won promotion to the 2012–13 Top League via the 2011–12 Top League Challenge Series, while Kubota Spears and Toyota Industries Shuttles progressed to the promotion play-offs.

Promotion and relegation play-offs[edit]

Two promotion/relegation matches (Irekaesen) were played. The Top League teams ranked 12th and 11th played-off against the Challenge 1 teams ranked 3rd and 4th respectively, for the right to be included in the Top League for the following season.




So Sanix and NTT Docomo remained in the Top League for the following season.

End of season awards[edit]

Award Winner
Tournament winner: Suntory Sungoliath
Fair Play award: Toshiba Brave Lupus
Best player of the season: Australia George Smith (Suntory Sungoliath)
Revelation of the season: Japan Michael Leitch (Toshiba Brave Lupus)
Most tries: Fiji Nemani Nadolo (NEC Green Rockets)
Most kicks: Japan Ayumu Goromaru (Yamaha Jubilo)
Best referee of the season: Japan Taizo Hirabayashi
Special prize: Japan Tomoaki Nakai (Toshiba Brave Lupus)
First player to 100 Top League appearances

2012/2013 Team of the Season

Pos Player Team
FB 15 Japan Ayumu Goromaru Yamaha Jubilo
RW 14 Japan Tomoki Kitagawa Sanyo Wild Knights
OC 13 South Africa Jaque Fourie Sanyo Wild Knights
IC 12 Japan Kosei Ono Fukuoka Sanix Blues
LW 11 Fiji Nemani Nadolo Sanyo Wild Knights
FH 10 Japan Yasumasa Shigemitsu Kintetsu Liners
SH 9 Japan Atsushi Hiwasa Suntory Sungoliath
N8 8 Japan Masato Toyoda Toshiba Brave Lupus
OF 7 Japan Michael Leitch Toshiba Brave Lupus
BF 6 Australia George Smith Suntory Sungoliath
RL 5 Japan Hitoshi Ono Toshiba Brave Lupus
LL 4 Australia Daniel Heenan Sanyo Wild Knights
TP 3 Japan Kensuke Hatakeyama Suntory Sungoliath
HK 2 Japan Shota Horie Sanyo Wild Knights
LP 1 Japan Hisateru Hirashima Kobelco Steelers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011/12 Top League". The Rugby Archive. 

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