2011 Super Rugby season

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2011 Super Rugby
Countries  Australia (5 teams)
 South Africa (5 teams)
 New Zealand (5 teams)
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions Australia Reds (1st title)
Matches played 125
Attendance 2,430,624 (19,445 per match)
Tries scored 559 (4.47 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Australia Quade Cooper (228)
Top try scorer(s) South Africa Bjorn Basson (9)
New Zealand Sean Maitland(9)
South Africa Sarel Pretorius (9)
Official website Official site
2010 (Previous) (Next) 2012

The 2011 Super Rugby season was the first season of the new 15-team format for the Super Rugby competition, which involved teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Including its past iterations as Super 12 and Super 14, this was the 16th season for the Southern Hemisphere's premier transnational club competition. The season kicked off in February 2011, with pre-season matches held from mid-January. It finished in early July to allow players a recovery period for the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in September and October; in future non-World Cup years, the competition will extend into August.

This season saw the arrival of the Melbourne Rebels, admitted to the competition as Australia's fifth team after entry by the Southern Kings from South Africa was denied. This was also the first season of a revamped competition format, with a greater focus on matches within each participating country and an expanded finals series.

During this season, the first ever Super Rugby game was played outside of the SANZAR region, taking place at Twickenham Stadium between the Crusaders and the Sharks. The match was moved to Twickenham because of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Proceeds of the game were also donated to the relief effort.

The final was played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane between the Queensland Reds and the Crusaders. The Reds won 18-13 to claim their first Super Rugby title.[1]

Competition format[edit]

Covering 21 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. With the new format, the regular season consisted of two types of matches:

  • Internal Conference Matches – Each team plays the other four teams in the same conference twice, home and away. (See table below for conferences.)
  • 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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Standings[edit]

Australian Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Australia Reds (Q) 18 13 0 3 2 429 309 +120 5 1 66
2 Australia Waratahs (Q) 18 10 0 6 2 398 252 +146 6 3 57
3 Australia Western Force 18 5 2 9 2 333 416 −83 0 5 37
4 Australia Brumbies 18 4 1 11 2 314 437 −123 3 4 33
5 Australia Rebels 18 3 0 13 2 281 570 −289 2 2 24


New Zealand Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders (Q) 18 11 1 4 2 436 273 +163 5 2 61
2 New Zealand Blues (Q) 18 10 1 5 2 405 335 +70 6 4 60
3 New Zealand Highlanders 18 8 0 8 2 296 343 −47 2 3 45
4 New Zealand Hurricanes 18 5 2 9 2 328 398 −70 5 5 42
5 New Zealand Chiefs 18 6 1 9 2 332 348 −16 2 4 40


South African Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Stormers (Q) 18 12 0 4 2 400 257 +143 4 3 63
2 South Africa Sharks (Q) 18 10 1 5 2 407 339 +68 6 1 57
3 South Africa Bulls 18 10 0 6 2 416 370 +46 3 3 54
4 South Africa Cheetahs 18 5 0 11 2 435 437 −2 5 7 40
5 South Africa Lions 18 3 1 12 2 351 477 −126 2 5 29


Overall Standings
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Australia Reds (Q) 18 13 0 3 2 429 309 +120 5 1 66
2 South Africa Stormers (Q) 18 12 0 4 2 400 257 +143 4 3 63
3 New Zealand Crusaders (Q) 18 11 1 4 2 436 273 +163 5 2 61
4 New Zealand Blues (Q) 18 10 1 5 2 405 335 +70 6 4 60
5 Australia Waratahs (Q) 18 10 0 6 2 398 252 +146 6 3 57
6 South Africa Sharks (Q) 18 10 1 5 2 407 339 +68 6 1 57
7 South Africa Bulls 18 10 0 6 2 416 370 +46 3 3 54
8 New Zealand Highlanders 18 8 0 8 2 296 343 −47 2 3 45
9 New Zealand Hurricanes 18 5 2 9 2 328 398 −70 5 5 42
10 New Zealand Chiefs 18 6 1 9 2 332 348 −16 2 4 40
11 South Africa Cheetahs 18 5 0 11 2 435 437 −2 5 7 40
12 Australia Western Force 18 5 2 9 2 333 416 −83 0 5 37
13 Australia Brumbies 18 4 1 11 2 314 437 −123 3 4 33
14 South Africa Lions 18 3 1 12 2 351 477 −126 2 5 29
15 Australia Rebels 18 3 0 13 2 281 570 −289 2 2 24


Source: NZ Herald

Legend:

  • 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, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points

Points breakdown:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 4 points for a bye
  • 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:[6][7]

  • 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, then overall points difference, then number of tries scored and then overall try difference

Notes:

Fixtures[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Byes: South Africa Stormers

Round 2[edit]

Byes: Australia Force

Round 3[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Hurricanes

Round 4[edit]

Byes: South Africa Bulls, Australia Reds, Australia Waratahs

Round 5[edit]

Byes: Australia Brumbies

Round 6[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Highlanders

Round 7[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Crusaders

Round 8[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Blues, New Zealand Chiefs, Australia Rebels

Round 9[edit]

Byes: South Africa Sharks

Round 10[edit]

Byes: Australia Brumbies, South Africa Cheetahs, South Africa Stormers

Round 11[edit]

Byes: South Africa Lions

Round 12[edit]

Byes: South Africa Bulls

Round 13[edit]

Byes: Australia Force, South Africa Sharks, Australia Waratahs

Round 14[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Highlanders, New Zealand Hurricanes, Australia Reds

Round 15[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Blues, New Zealand Chiefs, Australia Rebels

Round 16[edit]

Byes: New Zealand Crusaders

Round 17[edit]

Byes: South Africa Cheetahs

Round 18[edit]

Byes: South Africa Lions

Finals[edit]

Qualifying finals Semifinals Grand final
                             
  24 June 2011  
4  New Zealand Blues 26  
5  Australia Waratahs 13           2 July 2011      
        1  Australia Reds 30    
        4  New Zealand Blues 13     9 July 2011
                Australia Reds   18
            2 July 2011       New Zealand Crusaders   13
          2  South Africa Stormers 10    
  25 June 2011         3  New Zealand Crusaders 29    
  3  New Zealand Crusaders 36          
  6  South Africa Sharks 8          

Qualifiers[edit]

Qualifier 1
Qualifier 2
Byes: Australia Reds, South Africa Stormers

Semi-Finals[edit]

Semi-Final 1
Semi-Final 2

Final[edit]

Reds:
FB 15 Jono Lance
RW 14 Rodney Davies
CT 13 Anthony Fainga'a
SF 12 Ben Tapuai
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FF 10 Quade Cooper
HB 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Radike Samo
OF 7 Beau Robinson
BF 6 Scott Higginbotham
RL 5 James Horwill
LL 4 Rob Simmons
TP 3 Greg Holmes
HK 2 Saia Fainga'a
LP 1 Ben Daley
Substitutes:
HK 16 James Hanson
LP 17 Guy Shepherdson
RL 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison
N8 19 Jake Schatz
OF 20 Liam Gill
SH 21 Ian Prior
CT 22 Will Chambers
Coach:
Australia Ewen McKenzie
Crusaders:
FB 15 Tom Marshall
RW 14 Sean Maitland
CT 13 Robbie Fruean
SF 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Zac Guildford
FF 10 Dan Carter
HB 9 Andrew Ellis
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw
BF 6 George Whitelock
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Corey Flynn
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes:
HK 16 Quentin MacDonald
LP 17 Ben Franks
RL 18 Luke Romano
N8 19 Matt Todd
HB 20 Kahn Fotuali’i
FF 21 Matt Berquist
UB 22 Ryan Crotty
Coach:
New Zealand Todd Blackadder

Touch judges:
Australia Stuart Dickinson
New Zealand Vinny Munro
Television match official:
Australia George Ayoub

Player statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ i:  The match was cancelled and called a draw due to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iMtSXBfPfjd0hHgcOqskFzPQEUiA?docId=CNG.6c4645ce2c3aff875cec6a3515475b82.5e1
  2. ^ "How will the new Super Rugby format work?". Super XV. Sports Digital Media. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Super Rugby: Conferences". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ Smith, Wayne (29 January 2011). "Warming to sound of Supe". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Super Rugby: Finals Format". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  6. ^ "About Super XV Rugby". www.superxv.com. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Team with "Most Wins" will finish higher in Super Rugby". SANZAR. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Crusaders withdraw from Hurricanes match – draw declared" (Press release). New Zealand Rugby Union. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  9. ^ SA Rugby – Official Home of the Springboks

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