Super 10 (rugby union)

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Super 10
Topsport Super 10 logo.svg
Top Sport Super 10 logo used from 1993
Sport Rugby union football
Inaugural season 1993
Replaced by Super12 (1996)
Number of teams 10
Country Australia (2 teams)
New Zealand (4 teams)
South Africa (3 teams)
Tonga (1995)
Western Samoa (1993–94)
Holders Queensland (1995)
Most titles Queensland (2 titles)
Broadcast partner
Related competition

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

Super 10 Trophy

History[edit]

The Super 10 replaced the Super 6 and the previous South Pacific Championship and CANZ Series 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. That 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 (1928–1994).svg
Transvaal
20 – 17 Flag of New Zealand.svg
Auckland
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Queensland
21 – 10 Flag of South Africa.svg
Natal
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Queensland
30 – 16 Flag of South Africa.svg
Transvaal

Format[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 season[edit]

1993 Super 10 season
Date 3 April – 22 May 1993
Champions Transvaal (1st title)
Runners-up Auckland
Matches played 21

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 Natal, along with Transvaal and Northern Transvaal. Samoa were the representatives from the Pacific Tri-Series.[1]

Pool A[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pool A standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Auckland 4 4 0 0 125 59 +66 16 6 0 0 16
2 South Africa Natal 4 3 0 1 129 63 +66 16 4 0 0 12
3  Western Samoa 4 2 0 2 80 113 −33 8 15 0 0 8
4 Australia Queensland 4 1 0 3 75 89 −14 6 8 0 1 5
5 New Zealand Otago 4 0 0 4 63 148 −85 9 22 0 0 0
Auckland progressed to the final.

Matches[edit]

Pool B[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pool B standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Transvaal 4 4 0 0 121 53 +68 9 2 0 0 16
2 Australia New South Wales 4 2 0 2 57 84 −27 4 10 0 1 9
3 South Africa Northern Transvaal 4 2 0 2 109 109 0 12 7 0 0 8
4 New Zealand North Harbour 4 1 0 3 82 99 −17 5 9 0 2 6
5 New Zealand Waikato 4 1 0 3 75 99 −24 7 9 0 0 5
Transvaal progressed to the final.

Matches[edit]

Final[edit]

1994 season[edit]

1994 Super 10 season
Date 31 March – 14 May 1993
Champions Queensland (1st title)
Runners-up Natal
Matches played 21

For the second edition of the competition, 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 Natal and Eastern Province. Samoa were the representatives from the Pacific Tri-Series.[2]

Pool A[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pool A standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Australia Queensland 4 3 0 1 93 54 +39 0 1 13
2 New Zealand North Harbour 4 3 0 1 83 59 +24 0 1 13
3 New Zealand Otago 4 2 0 2 119 109 +10 0 1 9
4 South Africa Transvaal 4 2 0 2 95 74 +21 0 0 8
5 South Africa Eastern Province 4 0 0 4 70 164 −94 0 0 0
Queensland progressed to the final.

Matches[edit]

Pool B[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pool B standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Natal 4 4 0 0 92 62 +30 0 0 16
2 Australia New South Wales 4 3 0 1 90 58 +32 0 0 12
3  Western Samoa 4 2 0 2 96 102 −6 0 1 9
4 New Zealand Auckland 4 1 0 3 71 61 +10 0 3 7
5 New Zealand Waikato 4 0 0 4 66 132 −66 0 1 1
Natal progressed to the final.

Matches[edit]

Final[edit]

1995 season[edit]

1995 Super 10 season
Date 3 March – 8 April 1995
Champions Queensland (2nd title)
Runners-up Transvaal
Matches played 21

For the third edition of the competition, 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 Free State. Tonga were the representatives from the Pacific Tri-Series.[3]

Pool A[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pool A standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Transvaal 4 3 0 1 78 65 +13 0 1 13
2 Australia New South Wales 4 2 1 1 78 64 +14 0 1 11
3 South Africa Western Province 4 2 0 2 99 106 −7 0 1 9
4 New Zealand Otago 4 2 0 2 102 91 +11 0 0 8
5 New Zealand North Harbour 4 0 1 3 69 100 −31 0 2 4
Transvaal progressed to the final.

Matches[edit]

Pool B[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pool B standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Australia Queensland 4 4 0 0 116 48 +68 0 0 16
1 South Africa Free State 4 3 0 1 85 91 −6 0 0 12
4 New Zealand Auckland 4 2 0 2 94 99 −5 0 1 9
5 New Zealand Canterbury 4 1 0 3 138 98 +40 0 2 6
3  Tonga 4 0 0 4 62 159 −97 0 1 1
Queensland progressed to the final.

Matches[edit]

Final[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super 10 1993". Rugby Archive. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Super 10 1994". Rugby Archive. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Super 10 1995". Rugby Archive. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  • McIlraith, Matt (2005). Ten Years of Super 12. Auckland, New Zealand: Hodder Moa. ISBN 1-86971-025-8.