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Australia Super Rugby Attendances 2020- List of SR Crowds Australian Conference (including Sunwolves)

Here is the list of crowds for Australian conference games during the 2020 Super Rugby season. The Australian conference consists of five teams- four from Australia (Waratahs, Reds, Brumbies, Rebels) and one from Japan (Sunwolves). Last updated after Brumbies v Highlanders (Attendance 7,270) on 15 Feb, 2020

Brumbies 2020 Super Rugby Crowd

Brumbies vs Reds 2020 attendance 7,436 (Brumbies 27-24 Reds on 31 January, 2020)
Brumbies vs Rebels 2020 Attendance 7,098 (Brumbies 39-26 Rebels on 7 February, 2020)
Brumbies vs Highlanders 2020 Attendance 7,270 (ACT 22-23 Otago on 15 February, 2020)

Sunwolves SR 2020 Crowd

Sunwolves vs Rebels 2020 Attendance 10,426 (Sunwolves 36-27 Rebels on 31 January, 2020)
Sunwolves v Chiefs 2020 Attendance 18,708 (Sunwolves 17-43 Chiefs on 15 February, 2020)

Waratahs 2020 Super Rugby Attendances

Waratahs vs Blues Attendance 2020 7,491 (Tahs 12-32 Auckland Blues on 8 February, 2020)

Rebels 2020 SR attendance

Rebels v Tahs Attendance NOT ANNOUNCED 2020 (Rebels 24-10 Waratahs on 14 February, 2020)

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Key Talking Points- Springboks 32-12 England Rugby World Cup Final 2019

South Africa became the first team to lose a group stage game and win the Rugby World Cup after beating England 32-12 in Yokohama. The Boks defied history to claim their third World Cup crown, putting them equal with New Zealand and keeping the title in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here we take a look at five key reasons why the Springboks won

Dan Cole becomes another Phil Vickery: England were dealt a blow early in the game when tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler walked off due to concussion after a collision with Maro Itoje. It meant Dan Cole had to play nearly 78 minutes, and he suffered the same fate that befell Phil Vickery in the first Lions test ten years ago- domination at the hands of Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira.

The Springbok scrum had the English one backpedalling on several occasions (despite being 20 kgs lighter) and thanks to the trusty boot of Handre Pollard, kept adding points whenever Jerome Garces blew a penalty their way- nearly 12 points came from scrum penalties.

Cheslin Kolbe’s early tackle on Courtney Lawes: England were restricted to their own half for the first ten minutes, and couldn’t build the quick start they normally desire. On one occasion with the Boks 3-0 up, England had a 5 on 2 overlap, but Cheslin Kolbe executed a brilliant tackle on the much larger Courtney Lawes. England managed to take three points from a ruck penalty, but it should’ve been seven, but for Kolbe, who is so integral to the Bok blitz defence, and implements his role perfectly.

Farrell’s missed kick at 15-9: England started the second half much, much better than they did the first one, and Owen Farrell, normally a very reliable kicker, had the opportunity to reduce the gap to three points. However he missed a relatively easy kick by his standards and instead of it becoming 15-12, the Boks pounced at the other end to make it 18-9, and the game was effectively over then, with England needing two scores to overhaul the Boks.

The brilliance of Duane Vermeulen: The Springbok 8thman has probably been the Player of the Decade for them, and put in a Man of the Match performance for them. He earned them breakdown penalties, was instrumental in the massive 20 odd phases of defending on the own line that the Boks did against Vunipola, Tuilagi and co. around the half hour mark, and was also the brains of a midfield maul move that took England by surprise, and earned them a penalty that put them two scores ahead.

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Two fantastic tries for the Boks: The Springboks have often been accused of playing ten man rugby, but both their tries in this game were fantastic- Lukhanyo Am’s no-look pass to Makazole Mapimpi for the first, and Kolbe’s individual brilliance, leaving Owen Farrell eating grass, for the second.

As Warren Gatland had predicted, England perhaps played their World Cup final a week before against the All Blacks, and the Boks, with their six man forward bench, were too big and strong for Eddie Jones’ side, and thoroughly deserved winners.

Highlanders 20-42 Sharks | Durban side begin tour with win in Dunedin

The Sharks began their tour on a winning note as they upset the Highlanders 42-20 in Dunedin. Lukhanyo Am’s side, coming off a 23-15 opening round win against the Bulls in Durban, were lethal on the counter as the Highlanders struggled to cope with the speed and skill of the visitors’ loose forwards and back three.

Sharks No.8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe produced two game breaking offloads, both resulting in tries for Springbok winger Makazole Mapimpi while openside flanker James Venter also showed his speed as he raced to the tryline after the Highlanders had failed to collect Louis Schreuder’s up and under. Venter was also a nuisance at the breakdown, something the Sharks have lacked since the departure of Marcell Coetzee to Ulster.

The Sharks went 27-3 ahead at the break, and another penalty from flyhalf Curwin Bosch made it 30-3 before the Highlanders hit back through two quickfire tries. At 30-15, the Sharks seemed to be in danger of undoing all their hard work before Aphelele Fassi’s try brought them some breathing space. Michael Collins scored another for the Highlanders in reply after some superb work on the touchline from Te Ariki Ben-Nicholas, but Fassi’s second, again scored against the run of play, sealed a well deserved 42-20 win for the Durbanites.

The 5 try to 3 scoreline meant the Sharks did not get a try bonus point, but it was nevertheless an impressive performance.

Rugby Treading a Fine Line with its Global Image

There probably isn’t a hotter topic in rugby globally right now than funding.

Whether it’s English Premiership club Saracens and their punishment for breaching salary cap rules, or the controversial signing of Israel Folau by Super League side Catalans Dragons, the sport undoubtedly cares about its image in both Hemispheres. Continue reading “Rugby Treading a Fine Line with its Global Image”

Can SBW help Toronto to stay up?

Toronto Wolfpack are ready to embark on their maiden Super League campaign in just the third year of their existence as a professional club. The Canadian team were outstanding last season to earn promotion to the top division, winning the RFL Championship by beating Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game. Brian McDermott’s men lost only one of their 29 games in the campaign, dominating the majority of their opponents to earn their way into the big time. Continue reading “Can SBW help Toronto to stay up?”

1995, 2007 and 2019 (?)- Springboks take on England in World Cup final

South Africa will be looking to win their third Rugby World Cup title when they square off against England in the final in Yokohama later today. The odds are perhaps against the Springboks- no team has won the Rugby Championship and the World Cup in the same year (SA won the 2019 RC), and no team has won the World Cup after losing a game in pool play (the Boks have already lost to New Zealand). However their previous two titles came in 1995 and 2007, and going by the twelve year gap between those trophies, this might well be their evening.

England will be favourites for this clash- they’ve already beaten Argentina, Australia and New Zealand in this tournament, and beating the Boks will see Eddie Jones’ side achieve the Southern Hemisphere “Grand Slam”- perhaps the toughest path to a title win since the Boks in 1995. Jones will also become the first foreign coach to win a World Cup- all previous winners have had a manager native to their country.

Jones, not surprisingly, has chosen to name an unchanged XV- keeping faith with the side that dismantled the All Blacks in the semi-final. There’s only one injury enforced change on the bench, with Ben Spencer coming in for Willi Heinz.

England squad vs South Africa

The Springboks have one change- influential winger Cheslin Kolbe returns from his ankle injury to take his spot in the XV ahead of Sbu Nkosi. Apart from his attacking influence and capability under the high ball, Kolbe is also very good on defence- his decisions on the rush defence system have been fantastic, and it’s been a big reason for the Boks’ fine showing defensively. Continue reading “1995, 2007 and 2019 (?)- Springboks take on England in World Cup final”

Frans Steyn Racist or not? Steyn Mapimpi Video After Italy Match Rugby World Cup 2019

This incident involving Frans Steyn and Makazole Mapimpi has seen allegations of racism being levied against the Springbok centre. After the end of South Africa’s 49-3 win over the Azzurri, Mapimpi appeared to walk towards a bunch of Bok players, but then walks away, with Steyn and his team mates involved in a huddle. Allegedly, the hug from Steyn was for only substitute players (Mapimpi is a starter), and the wing later clarified on social media that there should be no conclusions of racism drawn Continue reading “Frans Steyn Racist or not? Steyn Mapimpi Video After Italy Match Rugby World Cup 2019”

Sharks 2020 Super Rugby Fixtures- Details of Tour & SR 2020 Schedule for Natal Sharks

The Super Rugby fixtures for 2020 have been officially released, and the Sharks appear to have drawn the short end of the stick. In what will be a rebuilding season for the men from Durban after the departure of Robert du Preez and his three sons as well as several other first team players, they’ve been given a really tough draw.

Against which team do the Sharks start the 2020 Super Rugby season?

The Natal Sharks’ first game of the 2020 SR season is against the Blue Bulls at home on January 31, 2020

Which teams will the Sharks be playing on tour in the 2020 Super Rugby season?

The Sharks will be playing the Highlanders, Hurricanes, Rebels and Reds on their tour.

Which Kiwi sides are the Sharks playing in the 2020 Super Rugby season?

The Sharks will play the Highlanders (A- February 7), Hurricanes (A- February 15), Chiefs (H- March 21) and Crusaders (H- May 23) in 2020.

Which Australian sides will the Durban Sharks be playing in SR 2020?

The Sharks will be playing the Rebels (A- February 22), Reds (A- February 29), Waratahs (H-April 11) and Brumbies (H- April 25)

Why is this a difficult Super Rugby draw for the Sharks?

The schedule isn’t easy- a four week tour starting in week 2, and finishing off with games against Jaguares (A), Bulls (A) and Crusaders (H). The last round of fixtures is also a bye for them.

2020 Sharks Super Rugby Fixtures

Video Nico Lee vs Colby Faingaa Incident- Lee blows snot into Faingaa’s face- 13 week suspension

This Nico Lee Colby Faingaa Incident (VIDEO BELOW) saw the Cheetahs back receive a 13 week suspension for clearing contents from his nose onto the face of Connacht’s Colby Fainga’a. A puke worthy incident that has no place on the rugby pitch! Continue reading “Video Nico Lee vs Colby Faingaa Incident- Lee blows snot into Faingaa’s face- 13 week suspension”

Longest ever touch finder in rugby union?- Facundo Munilla kick for Spain vs Georgia 2019

This was some touch finder from Spain’s Facundo Munilla against Georgia- effectively a length of the field kick aided by the wind. Was near his own try line when he kicked the ball, and it goes around 99 metres to the other end! Continue reading “Longest ever touch finder in rugby union?- Facundo Munilla kick for Spain vs Georgia 2019”