Here are the official crowd figures for the 2018 Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri Nations) featuring New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Africa. Continue reading “TRC 2018 Crowds- Attendances for the 2018 Rugby Championship NZ Aus Argentina SA”
Here is the Super Rugby team of the year 2018, as officially announced by the competition’s governing body SANZAAR. Interestingly enough, the Crusaders, who successfully defended their crown, have only one representative- left winger George Bridge, thus showing that there were more of a “team” rather than depending on individual brilliance.
The Chiefs, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals, have four players- Brodie Retallick, Damien McKenzie, Anton Lienert Brown and Alaimalo. McKenzie was also named the Player of the Year. Continue reading “Super Rugby Team of the Year 2018- Best SR players 2018 season”
The offload has become an important attacking weapon in rugby these days. Offloads generally lead to unstructured defences which increases the probability of scoring a try.
All stats as of July 19, 2018 (at the end of the regular season, BEFORE the playoffs)
Which team has the most offloads in Super Rugby 2018?
At the end of the regular season, it’s surprisingly the Sharks from Durban who top this metric. The number of tries they’ve scored, however doesn’t make for great reading. The Sharks, interestingly also have the FEWEST team carries of any Super Rugby team (1689 in comparison to the highest 2045 from the Jaguares in the regular season)
Which team has scored the most tries in SR 2018?
At the end of the regular season, the Crusaders and Lions were joint top with 77 tries. The two were also No.1 and 2 on the Super Rugby table.
The Lions are the team with the fewest offloads in the regular season. Continue reading “Most Offloads in Super Rugby 2018 vs Tries scored- Team Stats comparison”
After a enthralling final day of Super Rugby that saw the Rebels narrowly lose to the Highlanders in Dunedin and the Sharks beating the Jaguares in Durban, here are our Super Rugby quarterfinalists for 2018.
Crusaders (1) v Sharks (8)
Hurricanes (4) v Chiefs (5)
Winners meet at the home of the higher seed
Lions (2) v Jaguares (7)
Waratahs (3) v Highlanders (6)
Winners meet at the home of the higher seed
An eventful penultimate round of Super Rugby saw some surprise results, with the Rebels, Jaguares and Sharks all losing their respective away clashes to the Reds, Bulls and Stormers respectively.
Which teams have already qualified for the Super Rugby 2018 playoffs?
Seven teams are definitely there- Crusaders, Waratahs, Lions, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Jaguares. The Jaguares will be making their first ever playoff appearance this season.
Who can still qualify for the playoffs?
Rebels and Sharks.
Mathematically yes, but unlikely- Brumbies
The Sharks are on 32 points, the Rebels on 35. Victory for the Rebels over the Highlanders in Dunedin will see Dave Wessels’ side qualify for the playoffs. The Sharks need to beat the Jaguares at home and hope that the Rebels lose to the Highlanders. Continue reading “Super Rugby Table After Round 18- Who can qualify for playoffs & which teams have qualified?”
Here are the attendance numbers for the Western Force for their new “World Series Rugby” tournament that began in Perth on 4 May, 2018.
The Force were culled from Super Rugby in 2018 as the Australian Conference was reduced to four teams. They will play Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Hong Kong and the Rebels and the Crusaders in a set of games. There will be a total of seven games played, all in Perth.
Here are the Australian 2018 Super Rugby attendance stats for comparison. At the time of writing, the Force’s average attendance for WSR is more than any Australian team’s average Super Rugby crowd.
Western Force vs Fiji 2018 Attendance 19,466 (Force 24-14 Fiji)
Western Force v Tonga 2018 Attendance 16,323 (Force 47-17 Tonga)
Force v Rebels 2018 Attendance 13,907 (Force 12-28 Rebels)
Force v Crusaders 2018 Attendance 14,259 (Force 8-44 Saders)
Force vs Samoa Apia 2018 Attendance 11,678 (Western Force 33-5 Apia)
Total Western Force Crowd WSR 2018:- 75,633
Average Western Force attendance WSR 2018:-15,127 (75,633/5)
We did this feature last year, and are doing it again for Super Rugby 2018. Here is a list of attendance stats for home games involving Australian Super Rugby clubs in the 2018 season. The Western Force are hosting their own set of games in World Series Rugby- their attendance numbers can be viewed here.
Please note that in many cases, especially the Waratahs, crowd figures are not officially revealed.
Last updated after Waratahs v Highlanders Quarterfinal game (Attendance 12,067) on July 21, 2018 Continue reading “Australia Super Rugby Attendance 2018- Stats and figures Crowds for Australian conference SR 2018”
This Folau vs Leyds Incident saw the Australian full back pull Springbok winger Leyds’ hair. Bok skipper Eben Etzebeth took exception to the incident and indulged in a scuffle on the sidelines. The referee penalised Folau for a high tackle, but the TMO, interestingly enough, when asked by the ref if he had seen anything on the sidelines, chose to say NO. Wallaby skipper Michael Hooper is also seen talking to O’Keefe about an “elbow” Continue reading “GIF Folau pulls Leyds hair Video 2017 | Etzebeth vs Folau Incident Bloemfontein Rugby Championship”
The South African national rugby union team suffered their biggest ever defeat in a competitive fixture as they were humbled 57-0 by New Zealand at the QBE Stadium in front of 30,021 fans on September 16, 2017.
This Bok defeat saw Allister Coetzee’s men humbled by 57 points, beating the previous record loss that England inflicted upon them (53-3) back in 2002 (the game where the Boks had Jannes Labuschagne sent off). However the Springboks played for the full 80 with fifteen men.
The Springboks’ heaviest defeat at home also came with Coetzee in charge last year, when they lost 57-15 in Durban in October 2016. Continue reading “List of Worst Springbok Losses | Biggest margins of defeat for South Africa rugby”
Here are the official crowds for the 2017 edition of the Rugby Championship, the annual tournament featuring Southern Hemisphere quartet Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It was previously known as the Tri Nations before changing its name to the Rugby Championship following Argentina’s introduction.
Last updated after Argentina vs Australia on 8 October, 2017 Continue reading “The Rugby Championship 2017 Attendances- TRC 2017 Tri Nations Crowds”