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 Reds v Sunwolves game (Attendance 11,057) on July 13, 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”
This Brodie Retallick vs Hanigan Incident (VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial moment during the New Zealand vs Australia Rugby Championship Test in Dunedin on August 26, 2017. Hanigan’s legs were on Retallick’s shoulders and as the Chiefs lock got up, the Wallabies flanker appeared to be spear tackled into the ground. Referee Nigel Owens however chose not to take any action after consultation with TMO Rowan Kitt, despite the protests of Australian skipper Michael Hooper Continue reading “Brodie Retallick vs Hanigan Incident Video- Retallick spear tackle on Ned Hanigan August 26 2017 Bledisloe”
This bad Andre Esterhuizen tackle on Naivalu saw the Sharks inside centre being sent off in their clash against the Rebels at Kings Park.
The Klerksdorp born No.12 has been an influential figure for the Sharks over the last couple of seasons after the departure of Frans Steyn and has formed a formidable centre pairing with Lukhanyo Am. He’s practically been playing non stop for the Sharks in the last year- the fans were asking for him to take a break, but perhaps not this way!
Esterhuizen has been banned for six weeks for this challenge Continue reading “Andre Esterhuizen tackle on Sefa Naivalu in Sharks-Rebels 2017 | Esterhuizen red card Video”
Some great skills, stepping and footwork from the Southern Kings’ Makazole Mapimpi as he turned Karmichael Hunt inside and outside for his try in the PE based outfit’s 47-34 loss to the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on 15 April, 2017 Continue reading “Makazole Mapimpi Karmichael Hunt Video Stepping- Mapimpi try vs Reds for Kings 2017 (VIDEO)”