Australia Super Rugby Attendance 2018- Stats and figures Crowds for Australian conference SR 2018

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”

Brumbies 24-17 Sharks Analysis, Ratings and Match Report | Esterhuizen injured, Poor Sharks go down in Brisbane

The Natal Sharks’ indifferent start to the 2018 Super Rugby season continued as they slumped to a 24-17 loss to the Brumbies at GIO Stadium. The Brumbies, like the Sharks, had only won against the Sunwolves going into this game and had been beaten by both the Rebels and the Reds. This therefore looked like a good place for potential points for Rob du Preez Snr’s men, with the Sharks having won 27-22 at the same stadium in Round 2 last year.

The Sharks were hit by the late withdrawal of Beast Mtawarira, the loosehead who seems to have stepped up a major level in the Natal jersey this season, necessitating the promotion of Juan Schoeman to No.1 and Mzamo Majola to the bench.

The Brumbies scored the only try of the first half through Lausii Taliauli. While Curwin Bosch showed some improvement in his one on one tackling in this game, his defence for the Taliauli is not something he will rememember very fondly. Another piece of non existent tackling from Mapimpi saw Speight score early in the second half, and while the Sharks hit back through tries to Du Toit and Bosch, they could only take a losing bonus point home.

The Sharks were their own worst enemies, failing to make their opportunities count. Their ball handling was atrocious and decision making was poor- giving away pressure releasing penalties in the opposition 22, messing up their own scrums and lineouts in crucial attacking positions– the list goes on and on. The Brumbies lost 2 players to the sin bin, and the Sharks were only able to score seven points in those 20 minutes, and that too after several attempts at the rolling maul.

The scrum, with Thomas du Toit at 3 experiment continuing, was penalised a number of times in the first half by Glen Jackson. The pack seemed ruderless, with the loose trio in particular, looking CC quality at best. Tera Mtembu was guilty of some errors at crucial points of the game, and the difference Jean-Luc du Preez made when he came on to the field was enormous. The Sharks replacement front row (Majola, Ralepelle and Meyer) didn’t enjoy much success either, and were on the wrong side of Jackson’s whistle.

The Brumbies weren’t very flash either, but they got the job done. They had the worst kicking percentage in Super Rugby this year among the Australian sides going into this game, but Wharenui Hawera had a stellar evening with the boot, nailing five of his six kicks to keep the home side ahead.

The Sharks’ only real piece of good play came for Bosch’s late try, the only time a backline move seemed to come off, and it gave them one bonus point. Also, worryingly for them, they lost Andre Esterhuizen to injury in the second half, and RdP Snr. will be hoping that his influential inside centre isn’t out for too long.

Ratings: The loosies had a bad day, with no one in the pack, except for Jean-Luc really playing at the level they should’ve been. JL is a Springbok, and the difference between his carrying, and that of his teammates, was quite something. The Sharks seem to be missing the intimidating presence of Etienne Oosthuizen at 4. A disappointing evening for the No.8 Mtembu, who hasn’t made the most of his opportunities in the last two games. Most of the team today could probably be summed up in three words- clumsy, lethargic and lacking passion. At this rate, it will be a long Super Rugby season.

Video Lukhanyo Am Try vs Brumbies 2017 (ACT 22-27 Sharks) | Curwin Bosch kick

Natal Sharks outside centre Lukhanyo Am lived up to his name “Lucky” as Curwin Bosch’s kick sat up perfectly for him to score the winning try for the Durban outfit against the ACT Brumbies on 4 March, 2017. The scores were tied at 22-22 when Am scored the try in the 81st minute Continue reading “Video Lukhanyo Am Try vs Brumbies 2017 (ACT 22-27 Sharks) | Curwin Bosch kick”

Super Rugby 2016 Quarterfinals Confirmed- Lions v Crusaders & Canes v Sharks in Playoffs

The Playoff lineup for Super Rugby 2016 (effectively the quarterfinals with eight teams in it) has been determined and last season’s champions the Highlanders will travel to Canberra to take on Australian leaders the Brumbies. South African conference winners the Lions will host the Crusaders while the table topping Hurricanes will square off against the Sharks in Wellington. Dave Rennie’s Chiefs will have to make the long trip to Cape Town to take on the Stormers, who have not faced a single Kiwi side in this year’s competition Continue reading “Super Rugby 2016 Quarterfinals Confirmed- Lions v Crusaders & Canes v Sharks in Playoffs”

ACT Brumbies 52-10 Wellington Hurricanes Video Highlights & Tries February 26 2016

Last season’s regular league champions the Hurricanes get thumped 52-10 by the Brumbies in their 2016 Super Rugby opener on 26 February, 2016 Continue reading “ACT Brumbies 52-10 Wellington Hurricanes Video Highlights & Tries February 26 2016”