2018 Super Rugby season

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2018 Super Rugby season
Countries Argentina (1 team)
Australia (4 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (4 teams)
Tournament format(s) Conference and knockout
Matches played 99
Tries scored 710 (7.17 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Robert du Preez, Sharks (173)
Top try scorer(s) Ben Lam, Hurricanes (14)
Official website Official site
2017 (Previous) (Next) 2019

The 2018 Super Rugby season is the 23rd season of Super Rugby, an annual rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR between teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. After two seasons in which 18 teams participated, the 2018 season reverted to a 15-team competition, consisting of three geographical conferences.

The South African Rugby Union announced that the Cheetahs and Southern Kings would be dropped for the 2018 season,[1] while the Australian Rugby Union, now known as Rugby Australia, announced the exclusion of the Force.[2]

Competition format

The 15 participating teams are divided into three geographical conferences: the Australian Conference (consisting of four Australian teams and the Japanese Sunwolves), the New Zealand Conference (consisting of five New Zealand teams), and the South African Conference (consisting of four South African teams and the Jaguares from Argentina).[3]

In the group stages, there are 18 rounds of matches, with each team playing 16 matches and having two rounds of byes, resulting in a total of 120 matches. Teams play eight inter-conference matches and eight cross-conference matches; they play all the other teams in their conference twice - once at home and once away - and play once against four of the teams in the other two conferences.

The top team in each of the three conferences qualify for the quarterfinals, as do the next five teams with the best records across the three conferences, known as wildcards. The conference winners and best wildcard team will host the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will progress to the semifinal, and the winners of the semifinals will advance to the final.[3]

Standings

The current standings for the 2018 Super Rugby season are:

2018 Super Rugby standings watch · edit · discuss
Overall standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 14 12 0 2 443 256 +187 64 33 6 0 54
2 South Africa Lions 14 8 0 6 457 392 +65 68 51 5 3 40
3 Australia Waratahs 13 7 1 5 418 354 +64 54 48 3 2 35
4 New Zealand Hurricanes 13 10 0 3 396 267 +129 54 32 4 1 45
5 New Zealand Highlanders 13 9 0 4 350 318 +32 46 42 3 1 40
6 New Zealand Chiefs 13 8 0 5 366 303 +63 47 37 3 2 37
7 Argentina Jaguares 13 8 0 5 340 341 −1 42 45 2 0 34
8 Australia Rebels 13 7 0 6 354 350 +4 49 46 5 1 34
9 South Africa Sharks 13 5 1 7 370 381 −11 43 50 2 4 28
10 South Africa Stormers 14 5 0 9 349 382 −33 42 52 0 5 25
11 Australia Brumbies 13 5 0 8 310 355 −45 43 43 2 3 25
12 South Africa Bulls 13 5 0 8 349 388 −39 47 49 2 2 24
13 Australia Reds 13 4 0 9 288 412 −124 36 56 0 3 19
14 New Zealand Blues 13 3 0 10 298 397 −99 39 50 1 4 17
15 Japan Sunwolves 13 2 0 11 310 502 −192 36 76 0 2 10
Australian Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Australia Waratahs 13 7 1 5 418 354 +64 54 48 3 2 35
2 Australia Rebels 13 7 0 6 354 350 +4 49 46 5 1 34
3 Australia Brumbies 13 5 0 8 310 355 −45 43 43 2 3 25
4 Australia Reds 13 4 0 9 288 412 −124 36 56 0 3 19
5 Japan Sunwolves 13 2 0 11 310 502 −192 36 76 0 2 10
New Zealand Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 14 12 0 2 443 256 +187 64 33 6 0 54
2 New Zealand Hurricanes 13 10 0 3 396 267 +129 54 32 4 1 45
3 New Zealand Highlanders 13 9 0 4 350 318 +32 46 42 3 1 40
4 New Zealand Chiefs 13 8 0 5 366 303 +63 47 37 3 2 37
5 New Zealand Blues 13 3 0 10 298 397 −99 39 50 1 4 17
South African Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Lions 14 8 0 6 457 392 +65 68 51 5 3 40
2 Argentina Jaguares 13 8 0 5 340 341 −1 42 45 2 0 34
3 South Africa Sharks 13 5 1 7 370 381 −11 43 50 2 4 28
4 South Africa Stormers 14 5 0 9 349 382 −33 42 52 0 5 25
5 South Africa Bulls 13 5 0 8 349 388 −39 47 49 2 2 24

Round-by-round

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets:

Team Progression – Australian Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 QF SF Final
Waratahs N/A 4
(7th)
6
(5th)
6
(8th)
10
(7th)
10
(9th)
14
(6th)
19
(6th)
24
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
25
(3rd)
26
(3rd)
31
(3rd)
31
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
Rebels N/A 5
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
15
(1st)
15
(2nd)
20
(1st)
20
(1st)
20
(3rd)
21
(6th)
21
(7th)
21
(7th)
21
(10th)
25
(7th)
25
(9th)
30
(8th)
34
(8th)
Brumbies N/A 4
(5th)
4
(8th)
4
(13th)
8
(11th)
8
(11th)
9
(11th)
14
(8th)
14
(9th)
15
(11th)
15
(13th)
15
(14th)
16
(14th)
16
(14th)
20
(12th)
25
(11th)
Reds N/A 0
(14th)
4
(11th)
8
(6th)
12
(4th)
13
(7th)
13
(8th)
13
(10th)
13
(12th)
13
(13th)
17
(12th)
17
(12th)
17
(12th)
18
(12th)
19
(13th)
19
(13th)
Sunwolves N/A 1
(12th)
1
(14th)
1
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
2
(15th)
6
(15th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – New Zealand Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 QF SF Final
Crusaders N/A 5
(3rd)
10
(3rd)
10
(4th)
10
(6th)
15
(3rd)
19
(4th)
24
(2nd)
24
(4th)
29
(2nd)
33
(1st)
38
(1st)
42
(1st)
46
(1st)
50
(1st)
54
(1st)
54
(1st)
Hurricanes N/A 1
(9th)
6
(4th)
10
(3rd)
10
(5th)
14
(4th)
19
(3rd)
23
(4th)
27
(1st)
27
(4th)
32
(4th)
36
(4th)
41
(4th)
45
(4th)
45
(4th)
45
(4th)
Highlanders N/A 4
(6th)
4
(7th)
9
(5th)
13
(3rd)
13
(6th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
19
(7th)
24
(6th)
28
(5th)
28
(5th)
32
(5th)
32
(6th)
36
(6th)
40
(5th)
Chiefs N/A 0
(13th)
4
(10th)
4
(12th)
8
(10th)
13
(5th)
17
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(5th)
26
(5th)
26
(6th)
27
(6th)
31
(6th)
32
(5th)
37
(5th)
37
(6th)
Blues N/A 1
(10th)
2
(13th)
6
(9th)
6
(12th)
6
(13th)
6
(14th)
7
(14th)
12
(14th)
12
(14th)
13
(14th)
17
(13th)
17
(13th)
17
(13th)
17
(14th)
17
(14th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – South African Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 QF SF Final
Lions 4
(4th)
9
(1st)
14
(1st)
15
(2nd)
19
(1st)
19
(2nd)
20
(2nd)
25
(1st)
25
(2nd)
30
(1st)
31
(2nd)
31
(2nd)
31
(2nd)
36
(2nd)
40
(2nd)
40
(2nd)
Jaguares 0
(15th)
0
(15th)
0
(15th)
4
(14th)
4
(14th)
8
(12th)
8
(13th)
8
(13th)
12
(13th)
16
(10th)
20
(8th)
24
(7th)
24
(8th)
29
(7th)
34
(7th)
34
(7th)
Sharks 1
(5th)
1
(11th)
3
(12th)
8
(7th)
9
(9th)
9
(10th)
13
(10th)
14
(9th)
14
(10th)
18
(9th)
18
(11th)
23
(8th)
24
(10th)
28
(8th)
28
(9th)
28
(9th)
Stormers 4
(1st)
5
(4th)
5
(6th)
5
(11th)
9
(8th)
13
(8th)
13
(9th)
13
(11th)
13
(11th)
14
(12th)
18
(10th)
22
(9th)
23
(11th)
24
(11th)
25
(10th)
25
(10th)
Bulls 0
(6th)
4
(8th)
4
(9th)
5
(10th)
5
(13th)
5
(14th)
9
(12th)
9
(12th)
14
(8th)
19
(8th)
20
(9th)
20
(11th)
24
(9th)
24
(10th)
24
(11th)
24
(12th)
Key: win draw loss bye

Matches

The fixtures for the 2018 Super Rugby competition were released on 21 September 2017.[5] The following matches will be played during the regular season:

Home \ Away BLU BRU BUL CHI CRU HIG HUR JAG LIO REB RED SHA STO SUN WAR
Blues 21–27 24–32 16–34 15–36 13–20 10–20 29 Jun 40–63
Brumbies 8–21 30 Jun 20–25 24–27 45–21 24–17 41–31 17–24
Bulls 28–38 28–29 21–19 7 Jul 35–49 28–10 39–33 33–23
Chiefs 21–19 7 Jul 41–28 20–34 27–22 13 Jul 19–23 39–27
Crusaders 14 Jul 33–14 45–23 6 Jul 24–13 45–28 33–11 31–29
Highlanders 41–34 43–17 30 Jun 25–17 30–14 39–27 14 Jul 33–15
Hurricanes 7 Jul 25–13 29–19 29–12 28–19 38–34 38–37 43–15
Jaguares 54–24 14–40 9–34 49–35 7–18 29–13 30 Jun 38–28
Lions 35–38 42–24 14 Jul 8–14 47–27 26–19 52–31 40–38
Rebels 33–10 10–55 19–50 22–25 45–19 46–14 40–13 29 Jun
Reds 18–10 20–14 12–36 15–18 27–22 6 Jul 13 Jul 41–52
Sharks 10–40 28–24 38–12 14 Jul 30 Jun 24–17 50–22 24–24
Stormers 37–20 29–17 9–15 28–20 23–26 34–18 25–19 7 Jul
Sunwolves 10–24 25–32 30 Jun 10–61 17–37 63–28 26–23 29–50
Waratahs 21–24 14 Jul 41–12 0–29 51–27 37–16 34–27 7 Jul
Updated to match(es) played on 3 June 2018. Source: http://images.supersport.co.za/content/Vodacom%20Super%20Rugby%202018%20Draw.pdf
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Finals

Qualifiers

Semifinals

Final

Players

Squads

The following 2018 Super Rugby squads have been named:

Top scorers

The top ten try and point scorers during the 2018 Super Rugby season are:[6]

Referees

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2018 Super Rugby season:[7]

References

  1. ^ "Future SA Vodacom Super Rugby franchises confirmed". South African Rugby Union. 7 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Western Force culled from Super Rugby competition". Daily Telegraph. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Sanzaar confirm Super 15 tournament from 2018". SuperXV. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "About Super Rugby". SANZAAR. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "2018 Super Rugby Match Schedule Announced" (Press release). SANZAAR. 21 September 2017. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Super Rugby Stats". SANZAAR. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Super Rugby Referee Team 2018" (Press release). SANZAAR. 29 January 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 

External links

  • Super Rugby websites:
    • Official Super Rugby website
    • Australia Super Rugby website
    • New Zealand Super Rugby website
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