2014 Super Rugby Draw

Steve Lenthall October 8, 2013 22

No GravatarThe draw for the 2014 Super Rugby competition has been released, with the tournament kicking off on February 15 in South Africa. The Australian and New Zealand teams won’t start until until February 22.

The first games for the Aussie sides see the Brumbies taking on the Reds in Canberra and the Waratahs playing the Force in Sydney on a Sunday afternoon, while the Rebels have the bye meaning their first game is not until February 28.

The 2013 grand final replay between the Brumbies and Chiefs will be played in Canberra on ANZAC Day.

The tournament takes a break after round 16 for the incoming Test series and resumes in late June with the finals series beginning on July 18 and the final due to be played on August 2.

The full list of fixtures can be found here


Note: All times shown as local

BRUMBIES

Round 1 – N/A
Round 2 – 22/2 Reds, Canberra – 19:40
Round 3 – 1/3 Force, Perth – 19:00
Round 4 – 7/3 Hurricanes, Away TBC – 19:35
Round 5 – 15/3 Waratahs, Canberra – 19:40
Round 6 – 22/3 Stormers, Canberra – 19:40
Round 7 – 28/3 Rebels, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 8 – 4/4 Blues, Canberra – 19:40
Round 9 – 11/4 Reds, Brisbane – 19:40
Round 10 – Bye
Round 11 – 25/4 Chiefs, Canberra – 17:40
Round 12 – 3/5 Crusaders, Christchurch – 16:35
Round 13 – 10/5 Sharks, Canberra – 19:40
Round 14 – 17/5 Cheetahs, Bloemfontein – 19:10
Round 15 – 24/5 Bulls, Pretoria – 19:10
Round 16 – 31/5 Rebels, Canberra – 19:40
Round 17 – 28/6 Waratahs, ANZ, Sydney – 19:40
Round 18 – Bye
Round 19 – 11/7 Force, Canberra, 19:40

MELBOURNE REBELS

Round 1 – N/A
Round 2 – Bye
Round 3 – 28/2 Cheetahs – Melbourne – 19:40
Round 4 – 8/3 Force, Perth – 16:40
Round 5 – 14/3 Crusaders, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 6 – 21/3 Waratahs, Sydney – 19:40
Round 7 – 28/3 Brumbies, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 8 – 4/4 Highlanders, Dunedin – 19:40
Round 9 – 12/4 Chiefs, Hamilton – 19:35
Round 10 – 18/4 Force, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 11 – Bye
Round 12 – 2/5 Sharks, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 13 – 9/5 Hurricanes, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 14 – 17/5 Reds, Brisbane – 19:40
Round 15 – 23/5 Waratahs, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 16 – 31/5 Brumbies, Canberra – 19:40
Round 17 – 27/6 Reds, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 18 – 4/7 Lions, Johannesburg – 19:10
Round 19 – 11/7 Bulls, Pretoria – 19:10

NSW WARATAHS

Round 1 – N/A
Round 2 – 23/2 Force, Sydney – 16:05
Round 3 – 1/3 Reds, ANZ, Sydney – 19:40
Round 4 – Bye
Round 5 – 15/3 Brumbies, Canberra – 19:40
Round 6 – 21/3 Rebels, Sydney – 19:40
Round 7 – 29/3 Sharks, Durban – 17:05
Round 8 – 5/4 Stormers, Cape Town – 19:10
Round 9 – 12/4 Force, Perth – 17:40
Round 10 – 19/4 Bulls, Sydney – 19:40
Round 11 – 25/4 Blues, Auckland – 17:35
Round 12 – 3/5 Hurricanes, Sydney – 19:40
Round 13 – Bye
Round 14 – 18/5 Lions, Sydney – 16:05
Round 15 – 23/5 Rebels, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 16 – 31/5 Chiefs, Away TBC – 16:35
Round 17 – 28/6 Brumbies, ANZ, Sydney – 19:40
Round 18 – 6/7 Highlanders, Sydney – 16:05
Round 19 – 12/7 Reds, Brisbane – 19:40

QUEENSLAND REDS

Round 1 – N/A
Round 2 – 22/2 Brumbies, Canberra – 19:40
Round 3 – 1/3 Waratahs, ANZ, Sydney – 19:40
Round 4 – 7/3 Cheetahs, Brisbane – 18:40
Round 5 – 15/3 Sharks, Durban – 17:05
Round 6 – 22/3 Lions, Johannesburg – 17:05
Round 7 – 29/3 Stormers, Brisbane – 18:40
Round 8 – 5/4 Force, Brisbane – 18:40
Round 9 – 11/4 Brumbies, Brisbane – 19:40
Round 10 – Bye
Round 11 – 26/4 Hurricanes, Away TBC – 19:35
Round 12 – 2/5 Blues, Auckland – 19:35
Round 13 – 11/5 Crusaders, Brisbane – 16:05
Round 14 – 17/5 Rebels, Brisbane – 19:40
Round 15 – Bye
Round 16 – 30/5 Highlanders, Brisbane – 19:40
Round 17 – 27/6 Rebels, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 18 – 5/7 Force, Perth – 17:40
Round 19 – 12/7 Waratahs, Brisbane – 19:40

WESTERN FORCE

Round 1 – N/A
Round 2 – 23/2 Waratahs, Sydney – 16:05
Round 3 – 1/3 Brumbies, Perth – 19:00
Round 4 – 8/3 Rebels, Perth – 16:40
Round 5 – 15/3 Highlanders, Dunedin – 19:35
Round 6 – 22/3 Chiefs, Perth – 19:00
Round 7 – Bye
Round 8 – 5/4 Reds, Brisbane, 19:40
Round 9 – 12/4 Waratahs, Perth – 17:40
Round 10 – 18/4 Rebels, Melbourne – 19:40
Round 11 – 26/4 Bulls, Perth – 17:40
Round 12 – Bye
Round 13 – 10/5 Cheetahs, Bloemfontein – 17:05
Round 14 – 17/5 Stormers, Cape Town – 17:05
Round 15 – 24/5 Lions, Perth – 17:40
Round 16 – 30/5 Crusaders, Christchurch – 19:35
Round 17 – 28/6 Blues, Perth – 19:45
Round 18 – 5/7 Reds, Perth – 17:40
Round 19 – 11/7 Brumbies, Canberra – 19:40

Discussion

  • Dally M

    So no Cheetah’s or Crusaders for the Tah’s & some very average touring sides for their home games will make it hard for them to get the numbers back up for the home games.

    • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Steve Lenthall

      True, but they do have some afternoon games to help with that

    • Patrick

      Would have thought they would take the wins!! They look a good chance to be massive flat-track bullies this year (I think it will take Foley another year to convert them into real finalists).

      • Dally M

        I’m sure they would, but decent opposition brings in more of the casual fans & they need to get the crowds up to have some atmosphere at the games.

        If the rumoured starting lineup that Cheika wants takes the field is true & they can remain healthy i reckon they will make the finals:
        1. Robinson
        2. TPN
        3. Kepu
        4. Douglas
        5. Potgeiter
        6. Dennis
        7. Hooper
        8. Palu
        9. Phipps
        10. Foley
        11. Crawford
        12. AAC
        13. Folau
        14. Betham
        15. Beale

        • The Rant

          Like it, like it, like it. Though AAC has never been his best at 12, but with age creeping up it might be an ok position for him. Take a leaf out of de villiers book. Horne also a good 12 option after the last super season.
          Be interesting to see what kind of 13 folau will be. Good back three if Beale’s head is where it should be.

      • Hawko

        Do you mean Foley the flyhalf or Foley the coach of the Western Force?If they play to their potential they will score a lot of bonus points this year and win a lot of home games. That will help the Sydney crowds, the city loves to jump on a bandwagon.

        • Patrick

          haha I did mean Cheika. I agree with your comments.

  • Matt James

    As a Reds fan I think we have a great draw.

    No Chiefs or Bulls.
    Saders, Cheetahs and Stormers are all at home.
    No overseas matches are that daunting. The Blues, Canes and Lions are beatable and Sharks were poor this year.

    I am only left worrying about the Brumbies and Tahs away.

    • Jimmy

      And our new coach.

    • Wilson

      good draw overall but a tough start, 2 away derbies a home game then straight off to SA

    • John Hawkins

      The Sharks will have Jake White as coaching director, they won’t be poor this year.

    • Tahtastic

      Don’t think many teams will be worrying too much about playing the Reds! Brisbane or otherwise!

      • BloodRed

        boooooooo

    • ScrumJunkie

      …and your bogey team the Force.

  • brumby runner

    Brumbies finish with the Force again, but this time at home. Looking for a better result than last game this year.

    • Colm

      The return of Pocock will really be like a new signing again. Hope to see him back in good shape next year and remaining injury free.

  • Ryphon

    Force copping 2 separate trips to NZ again.

  • Rugby Tragic

    Apparently the Stormers will play the Crusaders, Chiefs, Brumbies and Reds (4 2013 Finals teams) 4 weeks in a row on their Australiasian tour.
    And they had the audacity to complain about it. What sooks.

    • Hawko

      I’d be complaining about a road trip like that too! Two wins out of that lot would be a terrific result.

  • Guest

    Great work on the lack of travel for the Tahs. Two games in SA, one in Perth, remainder on the east and NZ.

  • Hawko

    1, The Reds have a horror first half and could conceivably go to the bye with only two or three wins. The second half looks better for them but they might be out of contention by then. They do miss the Chiefs and the Bulls, which are normally difficult games, though the Bulls will be rebuilding in 2014.
    2. By comparison, the Brumbies have completely the opposite – easy first half with most of their difficult games in the second half. The five game streak playing the Chiefs (H), Crusaders (A), Sharks (H) against Jake, Cheetahs (A), Bulls (A), will decide their season. They miss the Highlanders and Lions that they would expect to win, possibly with BP’s.
    3. The Tahs have a very hard SA/Perth road trip and another batch of difficult games starting round 16 but their draw looks particularly good and I fancy them for top two. They miss the Crusaders and their bogey team, the Cheetahs.
    4. The Force look to have a reasonable draw too and miss the Sharks and the Hurricanes. The downside is two trips to NZ, both to the South Island and that means a lot of travel and a four/five hour time differential. They look to be the darkhorse of the Aussie conference.
    5. Late start and only one bye will hurt the Rebels, as will the final two games in SA at altitude. Two batches of five tough games will test them. They do miss the Blues and the Stormers, so that’s a positive.

    • brumby runner

      Not a good draw for the Force as far as NZ goes. Don’t those who put the draw together realise how far WA is from the shaky isles? It would seem to me that the Force would benefit from a two match tour to NZ perhaps combined with a game against one of the eastern states teams. But probably just illustrates how difficult the competition is for a team based so far from the rest of the franchises.

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