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2016 Australian Super Rugby Matches – How it really played out

2016 Australian Super Rugby Matches – How it really played out

The season is finally over for Aussie teams. I’m not one who is normally happy about that, but this season has been horrendous to say the least. That’s not just for my Rebels but Australian Rugby on a whole.

Delving a little deeper into 2016 though, how did the Aussie conference as a whole match up within itself, and then against New Zealand and South Africa?

The results are in and to be fair they are not great looking.

Aidan Toua and a very jubliant Jordan Smiler join in the celebrations folowing Joe Tomane's try.

Australian Matches

Team Played Won Lost Draw
Brumbies 6 6 0 0
Rebels 6 5 1 0
Waratahs 6 3 3 0
Force 6 1 5 0
Reds 6 0 6 0

So the  Australian conference played out fairly interestingly – the Brumbies blossomed in the inter-conference derbies and did not drop a game against Australian opposition.

The Rebels came in second with the win over the Tahs in Sydney, although they did have the benefit of only playing the Waratahs and Brumbies once while securing doubles over the Force and Reds in 2016.

The Waratahs who drew the Brumbies twice, only managed to knock up a 50% record with wins over the Force and a double over the Reds.

The Force struck out only facing the struggling Reds once, who in turn did not manage a win in inter-conference games.

Now for the other conferences.

Photo courtesy of Keith McInnes

Photo courtesy of Keith McInnes


New Zealand Matches against Australian Teams

Team Played Won Lost Draw
Crusaders 5 5 0 0
Blues 5 4 0 1
Chiefs 5 4 1 0
Hurricanes 5 4 1 0
Highlanders 5 4 1 0

When you thought losing to England 3 nil was bad, the NZ conference just made things worse.

21.5 to 3.5 in favour of the kiwis, they really did dominate the season.

When you consider that the Crusaders finished 4th and the Blues 5th in the New Zealand conference had the best records against Australian teams, the Crusaders didn’t lose a game against Australian opposition. The Blues also didn’t drop a game but had a draw against the Reds.

The Reds did have the best result with a win and draw. While the Brumbies and Tahs each had one win, the Rebels and Force dropped all five games to New Zealand teams.

This needs to change in 2017 if Australia plan on getting two teams into the finals.

Jacobus van Wyk - scoring his runaway try - second of two

Jacobus van Wyk – scoring his runaway try – second of two against the Force

South  African Matches against Australian Teams

Team Played Won Lost Draw
Stormers 5 4 1 0
Bulls 5 3 2 0
Cheetahs 5 1 4 0
Sunwolves 5 0 5 0

Some light at the end of the tunnel, a winning record against the South African conference 12-8, but when you remove the Sunwolves it’s actually 8-7 to South Africa. All things considered I would not expect much to change next season when facing the other conference, the Argies may improve but South African rugby is on a downward spiral.

The Stormers finished with the best record from the South African sides only losing the one game to the Waratahs.

The Bulls came in second with a mixed bag losing to both the Tahs and Brumbies on the road.

The Cheetahs only managed the one win against the Force and we won’t talk about the struggling Sunwolves.

The end verdict is that New Zealand currently has got the upper hand on Australia and will take some catching in 2017. It really does not matter how the South African conference plays out anymore as we compete for 3 runners up positions and the Australian teams will need a improved performance in 2017.

  • Nick

    Was this an historically excellent season for NZ teams or was everyone else just bad?

    • Kevino

      Will try go through previous years, but have two less Derbies obviously helped there cause.

      • Nick

        Yeah I forgot about that.

    • I think NZ got the (marginally) weaker SA conference with the Kings and (surprisingly disappointing) Jaguares. Although they got some brutal travel schedules in there. I mean the Cheetahs and the Sunwolves vs the Kings and the Jaguares… it’s close run but I think they were worse.

      But, also, I think NZ by and large avoided the post-RWC drop.

      The ‘Canes and the ‘Saders were the two most likely to suffer, but the ‘Saders have coped well when Carter and McCaw are unavailable for various reasons. Losing Slade as well just meant the next 10 off the line stepped up, and if you think of all of Carter’s understudies over the years we really shouldn’t be surprised that Moanga turned out to be a yet another potential All Black in the making. Whitelock just stepped into McCaw’s shoes full time and given he played there so much last year, it looked completely seamless. He’s probably behind Cane and Savea for a reason but sometimes I’m not sure why. The ‘Canes lost probably the dominant 12-13 partnership of the last decade if not ever. Their current players aren’t to the same standard as Nonu and Smith (who is?) but if you look at the ‘Canes record they’re no slouches either. You don’t go to Christchurch and put that big a walloping on the Crusaders at home with a bad midfield pairing. Having Beauden Barrett playing like a man possessed and screaming out to the world he’s the best 10 in New Zealand these days probably doesn’t hurt them mind.

      SA, Australia and Argentina: their Super Rugby franchises and national sides, look appreciably weaker than last year to the eye. They’re dropping passes more often, they’re making poorer choices in attack and defence and so on. The replacements for the players that moved on are lacking experience – which isn’t their fault – but it permeates the team with less sureness of hand and foot and greater fragility or so it seems. Not so under the long white cloud for whatever reason.

      • Nick

        Thanks for a very thorough response!

  • Kokonutcreme

    This year every NZ and Australian team met each other during the season which differed from Super 15 when there were more local derbies so at least two teams didn’t play inter conference games each year.

    There has been less contact with African conference teams this year which has helped and hurt rugby in the competition.

    Is this year for Aussie rugby an anomaly? An isolated event? It’s unusual that at least one team hasn’t enjoyed a positive ledger against Kiwi opposition in a season.

    The strength of the Kiwi franchises this year is unprecedented, in the early years of Super rugby there was always one strong team and occasionally a second but usually the rest were mid table or below. Then after the first expansion in 2006 there were regularly two strong Kiwi teams, three strong teams regularly from 2011 and now four possibly five.

    In comparison the number of strong SA and AU franchises per year have remained unchanged.

    AU – two strong sides, SA – two sometimes three strong sides.

    There are various reasons discussed as to why and I don’t pretend to know the answer.

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