1997 Super 12 Season
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1997 Super 12 Season

1997 Super 12
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsNew Zealand Auckland Blues (2nd title)
Matches played69
Top point scorer(s)South Africa Gavin Lawless (170)
( Sharks)
Top try scorer(s)Australia Joe Roff (16)
(ACT Brumbies)
1996 (Previous) (Next) 1998 ->

The 1997 Super 12 season was the second season of the Super 12, contested by rugby union teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from 28 February to 31 May 1997, with each team playing all the others once. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams entered the playoff semi finals, with the first placed team playing the fourth and the second placed team playing the third. The winner of each semi final qualified for the final, which was contested by the Auckland Blues and the ACT Brumbies at Eden Park, Auckland. The Auckland Blues won 23 – 7 to win their second Super 12 title.

While the three Australian and five New Zealand teams remained the same as the 1996 season, the South African teams made changes. Transvaal, after the changes of the political landscape of South Africa, became known as the Gauteng Lions, while Western Province, after not making the top four of the 1996 Currie Cup, were replaced by Free State of Bloemfontein.

Table

     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Pos. Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 New Zealand Auckland Blues 11 10 1 0 435 283 152 8 50
2 Australia ACT Brumbies 11 8 0 3 406 291 115 9 41
3 New Zealand Wellington Hurricanes 11 6 0 5 416 314 102 10 34
4 South Africa Sharks 11 5 2 4 321 350 −29 6 30
5 South Africa Gauteng Lions 11 5 1 5 302 346 −44 6 28
6 New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders 11 5 1 5 272 235 37 4 26
7 South Africa Free State 11 5 0 6 301 327 −26 5 25
8 South Africa Northern Transvaal 11 3 3 5 264 342 −78 4 22
9 Australia NSW Waratahs 11 4 0 7 255 296 −41 4 20
10 Australia Queensland Reds 11 4 0 7 263 318 −55 4 20
11 New Zealand Waikato Chiefs 11 4 0 7 272 295 −23 3 19
12 New Zealand Otago Highlanders 11 3 0 8 299 409 −110 5 17

Points breakdown:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
  • 1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

The play offs follow a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system with the highest placed team at home

Regular season

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

Round 12

Finals

Semi finals


Grand final

31 May 1997
Auckland Blues New Zealand 23 – 7 Australia ACT Brumbies
Try: Dowd, Jones
Con: Cashmore (2)
Pen: Cashmore (3)
Try: Roff
Con: Roff

Attendances

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
New Zealand Blues Eden Park 50,000
New Zealand Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800
New Zealand Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500
New Zealand Crusaders Jade Stadium 36,500
New Zealand Highlanders Carisbrook 29,000
Australia Reds Ballymore Stadium 18,000 73,968 14,793 82%
Australia Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011
Australia Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000
South Africa Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000
South Africa Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,762
South Africa Cats Ellis Park 62,567
South Africa Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000

Notes and references

Further reading

  • McIlraith, M. (2005).Ten Years of Super 12, Auckland: Hodder Moa. ISBN 1-86971-025-8
  1. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Wellington Hurricanes 18-23 The Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 28 February 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Queensland Reds 19-24 Australian Capital Territories Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 1 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Blue Bulls 40-40 Auckland Blues". South African Rugby Union. 1 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Free State 20-24 Gauteng Lions". South African Rugby Union. 2 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Free State 15-24 Auckland Blues". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Canterbury Crusaders 19-17 Wellington Hurricanes". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - New South Wales Waratahs 26-33 The Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Natal Sharks 75-43 Otago Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Blue Bulls 14-3 Queensland Reds". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Gauteng Lions 44-36 Australian Capital Territories Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 1997. Retrieved 2016.

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