2006 Super 14 Season
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2006 Super 14 Season

2006 Super 14
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
ChampionsNew Zealand Crusaders (6th title)
Matches played94
Attendance2,321,833 (24,700 per match)
Tries scored447 (4.76 per match)
Top point scorer(s)New Zealand Daniel Carter (221)
(Crusaders)
Top try scorer(s)Samoa Lome Fa'atau (10)
(Hurricanes)
2005 (Previous) (Next) 2007 ->

The 2006 Super 14 season started on Friday 10 February 2006. The Grand Final was held on Saturday 27 May 2006. Super 14 is a provincial rugby union competition with 14 teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. This season was the first of the expansion, which saw two new teams, the Western Force and the Cheetahs, join the Super 12/14. The addition of two new teams led to the name change from the Super 12. It was also the first year for a new Super 14 trophy.

At the start of round one, the Crusaders were the favourite to win this year's title 1[permanent dead link] with a return of A$3.25 for every $1 bet. The Blues were second favourite with a return of A$4.75 for every $1 bet and the Waratahs were third with a return of A$5.00 for every $1 bet. The Cats were favourites for the wooden spoon. These figures are the final odds.

The season saw the first joint commercial by the three SANZAR unions since 1996. The commercial was filmed in Ukraine and is set in a laundromat. The ad was attempting to draw interest, with the motto More teams, more games and more excitement at the end of the commercial. One player from each of the 14 teams was present, except for the Waratahs. A local extra named "Ouri" filled the role of Mat Rogers who injured his back in a test match for the Wallabies against Wales.

By the end of round twelve, critics began speculating that the pre-season favourites, the Crusaders, were losing their form after a draw against the winless Western Force and then a shock loss to the Stormers.[1] However they bounced back against the Bulls with a 4 try bonus point victory. After a few results fell in their favour they were able to comfortably beat the Brumbies, and finished for the second consecutive season on top of the ladder. The Crusaders won the Super 14 after defeating the Hurricanes in Christchurch in the final, 19-12 in misty conditions. There was 94 matches held over three and a half months, with each team playing one full round robin against the 13 other teams and the playoffs involving two semi-finals and a final. Every team got one bye over the 14 rounds.

Table

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 13 11 1 1 412 210 202 5 51
2 New Zealand Hurricanes 13 10 0 3 328 226 102 7 47
3 Australia Waratahs 13 9 0 4 362 192 170 9 45
4 South Africa Bulls 13 7 1 5 355 290 65 7 38
5 South Africa Sharks 13 7 0 6 361 297 64 10 38
6 Australia Brumbies 13 8 1 4 326 269 57 4 38
7 New Zealand Chiefs 13 7 1 5 325 298 27 6 36
8 New Zealand Blues 13 6 0 7 290 344 −54 5 29
9 New Zealand Highlanders 13 6 0 7 228 276 −48 3 27
10 South Africa Cheetahs 13 5 0 8 272 367 −95 7 27
11 South Africa Stormers 13 4 1 8 263 334 −71 5 23
12 Australia Reds 13 4 0 9 240 320 −80 6 22
13 South Africa Cats 13 2 1 10 220 405 −185 5 15
14 Australia Force 13 1 2 10 223 373 −150 4 12

South African relegation

Originally, the fifth-place South African side was to be replaced by the Spears, who were initially planned to compete in the 2007 and 2008 competitions. However, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) revisited the decision to admit the Spears, and announced on 19 April 2006 that the Spears would not enter the competition.[1]

On 5 August 2006, the High Court of South Africa threw a potential monkey wrench into the 2007 season when it issued its ruling in the Spears' legal challenge to the decision. It ruled that the Spears had a valid contract with SA Rugby, the commercial arm of SARU, to be included in the 2007 and 2008 Super 14. SA Rugby and SARU are expected to appeal the decision.[2] If the Spears win their court challenge, the Lions, the new name for the Cats, will be relegated for 2007 and will play a test match with the lowest South African team on the 2007 ladder, other than the Spears, for a place in the 2008 competition.

On 8 September 2006, the Golden Lions Rugby Union, the company that operates the Cats franchise, announced that the franchise would be known in the future as the Lions.[3]

Player statistics

Leading try scorers

Top 3 try scorers
Pos Name Tries Pld Team
1 Lome Fa'atau 10 14 Hurricanes
2 Stirling Mortlock 9 13 Brumbies
3 Scott Staniforth 9 13 Force

Leading point scorers

Top 3 overall point scorers
Pos Name Points Pld Team
1 Daniel Carter 221 14 Crusaders
2 Peter Hewat 191 14 Waratahs
3 Stephen Donald 133 13 Chiefs

Results

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

Finals

Semi finals

19 May 2006
19:35
Hurricanes New Zealand 16 – 14 Australia NSW Waratahs
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 34,500
20 May 2006
19:35
Crusaders New Zealand 35 – 15 South Africa Bulls
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 24,000

Grand final

27 May 2006
19:35
Crusaders New Zealand 19 – 12 New Zealand Hurricanes
Tries: Laulala 62'
Cons: Carter 63'
Pens: Carter (4), 32',37', 46', 69'
Tries:
Cons:
Pens: Weepu 14', Holwell 44', Gopperth (2) 56', 70'
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 36,500
Referee: South Africa Jonathan Kaplan

Attendances

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
New Zealand Blues Eden Park 50,000 149,081 24,846 54%
New Zealand Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800 104,407 14,915 59%
New Zealand Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500 174,778 24,968 75%
New Zealand Crusaders Jade Stadium 36,500 231,888 25,765 76%
New Zealand Highlanders Carisbrook 29,000 64,902 10,817 39%
Australia Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500 149,504 21,357 43%
Australia Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 124,816 17,830 71%
Australia Western Force Subiaco Oval 43,500 170,207 28,367 65%
Australia Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000 179,577 29,929 68%
South Africa Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000 167,491 27,915 53%
South Africa Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,762 271,797 38,828 75%
South Africa Cats Ellis Park 62,567 179,972 21,662 34%
South Africa Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000 111,256 15,893 38%
South Africa Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900 242,157 34,593 66%

See also

References

  1. ^ "It is official: Spears shafted" Archived 9 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, RugbyRugby.com, 19 April 2006
  2. ^ "Southern Spears get okay to compete in Super 14". Pretoria News. 5 August 2006. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  3. ^ "From Cats to Lions ... the new look". Planet Rugby. 8 September 2006. Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Retrieved 2006.

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