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2016 Super Rugby Final

2016 Super Rugby score 2016 final Hurricanes 19 Lions 3
Event2016 Super Rugby season
Date6 August 2016
VenueWestpac Stadium, Wellington
RefereeGlen Jackson (New Zealand)
Attendance39,000
2015
2017

The 2016 Super Rugby Final was played between the Hurricanes and the Lions. It was the 21st final in the Super Rugby competition's history and the first under the expanded 18-team format. The Hurricanes had qualified in first place of the log standings during the regular season, while the Lions had qualified in second place. Both teams hosted quarter-final and semi-final matches. In the quarter-finals the Hurricanes beat the Sharks while the Lions beat the record Super rugby winners Crusaders. For the semi-finals it was the Hurricanes defeating fellow New Zealand team Chiefs in Wellington and the Lions defeating New Zealand team Highlanders in Johannesburg. Because of being the higher placed team in the regular season log standings, the final was held in Wellington.

The Final attracted a crowd attendance of 39,000.[1]

Road to the Final

Finals Series qualifying teams
Pos Team W D L PD BP Pts
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 11 0 4 +144 9 53
2 South Africa Lions 11 0 4 +186 8 52
3 South Africa Stormers 10 1 4 +166 9 51
4 Australia Brumbies 10 0 5 +99 3 43
Wildcard teams
5 New Zealand Highlanders 11 0 4 +149 8 52
6 New Zealand Chiefs 11 0 4 +150 7 51
7 New Zealand Crusaders 11 0 4 +170 6 50
8 South Africa Sharks 9 1 5 +91 5 43
Source: SANZAAR [2][3]

The 2016 Super Rugby competition involved an expanded 18-team format. The 18 teams were grouped geographically in two regional groups, each consisting of two conferences: the Australasian Group, with five teams in the Australian Conference and five teams in the New Zealand Conference and the South African Group, with six South African teams, one Argentinean team and one Japanese team split into a four-team Africa 1 Conference and a four-team Africa 2 Conference.[4] The four conference winners qualified for the Quarter Finals, where they had home ground advantage against the four wildcard teams, made up of the third to fifth placed teams in the Australasian Group and the third placed team in the South African Group.

In the quarter-finals, there were wins for Highlanders over the Brumbies, Hurricanes beat Sharks while keeping them with no points, Lions beat Crusaders and Chiefs triumphing over Stormers. In the semi-finals, the Hurricanes defeated Chiefs in Wellington and the Lions defeated Highlanders in Johannesburg. The Hurricanes won their first title by defeating Lions.

The play-off fixtures were as follows:

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 July - Wellington
 
 
Hurricanes41
 
30 July - Wellington
 
Sharks0
 
Hurricanes25
 
23 July - Cape Town
 
Chiefs9
 
Stormers21
 
6 August - Wellington
 
Chiefs60
 
Hurricanes20
 
23 July - Johannesburg
 
Lions3
 
Lions42
 
30 July - Johannesburg
 
Crusaders25
 
Lions42
 
22 July - Canberra
 
Highlanders30
 
Brumbies9
 
 
Highlanders15
 

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Summary

The Hurricanes won their first Super Rugby title with a dominant 20-3 win over the Lions in Wellington with tries from Cory Jane and man-of-the-match Beauden Barrett. Victor Vito celebrated his 100th and final match for the Wellington-based side in style. Tries were difficult to get with the wet, cold and windy weather conditions with both tries scored off Lions mistakes and Barrett chipped in with 10 points from the boot with two conversions and two penalties to spark tumultuous scenes in the packed stadium. The Lions were unable to find a way to unlock the Hurricanes defence, while Elton Jantjies had a forgettable night in front of goal, scoring only one of his three kicks. The match began with Jantjies missing an early penalty and Jane had a try disallowed in the 6th minute after the TMO ruled correctly that Brad Shields had knocked-on in the build-up. The veteran winger was not to be denied for long, in the 22nd minute when the Hurricanes defence again proved its worth causing Jantjies to throw a wild pass under pressure in his own 22, forcing Lionel Mapoe to make a clearing kick, but the ball went straight to Jane, who raced in to score at the corner. Barrett slotted the conversion to add to the earlier 11th-minute penalty to give the Hurricanes a 10-0 lead. Jantjies reduced the deficit with a penalty three minutes later.[18][19]

Barrett extended his side's lead to 13-3 with another penalty midway through the second half. The match was effectively ended as a contest 11 minutes from full-time when the Lions botched a lineout clearance close to their own line. Replacement hooker Ricky Riccitelli hacked the ball on and the fly-half pounced on it inside the Lions in-goal area for his side's second try making Hurricanes to become the fifth New Zealand side to be crowned Super champions having previously lost both the 2006 and 2015 finals as well as being five times beaten semi-finalists.[20]

Details

6 August 2016
19:35
Hurricanes 20-3 Lions
Try: Cory Jane Try 22
Beauden Barrett Try 69
Con: Beauden Barrett Kick 23'70' (2/2)
Pen: Beauden Barrett Kick 12'52' (2/2)
Drop: Beauden Barrett (0/1)
James Marshall (0/1)
Report
Scoreboard[21]
Pen: Elton Jantjies Kick 26' (1/3)
Hurricanes
Lions
Hurricanes:
FB 15 James Marshall
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Matt Proctor
IC 12 Willis Halaholo Substituted off 50
LW 11 Jason Woodward Substituted off 70
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 TJ Perenara Substituted off 77
N8 8 Victor Vito
OF 7 Ardie Savea
BF 6 Brad Shields Substituted off 74
LL 5 Michael Fatialofa Substituted off 74
RL 4 Vaea Fifita
TP 3 Ben May Substituted off 52
HK 2 Dane Coles (c) Substituted off 43 Substituted in 57 Substituted off 60
LP 1 Loni Uhila Substituted off 76
Substitutes:
HK 16 Ricky Riccitelli Substituted in 43 Substituted off 57 Substituted in 60
PR 17 Chris Eves Substituted in 52
PR 18 Mike Kainga Substituted in 76
LK 19 Mark Abbott Substituted in 74
FL 20 Callum Gibbins Substituted in 74
FL 21 Jamison Gibson-Park Substituted in 77
SH 22 Vince Aso Substituted in 50
WG 23 Julian Savea Substituted in 70
Coach:
New Zealand Chris Boyd
Lions:
FB 15 Andries Coetzee Substituted off 70
RW 14 Ruan Combrinck
OC 13 Lionel Mapoe
IC 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg Substituted off 57 Substituted in 65 Substituted off 74
LW 11 Courtnall Skosan
FH 10 Elton Jantjies
SH 9 Faf de Klerk Substituted off 68
N8 8 Warren Whiteley (c) Substituted off 70
BF 7 Warwick Tecklenburg
OF 6 Jaco Kriel
LL 5 Franco Mostert
RL 4 Andries Ferreira Substituted off 74
TP 3 Julian Redelinghuys Substituted off 74
HK 2 Malcolm Marx Substituted off 70
LP 1 Dylan Smith Substituted off 70
Substitutes:
HK 16 Akker van der Merwe Substituted in 70
PR 17 Corné Fourie Substituted in 70
PR 18 Jacques van Rooyen Substituted in 74
LK 19 Lourens Erasmus Substituted in 74
FL 20 Ruan Ackermann Substituted in 70
SH 21 Ross Cronjé Substituted in 68
FH 22 Howard Mnisi Substituted in 57 Substituted off 65 Substituted in 74
WG 23 Jaco van der Walt  | Substituted in 70
Coach:
South Africa Johan Ackermann

Man of the Match:
Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)

Assistant Referees:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

References

  1. ^ "HURRICANES BEAT LIONS TO WIN FIRST SUPER RUGBY TITLE". Hurricanes. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Super Rugby - Official SANZAAR Site". SANZAAR. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "About Super Rugby". SANZAAR. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Outline of the Super Rugby competition structure" (PDF). All Blacks. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "QF1: Brumbies 9 Highlanders 15". SANZAAR. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Brumbies 9-15 Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ @BrumbiesRugby (23 July 2016). "Thanks to the Official Crowd of 8559 who braved the conditions at GIO Stadium tonight! #BRUvHIG" (Tweet). Retrieved 2016 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "QF2: Hurricanes 41 Sharks 0". SANZAAR. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Hurricanes 41-0 Cell C Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "QF3: Lions 45 Crusaders 25". SANZAAR. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Emirates Lions 42-25 Crusaders". South African Rugby Union. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "QF4: Stormers 21 Chiefs 60". SANZAAR. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - DHL Stormers 21-60 Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "SF1: Hurricanes 25 Chiefs 9". SANZAAR. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Hurricanes 25-9 Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "SF2: Lions 42 Highlanders 30". SANZAAR. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Emirates Lions 42-30 Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Hurricanes outclass Lions to win Super Rugby". sport24.co.za. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "Super Rugby: Hurricanes win maiden title". news.com.au. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ "Hurricanes beat Lions 20-3 in Super Rugby final to win first title". abc.net.au. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Hurricanes 20-3 Emirates Lions". South African Rugby Union. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
Preceded by
2015 Super Rugby Final
Super Rugby Final
2016
Succeeded by

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