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2016 Super Rugby Season

2016 Super Rugby season
CountriesArgentina (1 team)
Australia (5 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (6 teams)
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsHurricanes (1st title)
Matches played142
Tries scored910 (6.41 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Beauden Barrett (223)
Top try scorer(s)Israel Folau (11)
Official websiteOfficial site
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The 2016 Super Rugby season was the 21st season of Super Rugby and the first season featuring an expanded 18-team format. It was also the first season that teams outside Australia, New Zealand and South Africa featured, with the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from Japan taking part. This season also saw the return of the Kings, who competed just once before, in the 2013 Super Rugby season.[1] The round-robin games took place every weekend from 26 February to 16 July 2016 (with a break for international matches during June), followed by the finals series at the end of July and culminating in the final on 6 August.

The Hurricanes won their first championship after repeating their efforts of 2015 by finishing first in the regular season and hosting the final at Westpac Stadium, but this time they won, beating the Lions 20-3. Unlike 2015, where the Hurricanes looked likely to finish the regular season first with a number of rounds to go, they were sitting in seventh going into the final week of the regular season and while guaranteed a play-off spot, they required a number of upset results to elevate them to first. In particular the Lions losing to the Jaguares and scoring no match points after sending an under-strength side to Argentina, thereby losing their chance to host the final.

Competition 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.[2]

In the group stages, there were 17 rounds of matches, where each team played 15 matches and had two rounds of byes for a total of 135 matches.

Teams played six intra-conference matches; in the four-team African Conferences, each team played the other three teams in their conference at home and away, while in the five-team Australasian Conferences, each team played two teams home and away and once against the other two teams (one at home and one away). The other nine matches were a single round of matches against each team in the other conference in their group, as well as against each team from one of the conferences in the other group. For 2016, the teams in Africa 1 played the teams in the Australian Conference, while the teams in Africa 2 played the teams in the New Zealand Conference.

The top team in each of the four conferences automatically qualified to the Quarter Finals. The next top three teams in the Australasian Group and the next top team in the South African group also qualified to the Quarter Finals as wildcards. The conference winners were seeded #1 to #4 for the Quarter Finals, in order of log points gained during the group stages, while the wildcards were seeded as #5 to #8 in order of log points gained during the group stages.

In the Quarter Finals, the conference winners hosted the first round of the finals, with the highest-seeded conference winner hosting the fourth-seeded wildcard entry, the second-seeded conference winner hosting the third-seeded wildcard entry, the third-seeded conference winner hosting the second-seeded wildcard entry and the fourth-seeded conference winner hosting the top-seed wildcard entry.

The Quarter Final winners progressed to the Semi-Finals, where the highest seed to reach the Semi-Finals hosted the lowest seed and the second-seeded semi-finalist hosted the third-seeded team.

The winners of the Semi-Finals progressed to the Final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.

Standings

The final standings for the 2016 Super Rugby season are:[3][4]

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Australasian Group
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 458 314 +144 61 37 7 2 53
2 Australia Brumbies 15 10 0 5 425 326 +99 56 40 3 0 43
3 New Zealand Highlanders 15 11 0 4 422 273 +149 50 28 4 4 52
4 New Zealand Chiefs 15 11 0 4 491 341 +150 68 39 6 1 51
5 New Zealand Crusaders 15 11 0 4 487 317 +170 65 40 5 1 50
6 Australia Waratahs 15 8 0 7 413 317 +96 55 37 4 4 40
7 New Zealand Blues 15 8 1 6 374 380 -6 45 47 2 3 39
8 Australia Rebels 15 7 0 8 365 486 -121 46 65 2 1 31
9 Australia Reds 15 3 1 11 290 458 -168 33 57 0 3 17
10 Australia Western Force 15 2 0 13 260 441 -181 25 60 0 5 13
South African Group
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Lions 15 11 0 4 535 349 +186 71 42 7 1 52
2 South Africa Stormers 15 10 1 4 440 274 +166 49 28 5 4 51
3 South Africa Sharks 15 9 1 5 360 269 +91 40 30 2 3 43
4 South Africa Bulls 15 9 1 5 399 339 +60 47 37 4 0 42
5 Argentina Jaguares 15 4 0 11 376 427 -51 44 51 1 5 22
6 South Africa Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 377 425 -48 47 48 1 4 21
7 South Africa Southern Kings 15 2 0 13 282 684 -402 34 95 1 0 9
8 Japan Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 293 627 -334 33 88 0 3 9

Matches

The fixtures for the 2016 Super Rugby competition were released on 28 September 2015:[6] The following matches were played during the regular season:

Team Progression - Australasian Group
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 QF SF Final
Hurricanes 0
(10th)
1
(9th)
5
(9th)
10
(6th)
15
(4th)
15
(6th)
20
(5th)
25
(4th)
26
(4th)
31
(4th)
31
(5th)
36
(5th)
36
(5th)
40
(4th)
44
(4th)
48
(5th)
53
(1st)
Won Won Won
Brumbies 5
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
13
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
21
(6th)
21
(6th)
25
(2nd)
29
(6th)
29
(6th)
34
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
43
(2nd)
Lost N/A N/A
Highlanders 1
(6th)
5
(6th)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
18
(3rd)
22
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(5th)
24
(5th)
28
(5th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
37
(4th)
38
(5th)
43
(5th)
48
(4th)
52
(3rd)
Won Lost N/A
Chiefs 4
(2nd)
5
(5th)
10
(2nd)
14
(1st)
19
(1st)
24
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
33
(1st)
37
(1st)
37
(3rd)
37
(3rd)
42
(1st)
42
(3rd)
46
(1st)
51
(1st)
51
(4th)
Won Lost N/A
Crusaders 1
(7th)
5
(2nd)
5
(5th)
10
(5th)
14
(5th)
18
(4th)
22
(4th)
27
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
37
(1st)
37
(1st)
41
(3rd)
45
(1st)
45
(3rd)
50
(3rd)
50
(5th)
Lost N/A N/A
Waratahs 5
(3rd)
5
(4th)
5
(6th)
6
(8th)
10
(7th)
11
(7th)
11
(8th)
12
(8th)
17
(7th)
21
(7th)
25
(6th)
30
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
34
(6th)
39
(6th)
39
(6th)
40
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Blues 4
(5th)
4
(7th)
5
(8th)
7
(7th)
7
(8th)
11
(8th)
12
(7th)
16
(7th)
16
(8th)
20
(8th)
25
(7th)
25
(7th)
29
(7th)
30
(7th)
30
(7th)
35
(7th)
39
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Rebels 4
(4th)
4
(8th)
8
(4th)
13
(4th)
13
(6th)
17
(5th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
22
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(8th)
23
(8th)
23
(8th)
27
(8th)
27
(8th)
27
(8th)
31
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds 0
(9th)
0
(10th)
1
(10th)
3
(10th)
4
(10th)
4
(10th)
8
(9th)
8
(9th)
8
(9th)
12
(9th)
12
(9th)
12
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
17
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Force 1
(8th)
5
(3rd)
5
(7th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
10
(10th)
10
(10th)
11
(10th)
12
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression - South African Group
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 QF SF Final
Lions 5
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
18
(2nd)
22
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
32
(1st)
37
(1st)
42
(1st)
47
(1st)
52
(1st)
52
(1st)
Won Won Lost
Stormers 5
(2nd)
9
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(1st)
18
(1st)
23
(1st)
24
(1st)
28
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
31
(2nd)
32
(4th)
36
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
46
(2nd)
51
(2nd)
Lost N/A N/A
Sharks 5
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
15
(1st)
16
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(4th)
17
(4th)
21
(4th)
22
(4th)
26
(4th)
30
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
39
(3rd)
43
(3rd)
Lost N/A N/A
Bulls 0
(7th)
4
(5th)
4
(6th)
6
(4th)
10
(4th)
14
(4th)
19
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
28
(4th)
32
(2nd)
32
(4th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
42
(4th)
N/A N/A N/A
Jaguares 4
(4th)
5
(4th)
5
(4th)
6
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
12
(6th)
12
(6th)
13
(6th)
13
(6th)
14
(6th)
18
(6th)
18
(6th)
22
(5th)
N/A N/A N/A
Cheetahs 1
(5th)
1
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
16
(5th)
16
(5th)
17
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Kings 0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sunwolves 0
(6th)
0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
2
(7th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

Finals

The four conference winners advanced to the Quarter Finals, where they had home advantage against four wildcard teams, which consisted of the third to fifth-ranked teams in the Australasian Group and the third-ranked team in the South African Group.

The final seedings of these teams were:[3][7]

Conference leaders
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 458 314 +144 61 37 7 2 53
2 South Africa Lions 15 11 0 4 535 349 +186 71 42 7 1 52
3 South Africa Stormers 15 10 1 4 440 274 +166 49 28 5 4 51
4 Australia Brumbies 15 10 0 5 425 326 +99 56 40 3 0 43
Wildcard teams
5 New Zealand Highlanders 15 11 0 4 422 273 +149 50 28 4 4 52
6 New Zealand Chiefs 15 11 0 4 491 341 +150 68 39 6 1 51
7 New Zealand Crusaders 15 11 0 4 487 317 +170 65 40 5 1 50
8 South Africa Sharks 15 9 1 5 360 269 +91 40 30 2 3 43

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

Players

Squads

The following squads were named for the 2016 Super Rugby season:

Player statistics

The top ten points scorers during the 2016 Super Rugby season are:[26]

Top Ten points scorers
No Player Team T C P DG Pts
1 Beauden Barrett Hurricanes 9 50 25 1 223
2 Damian McKenzie Chiefs 10 43 21 0 199
3 Elton Jantjies Lions 3 44 27 2 190
4 Lima Sopoaga Highlanders 5 34 29 2 186
5 Richie Mo'unga Crusaders 5 41 24 0 179
6 Christian Lealiifano Brumbies 3 41 22 0 163
7 Nicolás Sánchez Jaguares 2 24 27 1 142
8 Ihaia West Blues 4 19 24 0 130
9 Jean-Luc du Plessis Stormers 2 26 22 0 128
10 Jack Debreczeni Rebels 2 25 20 0 120
Bernard Foley Waratahs 1 35 15 0 120

Referees

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2016 Super Rugby season:

Attendances

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
New Zealand Blues Eden Park 50,000 125,465 15,683 33%
New Zealand Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800
New Zealand Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500 180,490 18,049 55%
New Zealand Crusaders Rugby League Park 18,000
New Zealand Highlanders Forsyth Barr Stadium 30,728
Australia Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500 132,843 16,605 31%
Australia Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 109,217 12,135 48%
Australia Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000 162,580 20,322 46%
Australia Melbourne Rebels AAMI Park 29,500 73,557 10,508 35%
Australia Force nib Stadium 20,500
South Africa Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000
South Africa Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,792
South Africa Lions Ellis Park 62,567
South Africa Southern Kings Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,000 49,658 6,207 12%
South Africa Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000
South Africa Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900
Argentina Jaguares José Amalfitani Stadium 49,640 89,857 12,836 25%
Japan Sunwolves Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 27,188 111,758 13,969 37%

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