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2019 Super Rugby Season

2019 Super Rugby season
Countries Argentina (1 team)
 Australia (4 teams)
 Japan (1 team)
 New Zealand (5 teams)
 South Africa (4 teams)
Tournament format(s)Conference and knockout
ChampionsCrusaders (10th title)
Matches played106
Tries scored673 (6.35 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Handré Pollard, Bulls (194)
Top try scorer(s) Sevu Reece, Crusaders (15)
Official websiteOfficial site
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The 2019 Super Rugby season was the 24th season of Super Rugby, an annual rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR between teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. The 2019 season was the second season using the reduced 15-team format consisting of three geographical conferences since being reduced from an 18-team competition in 2017.

Competition format

The 15 participating teams were divided into three geographical conferences: the Australian Conference (consisting of four Australian teams and the Japanese Sunwolves), the New Zealand Conference (consisting of five New Zealand teams), and the South African Conference (consisting of four South African teams and the Jaguares from Argentina).[1]

In the group stages, there were 18 rounds of matches, with each team playing 16 matches and having two rounds of byes, resulting in a total of 120 matches. Teams played eight inter-conference matches and eight cross-conference matches; they played all the other teams in their conference twice -- once at home and once away -- and play once against four of the teams in the other two conferences.

The top team in each of the three conferences qualified for the quarterfinals, as do the next five teams with the best records across the three conferences, known as wildcards. The conference winners and best wildcard team hosted the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners progressed to the semifinal, and the winners of the semifinals progressed to the final.[1]

Standings

The final standings for the 2019 Super Rugby season are:

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Overall standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 16 11 3 2 497 257 +240 73 31 8 0 58
2 Argentina Jaguares 16 11 0 5 461 352 +109 60 38 5 2 51
3 Australia Brumbies 16 10 0 6 430 366 +64 65 49 5 3 48
4 New Zealand Hurricanes 16 12 1 3 449 362 +87 60 46 3 0 53
5 South Africa Bulls 16 8 2 6 410 369 +41 42 50 3 2 41
6 South Africa Sharks 16 7 1 8 343 335 +8 40 39 3 4 37
7 New Zealand Chiefs 16 7 2 7 451 465 -14 63 59 2 2 36
8 New Zealand Highlanders 16 6 3 7 441 392 +49 60 53 2 4 36
9 South Africa Lions 16 8 0 8 401 478 -77 53 64 2 1 35
10 South Africa Stormers 16 7 1 8 344 366 -22 34 46 1 4 35
11 Australia Rebels 16 7 0 9 393 465 -72 56 61 3 3 34
12 Australia Waratahs 16 6 0 10 367 415 -48 46 54 0 6 30
13 New Zealand Blues 16 5 1 10 347 369 -22 45 47 2 6 30
14 Australia Reds 16 6 0 10 385 438 -53 50 59 1 3 28
15 Japan Sunwolves 16 2 0 14 294 584 -290 34 85 0 4 12
Australian Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Australia Brumbies 16 10 0 6 430 366 +64 65 49 5 3 48
2 Australia Rebels 16 7 0 9 393 465 -72 56 61 3 3 34
3 Australia Waratahs 16 6 0 10 367 415 -48 46 54 0 6 30
4 Australia Reds 16 6 0 10 385 438 -53 50 59 1 3 28
5 Japan Sunwolves 16 2 0 14 294 584 -290 34 85 0 4 12
New Zealand Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Crusaders 16 11 3 2 497 257 +240 73 31 8 0 58
2 New Zealand Hurricanes 16 12 1 3 449 362 +87 60 46 3 0 53
3 New Zealand Chiefs 16 7 2 7 451 465 -14 63 59 2 2 36
4 New Zealand Highlanders 16 6 3 7 441 392 +49 60 53 2 4 36
5 New Zealand Blues 16 5 1 10 347 369 -22 45 47 2 6 30
South African Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Argentina Jaguares 16 11 0 5 461 352 +109 60 38 5 2 51
2 South Africa Bulls 16 8 2 6 410 369 +41 42 50 3 2 41
3 South Africa Sharks 16 7 1 8 343 335 +8 40 39 3 4 37
4 South Africa Lions 16 8 0 8 401 478 -77 53 64 2 1 35
5 South Africa Stormers 16 7 1 8 344 366 -22 34 46 1 4 35

Round-by-round

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets:

Team Progression - Australian Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 QF SF Final
Brumbies 1
(11th)
6
(3rd)
6
(9th)
7
(11th)
11
(9th)
11
(10th)
11
(12th)
11
(14th)
15
(12th)
19
(11th)
20
(12th)
24
(9th)
29
(2nd)
29
(3rd)
34
(3rd)
39
(3rd)
43
(3rd)
48
(3rd)
Won Lost N/A
Rebels 4
(2nd)
4
(9th)
8
(3rd)
12
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
13
(8th)
18
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(3rd)
24
(2nd)
24
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
28
(6th)
28
(9th)
33
(5th)
34
(6th)
34
(8th)
34
(11th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds 0
(12th)
1
(12th)
1
(14th)
1
(14th)
5
(14th)
10
(10th)
10
(13th)
14
(9th)
14
(13th)
18
(12th)
18
(13th)
22
(10th)
23
(11th)
23
(13th)
24
(14th)
24
(14th)
28
(14th)
28
(14th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sunwolves 0
(14th)
1
(14th)
5
(12th)
5
(13th)
6
(13th)
6
(15th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
10
(15th)
11
(15th)
11
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
12
(15th)
N/A N/A N/A
Waratahs 1
(8th)
5
(8th)
5
(10th)
9
(7th)
10
(10th)
14
(3rd)
15
(7th)
16
(8th)
16
(10th)
20
(7th)
20
(10th)
21
(12th)
22
(13th)
26
(10th)
26
(12th)
30
(10th)
30
(12th)
30
(12th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression - New Zealand Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 QF SF Final
Blues 1
(9th)
1
(13th)
2
(13th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
10
(11th)
15
(8th)
19
(5th)
20
(6th)
20
(8th)
20
(11th)
21
(13th)
21
(14th)
26
(11th)
26
(13th)
28
(13th)
29
(13th)
30
(13th)
N/A N/A N/A
Chiefs 1
(10th)
1
(15th)
1
(15th)
1
(15th)
3
(15th)
8
(14th)
12
(11th)
12
(13th)
16
(11th)
17
(14th)
17
(14th)
19
(14th)
23
(12th)
23
(14th)
27
(11th)
31
(9th)
31
(10th)
36
(7th)
Lost N/A N/A
Crusaders 4
(6th)
8
(2nd)
12
(1st)
17
(1st)
19
(1st)
19
(1st)
24
(1st)
29
(1st)
34
(1st)
34
(1st)
39
(1st)
42
(1st)
47
(1st)
49
(1st)
53
(1st)
53
(1st)
58
(1st)
58
(1st)
Won Won Won
Highlanders 4
(3rd)
8
(4th)
9
(7th)
10
(6th)
12
(7th)
13
(9th)
13
(10th)
14
(12th)
14
(14th)
18
(13th)
23
(8th)
25
(7th)
29
(5th)
29
(8th)
29
(10th)
29
(12th)
31
(11th)
36
(8th)
Lost N/A N/A
Hurricanes 4
(7th)
4
(10th)
8
(5th)
13
(4th)
15
(4th)
19
(4th)
19
(4th)
23
(4th)
23
(4th)
27
(4th)
32
(4th)
36
(4th)
40
(4th)
40
(4th)
40
(4th)
44
(4th)
49
(4th)
53
(4th)
Won Lost N/A
Team Progression - South African Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 QF SF Final
Bulls 5
(1ST)
5
(5th)
9
(4th)
13
(2nd)
13
(2nd)
13
(7th)
17
(5th)
18
(6th)
23
(2nd)
23
(3rd)
24
(5th)
28
(2nd)
28
(7th)
32
(2nd)
32
(7th)
34
(7th)
36
(5th)
41
(5th)
Lost N/A N/A
Jaguares 0
(13th)
5
(7th)
9
(6th)
9
(8th)
9
(11th)
9
(12th)
10
(14th)
14
(10th)
19
(7th)
19
(9th)
23
(6th)
27
(6th)
28
(8th)
32
(5th)
36
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
46
(2nd)
51
(2nd)
Won Won Lost
Lions 4
(5th)
5
(6th)
5
(11th)
9
(9th)
13
(5th)
18
(2nd)
18
(3rd)
18
(7th)
18
(9th)
22
(5th)
22
(9th)
22
(11th)
26
(9th)
30
(6th)
30
(8th)
35
(5th)
35
(6th)
35
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sharks 5
(4th)
10
(1st)
11
(2nd)
11
(5th)
11
(8th)
15
(5th)
16
(6th)
21
(3rd)
21
(5th)
22
(6th)
26
(2nd)
28
(5th)
29
(3rd)
29
(7th)
33
(6th)
33
(8th)
33
(9th)
37
(6th)
Lost N/A N/A
Stormers 0
(15th)
4
(11th)
8
(8th)
8
(10th)
13
(6th)
14
(6th)
14
(9th)
14
(11th)
18
(8th)
19
(10th)
23
(7th)
24
(8th)
24
(10th)
26
(12th)
30
(9th)
30
(11th)
34
(7th)
35
(10th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

Matches

The fixtures for the 2019 Super Rugby competition were released on 12 June 2018.[3][4] The following matches were played during the regular season:

Home \ Away BLU BRU BUL CHI CRU HIG HUR JAG LIO REB RED SHA STO SUN WAR
Blues -- 22-22 23-8 22-24 33-26 12-22 -- -- -- -- -- 24-9 28-20 32-29
Brumbies 26-21 22-10 54-17 -- -- -- -- 31-20 27-34 40-27 -- -- 33-0 19-13
Bulls -- -- 20-56 13-45 -- -- 20-22 48-27 -- 32-17 37-14 40-3 -- 28-21
Chiefs 33-29 -- -- 40-27 27-30 23-23 -- 17-23 -- 19-13 29-23 -- 15-30 --
Crusaders 19-11 36-14 -- 57-28 43-17 38-22 -- 36-10 66-0 -- 21-21 -- -- --
Highlanders 24-12 -- 24-24 31-31 0-0 28-31 32-27 -- -- 36-31 -- -- -- 49-12
Hurricanes 29-24 43-13 -- 47-19 8-32 25-22 20-28 -- 29-19 -- -- 34-28 -- --
Jaguares 23-19 20-15 27-12 27-30 -- -- -- 16-25 -- -- 34-7 30-25 52-10 --
Lions -- -- 12-30 -- -- 38-29 17-37 47-39 36-33 -- 5-42 41-22 -- 29-28
Rebels -- 29-26 17-32 8-59 -- 24-19 -- -- -- 30-24 -- 24-41 42-15 15-20
Reds 29-28 36-14 -- -- 12-22 -- -- 23-34 -- 13-32 -- 24-12 32-26 32-40
Sharks 26-7 -- 16-19 -- -- -- 17-30 17-51 27-17 28-14 14-21 11-16 -- --
Stormers -- 17-19 24-23 -- 19-19 34-22 -- 35-8 19-17 -- -- 9-12 31-18 --
Sunwolves -- 19-42 -- -- -- 0-52 23-29 -- 24-37 7-52 31-34 10-45 -- 30-31
Waratahs -- 24-35 -- -- 20-12 -- 19-20 15-23 -- 23-20 28-17 15-23 -- 29-31
First match(es) will be played on 15 February 2019. Source: https://sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Finals

The finals fixtures were as follows:

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
21 June - Christchurch
 
 
Crusaders 38
 
29 June -- Christchurch
 
Highlanders 14
 
Crusaders 30
 
22 June - Wellington
 
Hurricanes 26
 
Hurricanes35
 
6 July -- Christchurch
 
Bulls 28
 
Crusaders19
 
21 June - Buenos Aires
 
Jaguares 3
 
Jaguares21
 
28 June - Buenos Aires
 
Chiefs 16
 
Jaguares 39
 
22 June - Canberra
 
Brumbies 7
 
Brumbies 38
 
 
Sharks13
 

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Final

Players

Squads

The following 2019 Super Rugby squads have been named:

Top scorers

The top ten try and point scorers during the 2019 Super Rugby season are:[24]

Referees

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2019 Super Rugby season:[25]

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 34,500 128,101 14,233 44%
New Zealand Crusaders Rugby League Park 18,000
New Zealand Highlanders Forsyth Barr Stadium 30,728 93,424 13,346 46%
Australia Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500 90,815 11,351 21%
Australia Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 79,185 8,798 35%
Australia Waratahs Bankwest Stadium 30,000
Australia Melbourne Rebels AAMI Park 29,500
South Africa Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000
South Africa Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,792
South Africa Lions Ellis Park 62,567
South Africa Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900
Argentina Jaguares José Amalfitani Stadium 49,640
Japan Sunwolves Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 27,188

References

  1. ^ a b "Sanzaar confirm Super 15 tournament from 2018". SuperXV. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "About Super Rugby". SANZAAR. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 Super Rugby Draw Released" (Press release). SANZAAR. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "2019 Super Rugby Draw - Final" (PDF). SANZAAR. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportes/rugby/y-noche-jaguares-se-metio-fin-hinchas-nid2260466
  6. ^ https://www.westpacstadium.co.nz/fileadmin/Documents/Annual_Reports/WRST_AR19.pdf
  7. ^ https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6235402/glorious-brumbies-beat-sharks-to-be-one-win-away-from-grand-final/
  8. ^ https://www.ole.com.ar/rugby/jaguares-vs-brumbies-semifinal-personal-rugby-championship_0_FgSNXuKiz.html
  9. ^ "Blues promote from within for 2019" (Press release). Blues. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Former U20s prop completes Brumbies 2019 squad". Rugby.com.au. 16 October 2018. Archived from the original on 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Vodacom Bulls Team 2019". Bulls rugby (Press release). Archived from the original on 13 February 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Strength across the field for Gallagher Chiefs" (Press release). Chiefs. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Five new names in 2019 BNZ Crusaders squad" (Press release). Crusaders. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Pulse Energy Highlanders confirm squad for 2019 Super Rugby Season" (Press release). Highlanders. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Hurricanes opt for continuity in naming exciting 2019 squad" (Press release). Hurricanes. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Jugadores convocados a formar parte de la pretemporada 2019" (Press release) (in Spanish). Jaguares. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Emirates Lions". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ @MelbourneRebels (8 February 2019). "We have confirmed our squad for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season - get excited Melbourne! #WeAreRugby #SuperSeason" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ "Two new signings see St.George Queensland Reds finalise 2019 squad" (Press release). Queensland Reds. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Cell C Sharks". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ "DHL Stormers 2019 Squad". Stormers. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "2019Squad". Sunwolves. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ "NSW Waratahs confirm 2019 squad" (Press release). NSW Waratahs. 21 January 2019. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "Super Rugby Stats". SANZAAR. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "Super Rugby Referee Team Announced" (Press release). SANZAAR. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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