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Super Rugby AU

Super Rugby AU
Super Rugby AU logo.png
Official Logo
CountriesAustralia
Tournament format(s)Round-robin tournament
ChampionsBrumbies
Matches played22
Tries scored125 (5.68 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Australia James O'Connor, Reds (102)
Top try scorer(s)Fiji Filipo Daugunu, Reds (6)
Official websiteOfficial site

Super Rugby AU (branded as Vodafone Super Rugby AU for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union competition organised by Rugby Australia. The competition supplants the 2020 Super Rugby season, which had been suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition, features the four Australian Super Rugby teams from the Australian conference, with the addition of Western Force, in a round-robin tournament over a 12-week period, made up of 10 rounds, a qualifying final and a final.

The competition was announced on 12 May,[1] with the first round commencing on 3 July, making it the third sport to return in Australia (behind AFL and NRL) and just the second rugby union competition to return. Initially, all games will be behind-closed-doors, with decision to allow crowds under review.[2]

Media coverage

Television

All matches are televised live by affiliate partners Fox Sports.

Corporate relations

Sponsorship

The tournament is run by Rugby Australia with the sponsorship of Foxtel which provides television coverage on its Fox Sports channels with Vodafone (Australia) being the naming rights sponsor. Gilbert is the official supplier of all rugby balls.

Merchandising

Official match day attire together with other club merchandise is sold through the Super Rugby AU's stores and website as well through the clubs and through some retailers.

Law adaptions

On 12 June, Rugby Australia announced seven law trials designed to make the game more entertaining for the fans and players.[3] The trials were adapted from the 10 optional law trials available for unions and competitions given by World Rugby in May 2020.[4] The following trials will be used during the competition:

Law trials Scenario
Goal line drop-out When an attacking player carrying the ball is held up in the in-goal or knocks the ball on play restarts with a goal line drop-out.
When a kick enters the in-goal area and is forced by the defending team play restarts with a goal line drop-out
Mark A kick originating in the attacking 22m area cannot be marked by the defending team within their own 22m area. The kick can however be marked within the defending team's in-goal area and play restarts with a 22m line drop-out.
Red card change A red carded player can be replaced after 20 minutes, unless all substitutions have been used.
50/22 A kick taken from within the defending team's 50m area that travels into touch within the opposition's 22m area having first bounced in the field of play results in a line-out throw to the kicking team. This does not apply following a free-kick.
22/50 A kick taken from within the defending team's 22m area that travels into touch within the opposition's 50m area having first bounced in the field of play results in a line-out throw to the kicking team. This does not apply following a free-kick.
Super Time 2 x 5min periods of extra time; in the event of a drawn game after regulation time where the first points scored wins the match for the scoring team

Standings

Table
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Brumbies (Q) 8 6 0 2 189 147 +42 30 16 4 0 28
2 Reds (Q) 8 5 1 2 215 150 +65 28 19 2 1 25
3 Rebels (Q) 8 4 1 3 194 178 +16 21 24 0 1 19
4 Waratahs 8 4 0 4 204 189 +15 22 23 1 2 19
5 Western Force 8 0 0 8 115 253 -138 15 33 0 3 3
Points allocation

  • 4 points to the winning team
  • 2 points to each team if neither team scores during extra time
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
  • 1 bonus point to any team scoring three tries or more than the opposition

Matches

Round 1

3 July 2020
19:05
Reds 32-26 Waratahs (1 BP)
Try: Wright Try 6
Daugunu Try 18
McDermott Try 29
Wilson Try 64
Con: Hegarty Kick 7'30'65' (3/4)
Pen: O'Connor Kick 76'80+1' (2/2)
Report Try: Johnson-Holmes Try 10
Maddocks Try 48
Con: Harrison Kick 11'49' (2/2)
Pen: Harrison Kick 34'40'43'68' (4/4)
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 5,590[5]
Referee: Nic Berry
4 July 2020
19:15
(1 BP) Brumbies 31-23 Rebels
Try: Muirhead Try 3
Powell Try 27
Fainga'a Try 37
Wright Try 44
Miller Try 77
Con: Lolesio Kick 5'39'79' (3/5)
Report Try: Uelese Try 58
D. Haylett-Petty Try 63
Con: Toomua Kick 59'65' (2/2)
Pen: Toomua Kick 9'24'71' (3/4)
GIO Stadium
Attendance: 1,500[6]
Referee: Angus Gardner

Round 2

10 July 2020
19:05
Rebels 18-18 (a.e.t.) Reds
Try: Hodge Try 54
Meakes Try 68
Con: Toomua Kick 69' (1/2)
Pen: Toomua Kick 7'40+2' (2/2)
Report Try: Daugunu Try 44
Mafi Try 79
Con: O'Connor Kick 80+1' (1/2)
Pen: O'Connor Kick 51'75' (2/2)
11 July 2020
19:15
Waratahs 23-14 Western Force
Try: Bell Try 40
Staniforth Try 62
Con: Harrison Kick 40+2'64' (2/2)
Pen: Harrison Kick 46'60'74' (3/3)
Report Try: Ralston Try 29
Pen: Prior Kick 14'33'37' (3/3)

Round 3

17 July 2020
19:05
Reds 31-24 Western Force (1 BP)
Try: Paenga-Amosa Try 19
Campbell Try 23
Tupou Try 27
Daugunu Try 45
Con: O'Connor Kick 20'24'28'46' (4/4)
Drop: O'Connor Kick 79'
Report Try: McGregor Try 11
Ralston Try 1439
Ready Try 70
Con: Prior Kick 13'15' (2/2)
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 6,890[7]
Referee: Nic Berry
18 July 2020
19:15
(1 BP) Waratahs 23-24 Brumbies
Try: Horton Try 24
Ramm Try 29
Con: Harrison Kick 25'30' (2/2)
Pen: Harrison Kick 10'15'50' (3/4)
Report Try: Cusack Try 5
Fainga'a Try 34
Valetini Try 37
Fines Try 77
Con: Kuenzle Kick 38'79' (2/3)

Round 4

24 July 2020
19:05
Waratahs 10-29 Rebels
Try: Newsome Try 7
Con: Harrison Kick 9' (1/1)
Pen: Harrison Kick 23' (1/1)
Report Try: Louwrens Try 38
Koroibete Try 78
Con: Toomua Kick 39'78' (2/2)
Pen: Toomua Kick 4'11'15'31'71' (5/5)
25 July 2020
19:15
Western Force 0-24 Brumbies (1 BP)
Report Try: Wright Try 2
Simone Try 6
Miller Try 43
McInerney Try 66
Con: Kuenzle Kick 7'45' (2/4)

Round 5

31 July 2020
19:05
(1 BP) Western Force 20-25 (a.e.t.) Rebels
Try: Lee-Warner Try 27
Ralston Try 57
Con: Lance Kick 28'58' (2/2)
Pen: Lance Kick 12'64' (2/3)
Report Try: Uelese Try 30
Philip Try 60
Naisarani Try 82
Con: Toomua Kick 32'61' (2/2)
Pen: Toomua Kick 53' (1/1)
Hodge Kick 40+4' (1/2)
1 August 2020
19:15
Brumbies 22-20 Reds (1 BP)
Try: Fainga'a Try 633
McInerney Try 75
Con: Kuenzle Kick 7'35' (2/2)
Pen: Hansen Kick 80+3' (1/1)
Report Try: Wilson Try 43
Scott-Young Try 46
Con: O'Connor Kick 44'47' (2/2)
Pen: O'Connor Kick 39'50' (2/3)

Round 6

7 August 2020
19:05
Rebels 30-12 Brumbies
Try: Hodge Try 323
Wilkin Try 16
Uelese Try 38
Con: Toomua Kick 17'39' (2/4)
Pen: Toomua Kick 32'53' (2/2)
Report Try: Powell Try 18
Miller Try 80
Con: Kuenzle Kick 20' (1/1)
8 August 2020
19:15
(1 BP) Waratahs 45-12 Reds
Try: Gordon Try 101727
Maddocks Try 24
Newsome Try 35
Horton Try 52
Con: Harrison Kick 11'18'25'29'36' (5/5)
Donaldson Kick 53' (1/1)
Pen: Harrison Kick 5' (1/1)
Report Try: Hardy Try 54
O'Connor Try 80+2
Con: O'Connor Kick 80+3' (1/2)

Round 7

14 August 2020
19:05
Western Force 8-28 Waratahs
Try: Stander Try 15
Pen: Prior Kick 28'
Report Try: Newsome Try 35
Maddocks Try 45
Johnson-Holmes Try 80
Con: Harrison Kick 36'46' (2/2)
Pen: Harrison Kick 9'20'32' (3/3)
15 August 2020
19:15
(1 BP) Reds 19-3 Rebels
Try: Petaia Try 14
Paenga-Amosa Try 28
Stewart Try 73
Con: O'Connor Kick 15'29' (2/3)
Report Pen: Toomua Kick 8' (1/1)

Round 8

21 August 2020
19:05
Western Force 5-57 Reds (1 BP)
Try: Ready Try 43
Report Try: Daugunu Try 1629
McReight Try 55
McDermott Try 5964
O'Connor Try 70
Hegarty Try 73
Tualima Try 80
Con: O'Connor Kick 17'57'61'65'71'74'80' (7/8)
Pen: O'Connor Kick 38' (1/1)
22 August 2020
19:15
(1 BP) Brumbies 38-11 Waratahs
Try: R. Lonergan Try 15
Muirhead Try 24
Samu Try 4673
Wright Try 5358
Con: R. Lonergan Kick 16'47' (2/3)
Kuenzle Kick 54'73' (2/3)
Report Try: Dempsey Try 37
Pen: Harrison Kick 19'29' (2/2)

Round 9

28 August 2020
19:05
(1 BP) Brumbies 31-14 Western Force
Try: Wright Try 32
Banks Try 39
Miller Try 51
Ikitau Try 65
Muirhead Try 75
Con: Kuenzle Kick 52'66'76' (3/5)
Report Try: Lee-Warner Try 9
Lance Try 55
Con: Prior Kick 11'57' (2/2)
29 August 2020
19:15
(1 BP) Rebels 32-38 Waratahs
Try: Toomua Try 37
Naisarani Try 4672
Koroibete Try 62
Con: Toomua Kick 39'47'64' (3/4)
Pen: Toomua Kick 3'78' (2/3)
Report Try: Gordon Try 7
Dempsey Try 23
Johnson-Holmes Try 49
Walton Try 56
Harrison Try 74
Con: Harrison Kick 8'23'50'57'75' (5/5)
Pen: Harrison Kick 40' (1/1)

Round 10 - Super Saturday

5 September 2020
17:05
Rebels 34-30 Western Force (1 BP)
Try: Pincus Try 18
Hodge Try 28
D. Haylett-Petty Try 59
Eloff Try 79
Con: Toomua Kick 18'30'61'80' (4/4)
Pen: Toomua Kick 24'26' (2/2)
Report Try: Taefu Try 20
Ready Try 4044
Stander Try 58
Con: Prior Kick 45'59' (2/4)
Pen: Prior Kick 9'56' (2/2)
5 September 2020
19:15
Reds 26-7 Brumbies
Try: Wright Try 6
Feauai-Sautia Try 36
McDermott Try 76
Con: O'Connor Kick 38' (1/2)
Pen: O'Connor Kick 18'31'66' (3/3)
Report Try: Samu Try 40
Con: Kuenzle Kick 40' (1/1)
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 9,922[8]
Referee: Nic Berry

Qualifying final

12 September 2020
19:15
Reds 25-13 Rebels
Try: Petaia Try 9
Salakaia-Loto Try 44
Daugunu Try 75
Con: O'Connor Kick 10'46' (2/3)
Pen: O'Connor Kick 25'58' (2/3)
Report Try: Koroibete Try 40
Con: Toomua Kick 40' (1/1)
Pen: Toomua Kick 17' (1/1)
Hodge Kick 54' (1/1)
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 15,000[9]
Referee: Nic Berry

Final

19 September 2020
19:15
Brumbies 28-23 Reds
Try: Fainga'a Try 17
Muirhead Try 26
Banks Try 45
Con: Lolesio Kick 18'47' (2/3)
Pen: Lolesio Kick 5'55' (2/3)
Drop: Lolesio Kick 49'
Report
Summary
Try: Wilson Try 31
Blyth Try 64
Con: O'Connor Kick 32'65'
Pen: O'Connor Kick 13'40+2'59' (3/3)
GIO Stadium
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Angus Gardner
Brumbies
Reds
Brumbies:
FB 15 Tom Banks
RW 14 Andy Muirhead Substituted off 59
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Irae Simone
LW 11 Tom Wright
FH 10 Noah Lolesio Substituted off 79
SH 9 Joe Powell Substituted off 50
N8 8 Pete Samu Substituted off 79
OF 7 Will Miller Substituted off 73Substituted in 79
BF 6 Lachlan McCaffrey Substituted off 51Substituted in 65
RL 5 Cadeyrn Neville
LL 4 Murray Douglas Substituted off 73
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a Substituted off 59
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 50
Substitutes:
HK 16 Connal McInerney Substituted in 59
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 50
PR 18 Tom Ross
LK 19 Nick Frost Substituted in 73
BR 20 Rob Valetini Substituted in 51Substituted off 65Substituted in 73
SH 21 Nic White Substituted in 50
FH 22 Bayley Kuenzle Substituted in 79
OB 23 Solomone Kata Substituted in 59
Coach:
Dan McKellar
Reds:
FB 15 Jock Campbell
RW 14 Jordan Petaia Substituted off 40
OC 13 Hunter Paisami
IC 12 Hamish Stewart
LW 11 Filipo Daugunu
FH 10 James O'Connor
SH 9 Tate McDermott Substituted off 65
N8 8 Harry Wilson
OF 7 Fraser McReight
BF 6 Liam Wright
RL 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto Substituted off 44
LL 4 Angus Blyth Substituted off 79
TP 3 Taniela Tupou
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa
LP 1 JP Smith Substituted off 51
Substitutes:
HK 16 Josh Nasser
PR 17 Harry Hoopert Substituted in 51
PR 18 Ruan Smith
LK 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima Substituted in 79
FL 20 Angus Scott-Young Substituted in 44
SH 21 Moses Sorovi Substituted in 65
FH 22 Bryce Hegarty Substituted in 40
OB 23 Jack Hardy
Coach:
Brad Thorn

Man of the Match:
Noah Lolesio[10]

Assistant Referees:
Amy Perrett (Australia)
Reuben Keane (Australia)
Television match official:
James Leckie (Australia)

Squads

Notes

  • ^1 Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Rebels moved this home fixture from AAMI Park to Brookvale Oval, New South Wales, in order to respect the regulations imposed by the Queensland Government.[17]
  • ^2 Due to tight border restrictions, the Western Force moved their rounds 4 & 5 home matches from HBF Park to Leichhardt Oval, New South Wales.[18]
  • ^3 Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Rebels moved their rounds 6 & 9 home fixtures from AAMI Park to Leichhardt Oval, New South Wales.[18][19]
  • ^4 Due to tight border restrictions, the Western Force moved their rounds 7 & 8 home matches from HBF Park to Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland.[20]
  • ^5 Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Rebels moved their round 10 home fixture from AAMI Park to McDonald Jones Stadium, New South Wales.[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Suncorp Stadium derby to open Super Rugby AU competition". Rugby Australia. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "PM opens door for Super Rugby AU crowds". Rugby Australia. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Super Rugby AU to introduce a host of law trials". Rugby Australia. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "World Rugby creates access to optional domestic law trials to further reduce COVID-19 risk". World Rugby. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/super-rugby-reds-vs-waratahs-news-score-live-updates-teams-blog-how-to-watch-start-time/news-story/1082464781
  6. ^ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/super-rugby-au-brumbies-down-melbourne-rebels-31-23-in-canberra/12423258
  7. ^ https://www.ultimaterugby.com/news/queensland-reds-remain-unbeaten-with-31-24-win-over-force/628576
  8. ^ https://reds.rugby/news/2020/09/05/st-george-queensland-reds-defeat-brumbies-in-top-of-the-table-clash-at-suncorp-stadium
  9. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/super-rugby-au-2020-queensland-reds-vs-melbourne-rebels-finals-score-result-report/news-story/c24547160093675dda4d2
  10. ^ Doran, Christy (20 September 2020). "Slick Lolesio leads Brumbies to historic Super Rugby AU title over injury-hit Queensland Reds". Archived from the original on 20 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Plus500 Brumbies Finalise 2020 Super Rugby Squad" (Press release). Brumbies. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Melbourne Rebels unveil full 2020 playing squad" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "St. George Queensland Reds confirm 2020 squad" (Press release). Queensland Reds. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "NSW Waratahs Squad". NSW Waratahs. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "NSW Waratahs add more names to their Elite Development Squad" (Press release). NSW Waratahs. 11 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Community colours". Western Force. 14 February 2020. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Super Rugby Returns to Brookvale Oval". Melbourne Rebels. 5 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Rugby returns to Leichhardt Oval as Fox ratings plateau". Sydney Morning Herald. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Rebels Confirm Waratahs Blockbuster for Leichhardt Oval". Melbourne Rebels. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "Western Force fixture update". Western Force. 5 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "'Super Saturday' to complete Super Rugby AU regular season". Rugby.com.au. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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