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The 1996 Super 12 season was the inaugural season of the Super 12, contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from February to May 1996, with each team playing all the others once. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams entered the playoff semifinals, with the first placed team playing the fourth and the second placed team playing the third. The winner of each semifinal qualified for the final, which was contested between the Auckland Blues and Natal Sharks, with the Blues winning 45 – 21 to win the first Super 12 title.

1996 Super 12
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsNew Zealand Auckland Blues (1st title)
Matches played69
Tries scored442 (6.41 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Australia Matthew Burke (157)
(NSW Waratahs)
Top try scorer(s)South Africa James Small (13)
(Natal Sharks)
(Next) 1997

This was the first season of professional rugby union in the Southern Hemisphere (the Northern Hemisphere had their first season a few months earlier due to the seasonal differences). The season was also the first of 10 under the deal between SANZAR and News Corporation which gave all broadcasting rights to News Limited for the Super 12, Tri-Nations, all inbound tours and test matches and in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as provincial competition matches. The deal was collectively worth $550,000,000 USD.[1]

The teams from Australia and New Zealand were regional teams, a system that has continued to this day. South Africa used a different system for determining its Super 12 teams. The top four sides from the previous season of the country's domestic competition, the Currie Cup, were granted berths in the Super 12. This system would continue through the 1998 competition; only in 1999 did South Africa adopt the same system used by the other two participating countries.

Contents

TableEdit

     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Queensland Reds 11 9 0 2 320 247 73 5 41
2   Auckland Blues 11 8 0 3 408 354 54 9 41
3   Northern Transvaal 11 8 0 3 329 208 121 6 38
4   Natal Sharks 11 6 0 5 389 277 112 9 33
5   ACT Brumbies 11 7 0 4 306 273 33 4 32
6   Waikato Chiefs 11 6 0 5 291 269 22 4 28
7   NSW Waratahs 11 5 0 6 312 290 22 8 28
8   Otago Highlanders 11 5 0 6 329 391 −62 6 26
9   Wellington Hurricanes 11 3 0 8 290 353 −63 5 17
10   Transvaal 11 3 0 8 228 299 −71 4 16
11   Western Province 11 3 1 7 251 353 −101 1 15
12   Canterbury Crusaders 11 2 1 8 234 373 −139 2 12

Points breakdown:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
  • 1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

The play offs follow a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system with the highest placed team at home

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1Edit

Week 2Edit

Week 3Edit

Week 4Edit

Week 5Edit

Week 6Edit

Week 7Edit

Week 8Edit

Week 9Edit

Week 10Edit

Week 11Edit

FinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

FinalEdit

25 May 1996
Auckland Blues   45 – 21   Natal Sharks
Try: Andrew Blowers (2),
Carlos Spencer, Charles Riechelmann,
Eroni Clarke,
Jonah Lomu
Con: Adrian Cashmore (3)
Pen: Adrian Cashmore (3)
Scoreboard[72] Try: André Joubert,
James Small
Con: Henry Honiball
Pen: Henry Honiball (3)
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 46,000
Referee:   Wayne Erickson
Auckland Blues
FB 15 Adrian Cashmore
RW 14 Joeli Vidiri
OC 13 Eroni Clarke
IC 12 Johnny Ngauamo
LW 11 Jonah Lomu
FH 10 Carlos Spencer
SH 9 Ofisa Tonu'u
N8 8 Zinzan Brooke (c)
OF 7 Andrew Blowers
BF 6 Michael Jones
RL 5 Charles Riechelmann
LL 4 Robin Brooke
TP 3 Olo Brown
HK 2 Sean Fitzpatrick
LP 1 Craig Dowd
Substitutes:
Bn 16 Lee Stensness
Bn 17 Cameron Rackham
Bn 18 Michael Scott
Bn 19 Jason Chandler
Bn 20 Kevin Nepia
Bn 21 Andrew Roose
Coach:
  Graham Henry
Natal Sharks
FB 15 André Joubert
RW 14 James Small
OC 13 Jeremy Thomson
IC 12 Dick Muir
LW 11 Cabous van der Westhuisen
FH 10 Henry Honiball
SH 9 Kevin Putt
N8 8 Gary Teichmann (c)
OF 7 Wickus van Heerden
BF 6 Wayne Fyvie
RL 5 Mark Andrews
LL 4 Steve Atherton
TP 3 Adrian Garvey
HK 2 John Allan
LP 1 Ollie le Roux
Substitutions:
Bn 16 Jozuzi Joubert
Bn 17 Roland de Marigny
Bn 18 Robert du Preez
Bn 19 Dieter Kriese
Bn 20 John Slade
Bn 21 Federico Mendez
Coach:
  Ian McIntosh

StatisticsEdit

Top ten points scorersEdit

Player Team Total Points per game Details
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Semis Final
Matthew Burke   NSW Waratahs 157 22 20 19 19 11 6 8 9 7 14 22 DNQ DNQ 5 try; 27 con; 26 pen
John Eales   Queensland Reds 155 2 16 22 7 20 16 15 10 16 11 10 10 DNQ 25 con; 33 pen
Jannie Kruger   Northern Transvaal 139 15 2 39 8 0 0 6 20 15 18 10 6 DNQ 1 try; 16 con; 32 pen; 2 dg
Henry Honiball   Natal Sharks 136 0 0 3 21 9 13 2 16 29 15 13 4 11 3 try; 23 con; 25 pen
Joel Stransky   Western Province 120 DNP 17 10 9 15 7 11 21 20 10 0 DNQ DNQ 12 con; 34 pen
Gavin Lawless   Transvaal 111 0 3 DNP 11 16 18 5 25 13 14 6 DNQ DNQ 4 try; 14 con; 21 pen
André Joubert   Natal Sharks 101 18 2 30 0 0 15 5 2 5 5 0 14 5 11 try; 11 con; 8 pen
Jamie Cameron   Wellington Hurricanes 91 23 13 12 9 19 7 8 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNQ DNQ 14 con; 21 pen
Ian Foster   Waikato Chiefs 89 17 7 10 0 13 0 0 7 16 14 5 DNQ DNQ 1 try; 18 con; 14 pen; 2 dg
Matthew Cooper   Otago Highlanders 86 22 0 0 15 0 5 15 5 10 14 DNP DNQ DNQ 4 try; 12 con; 14 pen

Top ten try scorersEdit

Player Team Total Tries per game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Semis Final
James Small   Natal Sharks 13 0 1 3 1 1 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
André Joubert   Natal Sharks 11 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 1
Joeli Vidiri   Auckland Blues 10 0 0 2 DNP DNP DNP 1 1 3 2 0 1 0
Alistair Murdoch   NSW Waratahs 8 1 1 0 0 DNP DNP 0 1 1 1 3 DNQ DNQ
Andrew Blowers   Auckland Blues 8 1 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 DNP 0 0 0 1
Ben Tune   Queensland Reds 8 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 DNQ
Jonah Lomu   Auckland Blues 8 0 1 1 DNP 0 2 1 0 DNP 0 0 2 1
Justin Swart   Western Province 8 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 DNQ DNQ
Joe Roff   ACT Brumbies 7 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 DNQ DNQ
Jeremy Thomson   Natal Sharks 7 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 DNP DNP 0 1 0
Christian Cullen   Wellington Hurricanes 7 0 1 1 DNP DNP 2 1 1 0 0 1 DNQ DNQ
Eroni Clarke   Auckland Blues 7 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1

AttendancesEdit

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
  Blues Eden Park 50,000
  Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800
  Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500
  Crusaders Jade Stadium 36,500
  Highlanders Carisbrook 29,000
  Reds Ballymore Stadium 18,000
  Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011
  Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000
  Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000
  Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,762
  Cats Ellis Park 62,567
  Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900

Notes and referencesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Waikato Chiefs 27-26 Canterbury Crusaders". South African Rugby Union. 3 March 1996. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
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Further readingEdit

  • McIlraith, M. (2005).Ten Years of Super 12, Auckland: Hodder Moa. ISBN 1-86971-025-8