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The 1997 Super 12 season was the second season of the Super 12, contested by rugby union teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from 28 February to 31 May 1997, with each team playing all the others once. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams entered the playoff semi finals, with the first placed team playing the fourth and the second placed team playing the third. The winner of each semi final qualified for the final, which was contested by the Auckland Blues and the ACT Brumbies at Eden Park, Auckland. The Auckland Blues won 23 – 7 to win their second Super 12 title.

1997 Super 12
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsNew Zealand Auckland Blues (2nd title)
Matches played69
Top point scorer(s)South Africa Gavin Lawless (170)
( Sharks)
Top try scorer(s)Australia Joe Roff (16)
(ACT Brumbies)
1996 (Previous) (Next) 1998

While the three Australian and five New Zealand teams remained the same as the 1996 season, the South African teams made changes. Transvaal, after the changes of the political landscape of South Africa, became known as the Gauteng Lions, while Western Province, after not making the top four of the 1996 Currie Cup, were replaced by Free State of Bloemfontein.

TableEdit

     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Pos. Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Auckland Blues 11 10 1 0 435 283 152 8 50
2   ACT Brumbies 11 8 0 3 406 291 115 9 41
3   Wellington Hurricanes 11 6 0 5 416 314 102 10 34
4   Sharks 11 5 2 4 321 350 −29 6 30
5   Gauteng Lions 11 5 1 5 302 346 −44 6 28
6   Canterbury Crusaders 11 5 1 5 272 235 37 4 26
7   Free State 11 5 0 6 301 327 −26 5 25
8   Northern Transvaal 11 3 3 5 264 342 −78 4 22
9   NSW Waratahs 11 4 0 7 255 296 −41 4 20
10   Queensland Reds 11 4 0 7 263 318 −55 4 20
11   Waikato Chiefs 11 4 0 7 272 295 −23 3 19
12   Otago Highlanders 11 3 0 8 299 409 −110 5 17

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

Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Round 3Edit

Round 4Edit

Round 5Edit

Round 6Edit

Round 7Edit

Round 8Edit

Round 9Edit

Round 10Edit

Round 11Edit

Round 12Edit

FinalsEdit

Semi finalsEdit


Grand finalEdit

31 May 1997
Auckland Blues   23 – 7   ACT Brumbies
Try: Dowd, Jones
Con: Cashmore (2)
Pen: Cashmore (3)
Try: Roff
Con: Roff
Auckland Blues
15 Adrian Cashmore
14 Brian Lima
13 Eroni Clarke
12 Lee Stensness
11 Joeli Vidiri
10 Carlos Spencer
9 Ofisa Tonu'u
8 Zinzan Brooke (c)
7 Michael Jones
6 Mark Carter
5 Robin Brooke
4 Leo Lafaiali'i
3 Craig Dowd
2 Sean Fitzpatrick
1 Olo Brown
Replacements:
16 Jeremy Stanley
17 Michael Scott
18 Dylan Mika
19 Charles Riechelmann
20 Paul Thomson
21 Andrew Roose
Coach:
  Graham Henry
ACT Brumbies
15 Stephen Larkham
14 Mitch Hardy
13 James Holbeck
12 Pat Howard
11 Joe Roff
10 David Knox
9 George Gregan
8 Troy Coker
7 Brett Robinson (c)
6 Owen Finegan
5 John Langford
4 David Giffin
3 Patricio Noriega
2 Marco Caputo
1 Ewen McKenzie
Replacements:
16 Rod Kafer
17 Geoff Logan
18 Justin Harrison
19 Ipolito Fenukitau
20 Dean Zammit
21 Timote Tavalea
Coach:
  Rod McQueen

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 73,968 14,793 82%
  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
  Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000

Notes and referencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • McIlraith, M. (2005).Ten Years of Super 12, Auckland: Hodder Moa. ISBN 1-86971-025-8
  1. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Wellington Hurricanes 18-23 The Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 28 February 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Queensland Reds 19-24 Australian Capital Territories Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 1 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls 40-40 Auckland Blues". South African Rugby Union. 1 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State 20-24 Gauteng Lions". South African Rugby Union. 2 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State 15-24 Auckland Blues". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Canterbury Crusaders 19-17 Wellington Hurricanes". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – New South Wales Waratahs 26-33 The Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Natal Sharks 75-43 Otago Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls 14-3 Queensland Reds". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Gauteng Lions 44-36 Australian Capital Territories Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 1997. Retrieved 15 March 2016.