2002 Super 12 season

The 2002 Super 12 season was the seventh season of the Super 12, contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from February to May 2002, 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 Crusaders and the Brumbies at Jade Stadium, Christchurch. The Crusaders won 31 – 13 to win their fourth Super 12 title.

2002 Super 12
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsNew Zealand Canterbury Crusaders (4th title)
Matches played69
Top point scorer(s)New Zealand Andrew Mehrtens (182)
(Canterbury Crusaders)
Top try scorer(s)New Zealand Roger Randle (12)
(Waikato Chiefs)
2001 (Previous) (Next) 2003

TableEdit

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Crusaders 11 11 0 0 469 264 +205 7 51
2   Waratahs 11 8 0 3 337 284 +53 7 39
3   Brumbies 11 7 0 4 374 230 +144 10 38
4   Highlanders 11 8 0 3 329 207 +122 6 38
5   Reds 11 7 0 4 336 287 +49 6 34
6   Blues 11 6 0 5 318 249 +69 5 29
7   Stormers 11 5 0 6 310 314 −4 7 27
8   Chiefs 11 4 0 7 323 341 −18 8 24
9   Hurricanes 11 5 0 6 232 317 −85 3 23
10   Sharks 11 4 0 7 221 309 −88 3 19
11   Cats 11 1 0 10 228 407 −179 2 6
12   Bulls 11 0 0 11 232 500 −268 1 1

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

22 February 2002 Coastal Sharks   18 – 25   Stormers ABSA Stadium, Durban  
Tries: Stefan Terblanche (2)
Con: Gaffie du Toit
Pens: Gaffie du Toit (2)
Tries: Marius Goosen, Percy Montgomery, Pieter Rossouw
Cons: Marius Goosen (2)
Pen: Marius Goosen
Drop: Bolla Conradie
Referee: Andre Watson  


22 February 2002 Wellington Hurricanes   7 – 60   Auckland Blues Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
Try: Jason Spice
Con: Daryl Lilley
Tries: Doug Howlett (4), Rupeni Caucaunibuca (2), Mark Mayerhofler, Troy Flavell
Cons: Carlos Spencer (6), James Arlidge
Pens: Carlos Spencer (2)
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Paddy O'Brien  


23 February 2002 Canterbury Crusaders   30 – 28   Otago Highlanders Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
Tries: Andrew Mehrtens, Joe Maddock
Cons: Andrew Mehrtens
Pens: Andrew Mehrtens (6)
Tries: Jeff Wilson, Ryan Nicholas, Willie Walker
Cons: Tony Brown (2)
Pens: Tony Brown (3)
Referee: Paul Honiss  


23 February 2002 Waikato Chiefs   25 – 42   NSW Waratahs Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua  


23 February 2002 Northern Bulls   31 – 44   Golden Cats Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  


23 February 2002 ACT Brumbies   29 – 19   Queensland Reds Canberra Stadium, Canberra  

Round 2Edit

1 March 2002 Waikato Chiefs   27 – 34   Canterbury Crusaders Rugby Park, Hamilton  
Tries: Mark Ranby, Roger Randle, Todd Miller
Cons: David Hill (3)
Pens: David Hill (2)
Tries: Aaron Mauger, Daryl Gibson, Joe Maddock
Cons: Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pens: Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Drop: Aaron Mauger
Attendance: 25,000[1]
Referee: Kelvin Deaker  


2 March 2002 ACT Brumbies   64 – 16   Golden Cats Canberra Stadium, Canberra  


2 March 2002 Northern Bulls   18 – 37   Wellington Hurricanes Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  


2 March 2002 Otago Highlanders   45 – 5   Coastal Sharks Carisbrook, Dunedin  
Tries: Anton Oliver, Craig Newby, Jeff Wilson, Joe McDonnell, Romi Ropati
Cons: Tony Brown (4)
Pens: Tony Brown (4)
Try: Nicky van der Walt Referee: Wayne Erickson  


2 March 2002 Queensland Reds   34 – 23   Auckland Blues Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  


2 March 2002 Stormers   25 – 26   NSW Waratahs Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  

Round 3Edit

8 March 2002 ACT Brumbies   38 – 8   Coastal Sharks Canberra Stadium, Canberra  


8 March 2002 Otago Highlanders   40 – 8   Golden Cats Carisbrook, Dunedin  


8 March 2002 Stormers   40 – 13   Wellington Hurricanes Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  


9 March 2002 Northern Bulls   19 – 51   NSW Waratahs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  


9 March 2002 Canterbury Crusaders   30 – 11   Auckland Blues Jade Stadium, Christchurch  


9 March 2002 Queensland Reds   27 – 13   Waikato Chiefs Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  

Round 4Edit

15 March 2002 Wellington Hurricanes   40 – 17   Coastal Sharks Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
Attendance: 28,000


16 March 2002 Northern Bulls   35 – 45   ACT Brumbies Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  


16 March 2002 Stormers   20 – 21   Otago Highlanders Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  


16 March 2002 NSW Waratahs   44 – 21   Golden Cats Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
Attendance: 29,344[2]


17 March 2002 Queensland Reds   27 – 34   Canterbury Crusaders Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  

Round 5Edit

22 March 2002 Northern Bulls   17 – 54   Otago Highlanders Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  


22 March 2002 Wellington Hurricanes   30 – 21   Golden Cats Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
Attendance: 30,000


23 March 2002 Auckland Blues   37 – 30   Waikato Chiefs Eden Park, Auckland  
Attendance: 28,000[3]


23 March 2002 Stormers   15 – 36   ACT Brumbies Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  


23 March 2002 NSW Waratahs   42 – 8   Coastal Sharks Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
Attendance: 28,058[4]

Round 6Edit

29 March 2002 Auckland Blues   22 – 20   NSW Waratahs North Harbour Stadium, Auckland  
Attendance: 22,000[5]


30 March 2002 Wellington Hurricanes   22 – 18   Queensland Reds Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North  


30 March 2002 Otago Highlanders   24 – 29   Waikato Chiefs Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill  


31 March 2002 Canterbury Crusaders   33 – 32   ACT Brumbies Jade Stadium, Christchurch  

Round 7Edit

5 April 2002 Otago Highlanders   19 – 10   Wellington Hurricanes Carisbrook, Dunedin  


6 April 2002 Coastal Sharks   20 – 13   Auckland Blues ABSA Stadium, Durban  


6 April 2002 Queensland Reds   49 – 46   Stormers Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  


6 April 2002 Canterbury Crusaders   49 – 15   Northern Bulls Jade Stadium, Christchurch  


6 April 2002 Golden Cats   25 – 36   Waikato Chiefs Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein  

Round 8Edit

12 April 2002 Golden Cats   12 – 24   Auckland Blues Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein  
Attendance: 10,000


12 April 2002 Canterbury Crusaders   41 – 21   Stormers Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
Attendance: 27,000


12 April 2002 Queensland Reds   48 – 12   Northern Bulls Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  


13 April 2002 Coastal Sharks   21 – 18   Waikato Chiefs ABSA Stadium, Durban  
Attendance: 26,000


13 April 2002 NSW Waratahs   31 – 13   Otago Highlanders Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
Attendance: 35,254[6]


14 April 2002 ACT Brumbies   13 – 20   Wellington Hurricanes Canberra Stadium, Canberra  
Attendance: 21,011

Round 9Edit

19 April 2002 Auckland Blues   65 – 24   Northern Bulls Eden Park, Auckland  
Attendance: 26,640


20 April 2002 Golden Cats   15 – 27   Queensland Reds Ellis Park, Johannesburg  


20 April 2002 Waikato Chiefs   33 – 45   Stormers Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  


20 April 2002 Coastal Sharks   34 – 37   Canterbury Crusaders ABSA Stadium, Durban  
Attendance: 30,000


20 April 2002 NSW Waratahs   19 – 11   ACT Brumbies Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
Attendance: 41,645[7]

Round 10Edit

26 April 2002 Auckland Blues   25 – 6   Stormers Eden Park, Auckland  


26 April 2002 ACT Brumbies   18 – 25   Otago Highlanders Canberra Stadium, Canberra  


26 April 2002 Golden Cats   30 – 37   Canterbury Crusaders Ellis Park, Johannesburg  


27 April 2002 Coastal Sharks   29 – 30   Queensland Reds ABSA Stadium, Durban  


27 April 2002 Waikato Chiefs   53 – 24   Northern Bulls Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  


27 April 2002 NSW Waratahs   19 – 13   Wellington Hurricanes Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
Attendance: 37,288[8]

Round 11Edit

3 May 2002 Auckland Blues   13 – 20   Otago Highlanders Eden Park, Auckland  


4 May 2002 Northern Bulls   10 – 23   Coastal Sharks Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  


4 May 2002 Golden Cats   25 – 36   Stormers Ellis Park, Johannesburg  


4 May 2002 Waikato Chiefs   15 – 42   ACT Brumbies Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua  


4 May 2002 Wellington Hurricanes   20 – 48   Canterbury Crusaders Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
Attendance: 34,500


5 May 2002 Queensland Reds   31 – 24   NSW Waratahs Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  

Round 12Edit

10 May 2002 Waikato Chiefs   44 – 20   Wellington Hurricanes Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  
Attendance: 25,000


10 May 2002 ACT Brumbies   46 – 25   Auckland Blues Bruce Stadium, Canberra  
Tries: Graeme Bond, Andrew Walker, Stephen Larkham, Stirling Mortlock
Cons: Andrew Walker (3)
Pens: Andrew Walker (3), Stirling Mortlock (2)
Tries: Doug Howlett, Rico Gear, Samiu Vahafolau
Cons: Carlos Spencer (2)
Pens: Carlos Spencer (2)
Attendance: 23,623
Referee: Tappe Henning  


11 May 2002 Canterbury Crusaders   96 – 19   NSW Waratahs Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
Tries: Caleb Ralph (4), Leon MacDonald (2), Marika Vunibaka (2), Scott Robertson (2), Aaron Mauger, Daryl Gibson, Greg Feek, Justin Marshall
Cons: Andrew Mehrtens (13)
Tries: Des Tuiavii, Francis Cullimore, Marc Stcherbina
Cons: Matt Burke (2)
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan  


11 May 2002 Otago Highlanders   40 – 26   Queensland Reds Carisbrook, Dunedin  
Attendance: 26,100


11 May 2002 Coastal Sharks   38 – 11   Golden Cats ABSA Stadium, Durban  
Attendance: 29,517


11 May 2002 Stormers   31 – 27   Northern Bulls Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
Attendance: 30,000

FinalsEdit

Semi finalsEdit

18 May 2002
Crusaders  34 – 23  Highlanders
Tries: Mark Robinson (2), Richie McCaw
Cons: Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pens: Andrew Mehrtens (3)
Drops: Andrew Mehrtens, Aaron Mauger
Tries: Jeff Wilson, Willie Walker
Cons: Willie Walker (2)
Pens: Willie Walker (3)
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Stuart Dickinson  
18 May 2002
Waratahs  10 – 51  ACT Brumbies
Try: Scott Staniforth
Con: Matt Burke
Pen: Matthew Burke
Tries: Graeme Bond, Jeremy Paul, Justin Harrison, Owen Finegan, Pat Howard
Cons: Julian Huxley (5), Stirling Mortlock
Pens: Julian Huxley (2), Andrew Walker
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 36,146[9]
Referee: Paddy O'Brien  

Grand finalEdit

25 May 2002
Crusaders  31 – 13  ACT Brumbies
Tries: Vunibaka, Ralph (2)
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (3)
Drop: Mehrtens
Try: Walker
Con: Walker
Pen: Walker (2)
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Andre Watson  
Crusaders
15 Leon MacDonald
14 Marika Vunibaka
13 Mark Robinson
12 Aaron Mauger
11 Caleb Ralph
10 Andrew Mehrtens
9 Justin Marshall
8 Scott Robertson
7 Richie McCaw
6 Chris Jack
5 Norm Maxwell
4 Reuben Thorne (c)
3 Greg Feek
2 Mark Hammett
1 Greg Somerville
Replacements:
16 David Hewett
17 Corey Flynn
18 Sam Broomhall
19 Johnny Leo'o
20 Ben Hurst
21 Daryl Gibson
22 Ben Blair
Coach:
  Robbie Deans
Brumbies
15 Mark Bartholomeusz
14 Graeme Bond
13 Stirling Mortlock
12 Pat Howard
11 Andrew Walker
10 Stephen Larkham
9 George Gregan (c)
8 Scott Fava
7 George Smith
6 Owen Finegan
5 Justin Harrison
4 Daniel Vickerman
3 Ben Darwin
2 Jeremy Paul
1 Bill Young
Replacements:
16 Damian Flynn
17 Angus Scott
18 David Pusey
19 Peter Ryan
20 Travis Hall
21 Joel Wilson
22 Julian Huxley
Coach:
  David Nucifora

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crusaders hang on".
  2. ^ "Waratahs boosted by season ticket sales". 21 November 2002.
  3. ^ "Blues ponder best use of Spencer brilliance".
  4. ^ "Waratahs boosted by season ticket sales". 21 November 2002.
  5. ^ "Blues to look into stadium bottleneck".
  6. ^ "Waratahs boosted by season ticket sales". 21 November 2002.
  7. ^ "Waratahs boosted by season ticket sales". 21 November 2002.
  8. ^ "Waratahs boosted by season ticket sales". 21 November 2002.
  9. ^ "Waratahs boosted by season ticket sales". 21 November 2002.