2003 Super 12 season

The 2003 Super 12 season was the eighth season of the Super 12, contested by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The season ran from February to May 2003, 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 Blues and the Crusaders at Eden Park, Auckland. The Blues won 21 – 17 to win their third Super 12 title.

2003 Super 12
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsNew Zealand Auckland Blues (3rd title)
Matches played69
Attendance1,686,678 (24,445 per match)
Top point scorer(s)New Zealand Carlos Spencer (143)
(Auckland Blues)
Top try scorer(s)New Zealand Doug Howlett (12)
(Auckland Blues)
2002 (Previous) (Next) 2004

TableEdit

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Blues 11 10 0 1 393 185 +208 9 49
2   Crusaders 11 8 0 3 360 263 +97 8 40
3   Hurricanes 11 7 0 4 324 277 +47 7 35
4   Brumbies 11 6 0 5 358 313 +45 7 31
5   Waratahs 11 6 0 5 313 344 -31 7 31
6   Bulls 11 6 0 5 320 354 -34 5 30
7   Highlanders 11 6 0 5 287 246 +41 5 29
8   Reds 11 5 0 6 281 318 -37 6 26
9   Stormers 11 5 0 6 255 353 -98 3 23
10   Chiefs 11 2 0 9 257 274 -17 9 17
11   Sharks 11 3 0 8 239 306 -67 5 17
12   Cats 11 2 0 9 259 398 -139 4 12

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

21 February 2003 Waikato Chiefs   16 – 29   Otago Highlanders Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  
19:35 Tries: Paul Miller
Cons.: Glen Jackson
Pens.: Glen Jackson (3)
Tries: Aisea Tuilevu
Pens.: Willie Walker (8)
Attendance: 12,000


21 February 2003 NSW Waratahs   18 – 31   Auckland Blues Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
19:40 Tries: Morgan Turinui, Duncan McRae
Cons.: Matt Burke (1/2)
Pens.: Matt Burke (3)
Tries: Rupeni Caucaunibuca (2), Joe Rokocoko, David Gibson
Cons.: Orene Ai'i (1/4)
Pens.: Orene Ai'i (3)
Attendance: 27,247


21 February 2003 Golden Cats   26 – 34   Northern Bulls Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein  
17:05 Tries: Gcobani Bobo, Friedrich Lombard
Cons.: André Pretorius (2/2)
Pens.: André Pretorius (4)
Tries: Joost van der Westhuizen
Cons.: Louis Koen (1/1)
Pens.: Louis Koen (6)
Drop: Louis Koen (3)
Attendance: 9,937


21 February 2003 Stormers   40 – 18   Coastal Sharks Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
19:10 Con: Chris Rossouw (3/5)
Pen: Chris Rossouw (3)
Pen: Butch James (1) Attendance: 44,533


22 February 2003 Canterbury Crusaders   37 – 21   Wellington Hurricanes Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
19:35 Tries: Dan Carter (2), Caleb Ralph, Marika Vunibaka, Aaron Mauger
Cons.: Leon MacDonald (3/5)
Pens.: Leon Macdonald (2)
Tries: Ma'a Nonu Joe Ward
Cons.: Riki Flutey (1/2)
Pens.: Riki Flutey (3)
Attendance: 30,000


22 February 2003 Queensland Reds   19 – 22   ACT Brumbies Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  
18:40 Tries: Chris Latham
Cons.: Julian Huxley (1/1)
Pens.: Julian Huxley (4)
Tries: Joe Roff
Cons.: Stirling Mortlock (1/1)
Pens.: Stirling Mortlock (5)
Attendance: 18,000

Round 2Edit

28 February 2003 Canterbury Crusaders   34 – 6   Queensland Reds Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
19:35 Pen: Elton Flatley(2) Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Mark Lawrence


1 March 2003 Otago Highlanders   41 – 17   Stormers Carisbrook, Dunedin  
14:35 Attendance: 18,000


1 March 2003 Wellington Hurricanes   34 – 46   Northern Bulls McLean Park, Napier  
17:35 Attendance: 10,000


1 March 2003 Waikato Chiefs   27 – 30   Auckland Blues Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  
19:35 Attendance: 10,000


1 March 2003 Coastal Sharks   25 – 17   ACT Brumbies ABSA Stadium, Durban  
17:05 Attendance: 32,000


1 March 2003 Golden Cats   36 – 48   NSW Waratahs Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein  
19:10 Attendance: 22,000

Round 3Edit

7 March 2003 Otago Highlanders   29 – 22   Northern Bulls Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill  
18:00 Attendance: 14,500


7 March 2003 Wellington Hurricanes   33 – 18   Stormers Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
20:00 Attendance: 25,600[1]


7 March 2003 Golden Cats   34 – 32   ACT Brumbies Ellis Park, Johannesburg  
19:10 Attendance: 25,237


8 March 2003 Waikato Chiefs   43 – 27   Queensland Reds Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  
17:35 Attendance: 11,000


8 March 2003 Auckland Blues   39 – 5   Canterbury Crusaders North Harbour Stadium, Auckland  
19:35 Attendance: 23,000


8 March 2003 Coastal Sharks   36 – 49   NSW Waratahs ABSA Stadium, Durban  
17:05 Attendance: 28,750

Round 4Edit

14 March 2003 Canterbury Crusaders   36 – 29   Waikato Chiefs Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
19:35 Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Steve Walsh


14 March 2003 ACT Brumbies   37 – 22   Stormers Canberra Stadium, Canberra  
19:40 Attendance: 18,886


14 March 2003 Coastal Sharks   20 – 35   Wellington Hurricanes ABSA Stadium, Durban  
19:10 Attendance: 32,000


15 March 2003 NSW Waratahs   26 – 16   Northern Bulls Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
19:40 Attendance: 28,587


15 March 2003 Golden Cats   33 – 21   Otago Highlanders Ellis Park, Johannesburg  
17:05 Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson

Round 5Edit

21 March 2003 Auckland Blues   62 – 20   Queensland Reds Okara Park, Whangarei  
19:00 Attendance: 15,000


21 March 2003 NSW Waratahs   29 – 39   Stormers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
20:00 Attendance: 26,947


21 March 2003 Coastal Sharks   19 – 23   Otago Highlanders ABSA Stadium, Durban  
19:10 Attendance: 26,550


22 March 2003 ACT Brumbies   64 – 26   Northern Bulls Canberra Stadium, Canberra  
19:40 Attendance: 20,240


22 March 2003 Golden Cats   21 – 28   Wellington Hurricanes Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein  
17:05 Attendance: 15,000

Round 6Edit

28 March 2003 Auckland Blues   41 – 15   ACT Brumbies Eden Park, Auckland  
19:35 Attendance: 25,000


29 March 2003 NSW Waratahs   23 – 35   Queensland Reds Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
20:10 Attendance: 35,612


29 March 2003 Otago Highlanders   16 – 17   Canterbury Crusaders Carisbrook, Dunedin  
17:00 Attendance: 29,376[2]


29 March 2003 Wellington Hurricanes   24 – 14   Waikato Chiefs Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
19:05 Attendance: 29,700[1]


29 March 2003 Golden Cats   23 – 29   Coastal Sharks Ellis Park, Johannesburg  
17:05 Attendance: 48,000

Round 7Edit

4 April 2003 Otago Highlanders   22 – 11   Auckland Blues Carisbrook, Dunedin  
19:35 Attendance: 20,500


4 April 2003 Queensland Reds   23 – 26   Wellington Hurricanes Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  
20:00 Attendance: 22,450


5 April 2003 NSW Waratahs   34 – 31   Canterbury Crusaders Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
19:40 Attendance: 32,960


5 April 2003 Northern Bulls   24 – 27   Stormers Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  
15:00 Attendance: 50,000


6 April 2003 ACT Brumbies   55 – 31   Waikato Chiefs Canberra Stadium, Canberra  
16:30 Attendance: 18,154

Round 8Edit

11 April 2003 Wellington Hurricanes   42 – 26   NSW Waratahs Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
19:35 Attendance: 30,400[1]


12 April 2003 Waikato Chiefs   25 – 31   Coastal Sharks Waikato Stadium, Hamilton  
17:30 Attendance: 9,000


12 April 2003 Canterbury Crusaders   65 – 34   Golden Cats Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
19:35 Attendance: 25,600


12 April 2003 Northern Bulls   28 – 56   Auckland Blues Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  
15:00 Attendance: 21,097


12 April 2003 Stormers   20 – 41   Queensland Reds Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
17:05 Attendance: 31,666

Round 9Edit

18 April 2003 Canterbury Crusaders   23 – 18   Coastal Sharks Jade Stadium, Christchurch  
19:35 Attendance: 23,000


18 April 2003 ACT Brumbies   41 – 15   NSW Waratahs Canberra Stadium, Canberra  
19:40 Attendance: 25,122


19 April 2003 Waikato Chiefs   40 – 9   Golden Cats Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua  
17:30 Attendance: 7,000


19 April 2003 Wellington Hurricanes   37 – 15   Otago Highlanders Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth  
19:35 Attendance: 15,647


19 April 2003 Stormers   8 – 36   Auckland Blues Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
15:00 Attendance: 30,568


19 April 2003 Northern Bulls   39 – 19   Queensland Reds Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  
17:05 Attendance: 15,628

Round 10Edit

25 April 2003 Otago Highlanders   45 – 19   ACT Brumbies Carisbrook, Dunedin  
19:35 Attendance: 14,300


26 April 2003 Auckland Blues   25 – 16   Coastal Sharks Eden Park, Auckland  
19:35 Attendance: 25,000


26 April 2003 Queensland Reds   41 – 13   Golden Cats Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  
19:40 Attendance: 14,000


26 April 2003 Northern Bulls   32 – 31   Canterbury Crusaders Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  
15:00 Attendance: 24,107


26 April 2003 Stormers   24 – 23   Waikato Chiefs Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
17:05 Attendance: 21,529

Round 11Edit

2 May 2003 Auckland Blues   33 – 9   Golden Cats Eden Park, Auckland  
19:35 Attendance: 14,000


2 May 2003 Northern Bulls   29 – 26   Waikato Chiefs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  
19:10 Attendance: 26,544


3 May 2003 Otago Highlanders   23 – 27   NSW Waratahs Carisbrook, Dunedin  
17:30 Attendance: 15,200


3 May 2003 Wellington Hurricanes   27 – 35   ACT Brumbies Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
19:35 Attendance: 34,500[1]


3 May 2003 Queensland Reds   22 – 13   Coastal Sharks Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  
19:40 Attendance: 16,577


3 May 2003 Stormers   13 – 51   Canterbury Crusaders Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
15:00 Attendance: 27,516

Round 12Edit

9 May 2003 Auckland Blues   29 – 17   Wellington Hurricanes Eden Park, Auckland  
19:35 Attendance: 45,000


9 May 2003 ACT Brumbies   21 – 28   Canterbury Crusaders Canberra Stadium, Canberra  
19:40 Attendance: 25,279


10 May 2003 Queensland Reds   28 – 23   Otago Highlanders Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  
17:35 Attendance: 21,100


10 May 2003 NSW Waratahs   25 – 14   Waikato Chiefs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  
19:40 Attendance: 31,775


10 May 2003 Coastal Sharks   16 – 24   Northern Bulls ABSA Stadium, Durban  
15:00 Attendance: 35,000


10 May 2003 Stormers   27 – 21   Golden Cats Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  
17:05 Attendance: 22,746

FinalsEdit

Semi finalsEdit

16 May 2003
19:35
Canterbury Crusaders  39 – 16  Wellington Hurricanes
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 33,500
17 May 2003
19:35
Auckland Blues  42 – 21  ACT Brumbies
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 42,000

Grand finalEdit

24 May 2003
19:35
Auckland Blues  21 – 17  Canterbury Crusaders
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 45,000[3]

AttendancesEdit

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
  Blues Eden Park 50,000 236,000 29,500 66%
  Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800 49,000 9,800 37%
  Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500 145,847 24,307 77%
  Crusaders Jade Stadium 36,500 150,100 25,016 68%
  Highlanders Carisbrook 29,000 111,876 18,646 68%
  Reds Ballymore Stadium 18,000 92,127 18,425 100%
  Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 107,681 21,536 86%
  Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000 183,128 30,521 69%
  Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000 154,300 30,860 59%
  Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,762 137,376 27,475 53%
  Cats Ellis Park 62,567 150,174 25,029 46%
  Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900 178,558 29,759 57%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (Inc) Annual Report 2003" (PDF). Sky Stadium.
  2. ^ "Rugby".
  3. ^ "Blues are Super 12 champs - Sport News".

External linksEdit