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The 2011 Super Rugby season was the first season of the new 15-team format for the Super Rugby competition, which involved teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Including its past iterations as Super 12 and Super 14, this was the 16th season for the Southern Hemisphere's premier transnational club competition. The season kicked off in February 2011, with pre-season matches held from mid-January. It finished in early July to allow players a recovery period for the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in September and October; in future non-World Cup years, the competition will extend into August.

2011 Super Rugby season
CountriesAustralia (5 teams)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (5 teams)
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsReds (1st title)
Matches played125
Tries scored559 (4.47 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Quade Cooper (228)
Top try scorer(s)Bjorn Basson /
Sean Maitland /
Sarel Pretorius (9)
Official websitesuperrugby.com
2010 (Previous) (Next) 2012

This season saw the arrival of the Melbourne Rebels, admitted to the competition as Australia's fifth team after entry by the Southern Kings from South Africa was denied. This was also the first season of a revamped competition format, with a greater focus on matches within each participating country and an expanded finals series.

During this season, the first ever Super Rugby game was played outside the SANZAR region, taking place at Twickenham Stadium between the Crusaders and the Sharks. The match was moved to Twickenham because of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Proceeds of the game were also donated to the relief effort.

The final was played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane between the Queensland Reds and the Crusaders. The Reds won 18–13 to claim their first Super Rugby title.[1]

Competition formatEdit

Covering 21 weeks, the schedule featured a total of 125 matches. The 15 teams were grouped by geography, labelled the Australian Conference, New Zealand Conference and the South African Conference. With the new format, the regular season consisted of two types of matches:

  • Internal Conference Matches – Each team plays the other four teams in the same conference twice, home and away. (See table below for conferences.)
  • Cross Conference Matches – Each team plays four teams of the other two conferences away, and four teams of the other two conferences home, thus missing out on two teams (one from each of the other conferences). Each team plays two home and two away games against teams from each of the other countries, making a total of eight cross conference games for each team.[2]

The top team of each conference, plus the next top three teams in table points regardless of conference (wild card teams), moved on to the finals.[3][4] The top two conference winners, based on table points, receive first-round byes. In the first round of the finals, the third conference winner is the No. 3 seed and hosts the wild card team with the worst record, and the best wild card team hosts the second-best wild card team. In the semi-finals, the No. 2 conference winner hosts the higher surviving seed from the first round, and the No. 1 conference winner hosts the other first-round winner. The final is hosted by the top remaining seed.[5]

StandingsEdit

Australian Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Reds 18 13 0 3 2 429 309 +120 5 1 66
2 Waratahs 18 10 0 6 2 398 252 +146 6 3 57
3 Western Force 18 5 2 9 2 333 416 −83 0 5 37
4 Brumbies 18 4 1 11 2 314 437 −123 3 4 33
5 Rebels 18 3 0 13 2 281 570 −289 2 2 24
New Zealand Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Crusaders 18 11 1 4 2 436 273 +163 5 2 61
2 Blues 18 10 1 5 2 405 335 +70 6 4 60
3 Highlanders 18 8 0 8 2 296 343 −47 2 3 45
4 Hurricanes 18 5 2 9 2 328 398 −70 5 5 42
5 Chiefs 18 6 1 9 2 332 348 −16 2 4 40
South African Conference
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Stormers 18 12 0 4 2 400 257 +143 4 3 63
2 Sharks 18 10 1 5 2 407 339 +68 6 1 57
3 Bulls 18 10 0 6 2 416 370 +46 3 3 54
4 Cheetahs 18 5 0 11 2 435 437 −2 5 7 40
5 Lions 18 3 1 12 2 351 477 −126 2 5 29
Overall Standings
Pos Team Rnd W D L Bye PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1   Reds 18 13 0 3 2 429 309 +120 5 1 66
2   Stormers 18 12 0 4 2 400 257 +143 4 3 63
3   Crusaders 18 11 1 4 2 436 273 +163 5 2 61
4   Blues 18 10 1 5 2 405 335 +70 6 4 60
5   Waratahs 18 10 0 6 2 398 252 +146 6 3 57
6   Sharks 18 10 1 5 2 407 339 +68 6 1 57
7   Bulls 18 10 0 6 2 416 370 +46 3 3 54
8   Highlanders 18 8 0 8 2 296 343 −47 2 3 45
9   Hurricanes 18 5 2 9 2 328 398 −70 5 5 42
10   Chiefs 18 6 1 9 2 332 348 −16 2 4 40
11   Cheetahs 18 5 0 11 2 435 437 −2 5 7 40
12   Western Force 18 5 2 9 2 333 416 −83 0 5 37
13   Brumbies 18 4 1 11 2 314 437 −123 3 4 33
14   Lions 18 3 1 12 2 351 477 −126 2 5 29
15   Rebels 18 3 0 13 2 281 570 −289 2 2 24

Source: NZ Herald

Legend:

  • Rnd = Round Completed (Games Played plus Byes), W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Bye = Number of Byes, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points

Points breakdown:

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

The Overall Standings classification system:[6][7]

  • Three Conference Winners/Leaders in log points order
  • Three Wildcard teams in log points order
  • The remaining nine teams in log points order
  • When teams are level on log points, they are sorted by number of games won, then overall points difference, then number of tries scored and then overall try difference

Notes:

  • The Round 2 match between the Crusaders and Hurricanes scheduled for 26 February 2011 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington was abandoned by agreement of both sides and SANZAR due to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The match was declared a draw, with both sides earning 2 competition points.[8]

FixturesEdit

Round 1Edit

Bye/s: Stormers

Round 2Edit

Note * : The match was cancelled and called a draw due to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Byes: Western Force

Round 3Edit

Byes: Hurricanes

Round 4Edit

Byes: Bulls, Reds, Waratahs

Round 5Edit

Byes: Brumbies

Round 6Edit

Byes: Highlanders

Round 7Edit

Byes: Crusaders

Round 8Edit

Byes: Blues, Chiefs, Rebels

Round 9Edit

Byes: Sharks

Round 10Edit

Byes: Brumbies, Cheetahs, Stormers

Round 11Edit

Byes: Lions

Round 12Edit

Byes: Bulls

Round 13Edit

Byes: Western Force, Sharks, Waratahs

Round 14Edit

Byes: Highlanders, Hurricanes, Reds

Round 15Edit

Byes: Blues, Chiefs, Rebels

Round 16Edit

Byes: Crusaders

Round 17Edit

Byes: Cheetahs

Round 18Edit

Byes: Lions

FinalsEdit

Qualifying finals Semifinals Grand final
                             
  24 June 2011  
4     Blues 26  
5     Waratahs 13           2 July 2011      
        1     Reds 30    
        4     Blues 13     9 July 2011
                  Reds   18
            2 July 2011         Crusaders   13
          2     Stormers 10    
  25 June 2011         3     Crusaders 29    
  3     Crusaders 36          
  6     Sharks 8          

QualifiersEdit

Qualifier 1
Qualifier 2
Byes: Reds, Stormers

Semi-finalsEdit

Semi-final 1
Semi-final 2

FinalEdit

Player statisticsEdit

AttendancesEdit

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
  Blues Eden Park 50,000 153,009 17,001
  Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800
  Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500 72,064 10,294 34%
  Crusaders Trafalgar Park 18,000 133,535 14,837
  Highlanders Carisbrook 30,000 76,544 9,568
  Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500 332,538 33,253 63%
  Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 104,831 13,103 52%
  Waratahs Allianz Stadium 44,000 163,947 20,493
  Melbourne Rebels AAMI Park 29,500 137,124 17,140 58%
  Western Force nib Stadium 20,500 129,606 16,200 79%
  Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000 222,797 27,849 53%
  Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,792 250,331 31,291 60%
  Lions Ellis Park 62,567 172,337 21,542 34%
  Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000
  Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900 364,094 40,454 77%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iMtSXBfPfjd0hHgcOqskFzPQEUiA?docId=CNG.6c4645ce2c3aff875cec6a3515475b82.5e1
  2. ^ "How will the new Super Rugby format work?". Super XV. Sports Digital Media. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Super Rugby: Conferences". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  4. ^ Smith, Wayne (29 January 2011). "Warming to sound of Supe". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Super Rugby: Finals Format". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  6. ^ "About Super XV Rugby". www.superxv.com. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Team with "Most Wins" will finish higher in Super Rugby". SANZAR. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Crusaders withdraw from Hurricanes match – draw declared" (Press release). New Zealand Rugby Union. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Bulls 28-35 Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2011 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2011 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

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