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2015 Super Rugby season

2015 Super Rugby season
CountriesAustralia
New Zealand
South Africa
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsHighlanders (1st title)
Matches played125
Tries scored633 (5.06 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Lima Sopoaga (191)
Top try scorer(s)Waisake Naholo (13)
Official websiteOfficial site
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The 2015 Super Rugby season was the 20th season of Super Rugby and the fifth season featuring an expanded 15-team format. For sponsorship reasons, this competition was known as Asteron Life Super Rugby in Australia, Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand and Vodacom Super Rugby in South Africa. The round-robin matches took place every weekend from 13 February until 13 June, followed by the finals series and culminating in the final on 4 July. This was the final season that featured a 15-team format.

Competition formatEdit

Covering 21 weeks, the schedule featured a total of 125 matches. The 15 teams were grouped geographically, labelled the Australian Conference, New Zealand Conference and the South African Conference. The regular season consisted of two types of matches:[1]

  • Internal Conference Matches – Each team played the other four teams in the same conference twice, home and away.
  • Cross Conference Matches – Each team played 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 played two home and two away games against teams from each of the other conferences, making a total of eight cross conference games for each team.

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. The top two conference winners, based on table points, received byes in the qualifier round. In the qualifier round, the third conference winner was the number three seed and hosted the wild card team with the worst record, and the best wild card team hosted the second-best wild card team. In the semi-finals, the number two conference winner hosted the higher surviving seed from the first round, and the number one conference winner hosted the other first-round winner. The final was hosted by the top remaining seed.[2]

StandingsEdit

2015 Super Rugby standings watch · edit · discuss
Overall standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 458 288 +170 58 31 9 1 66
2 Australia Waratahs 16 11 0 5 409 313 +96 50 41 5 3 52
3 South Africa Stormers 16 10 1 5 373 323 +50 32 35 2 1 45
4 New Zealand Highlanders 16 11 0 5 450 333 +117 54 40 6 3 53
5 New Zealand Chiefs 16 10 0 6 372 299 +73 40 27 4 4 48
6 Australia Brumbies 16 9 0 7 369 261 +108 45 21 6 5 47
7 New Zealand Crusaders 16 9 0 7 481 338 +143 56 39 8 2 46
8 South Africa Lions 16 9 1 6 342 364 −22 33 41 2 2 42
9 South Africa Bulls 16 7 0 9 397 388 +9 37 39 4 6 38
10 Australia Rebels 16 7 0 9 319 354 −35 35 42 3 5 36
11 South Africa Sharks 16 7 0 9 338 401 −63 37 43 3 3 34
12 South Africa Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 357 531 −174 44 65 4 2 26
13 Australia Reds 16 4 0 12 247 434 −187 32 53 3 3 22
14 New Zealand Blues 16 3 0 13 282 428 −146 29 50 2 6 20
15 Australia Western Force 16 3 0 13 245 384 −139 28 43 3 4 19
Australia Australian Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Waratahs 16 11 0 5 409 313 +96 50 41 5 3 52
2 Brumbies 16 9 0 7 369 261 +108 45 21 6 5 47
3 Rebels 16 7 0 9 319 354 −35 35 42 3 5 36
4 Reds 16 4 0 12 247 434 −187 32 53 3 3 22
5 Western Force 16 3 0 13 245 384 −139 28 43 3 4 19
New Zealand New Zealand Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 458 288 +170 58 31 9 1 66
2 Highlanders 16 11 0 5 450 333 +117 54 40 6 3 53
3 Chiefs 16 10 0 6 372 299 +73 40 27 4 4 48
4 Crusaders 16 9 0 7 481 338 +143 56 39 8 2 46
5 Blues 16 3 0 13 282 428 −146 29 50 2 6 20
South Africa South African Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Stormers 16 10 1 5 373 323 +50 32 35 2 1 45
2 Lions 16 9 1 6 342 364 −22 32 41 2 2 42
3 Bulls 16 7 0 9 397 388 +9 37 39 4 6 38
4 Sharks 16 7 0 9 338 401 −63 37 43 3 3 34
5 Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 357 531 −174 44 65 4 2 26
Final standings.[3][4]

Brumbies, Chiefs, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Stormers and Waratahs qualified to the play-offs.

Round-by-roundEdit

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets:

Team Progression – 2015 Super Rugby season
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 Qual SF Final
Hurricanes 4
(3rd)
8
(2nd)
13
(1st)
13
(4th)
18
(2nd)
22
(1st)
27
(1st)
31
(1st)
31
(1st)
33
(1st)
38
(1st)
43
(1st)
48
(1st)
52
(1st)
57
(1st)
57
(1st)
62
(1st)
66
(1st)
Bye Won Lost
Waratahs 0
(12th)
5
(9th)
5
(10th)
9
(6th)
10
(8th)
14
(8th)
18
(6th)
18
(8th)
18
(10th)
23
(7th)
27
(7th)
31
(6th)
32
(7th)
36
(6th)
41
(2nd)
42
(3rd)
47
(2nd)
52
(2nd)
Bye Lost N/A
Stormers 4
(5th)
8
(1st)
12
(2nd)
16
(1st)
16
(3rd)
16
(3rd)
16
(8th)
17
(9th)
22
(6th)
26
(6th)
30
(3rd)
30
(7th)
34
(2nd)
34
(7th)
38
(3rd)
43
(2nd)
45
(3rd)
45
(3rd)
Lost N/A N/A
Highlanders 0
(10th)
1
(12th)
5
(9th)
9
(7th)
14
(5th)
15
(6th)
20
(5th)
20
(5th)
24
(5th)
28
(5th)
28
(6th)
33
(5th)
34
(5th)
39
(5th)
43
(5th)
48
(4th)
48
(5th)
53
(4th)
Won Won Won
Chiefs 4
(7th)
8
(4th)
13
(4th)
14
(3rd)
18
(4th)
19
(4th)
24
(4th)
28
(4th)
28
(4th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
38
(4th)
38
(4th)
39
(4th)
44
(4th)
44
(5th)
48
(4th)
48
(5th)
Lost N/A N/A
Brumbies 5
(1st)
6
(3rd)
10
(3rd)
15
(2nd)
20
(1st)
20
(2nd)
20
(2nd)
24
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
26
(3rd)
31
(2nd)
32
(3rd)
33
(3rd)
38
(2nd)
38
(6th)
42
(6th)
47
(6th)
47
(6th)
Won Lost N/A
Crusaders 0
(11th)
4
(10th)
4
(13th)
4
(14th)
9
(10th)
14
(7th)
14
(9th)
19
(6th)
20
(8th)
20
(10th)
25
(9th)
26
(9th)
31
(9th)
31
(9th)
31
(9th)
36
(8th)
41
(8th)
46
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Lions 0
(14th)
0
(15th)
1
(15th)
5
(11th)
5
(13th)
9
(11th)
13
(10th)
17
(10th)
21
(7th)
21
(8th)
26
(8th)
27
(8th)
31
(8th)
31
(8th)
36
(7th)
40
(7th)
42
(7th)
42
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Bulls 0
(13th)
1
(13th)
6
(8th)
10
(5th)
10
(7th)
14
(9th)
18
(7th)
19
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
28
(2nd)
29
(5th)
34
(2nd)
34
(6th)
35
(3rd)
35
(8th)
36
(9th)
37
(9th)
38
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Rebels 4
(6th)
5
(7th)
6
(7th)
6
(9th)
10
(9th)
11
(10th)
11
(11th)
15
(11th)
15
(11th)
19
(11th)
20
(11th)
24
(10th)
29
(10th)
30
(10th)
30
(10th)
31
(10th)
35
(10th)
36
(10th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sharks 1
(9th)
6
(5th)
6
(6th)
6
(10th)
11
(6th)
15
(5th)
19
(3rd)
19
(7th)
20
(9th)
21
(9th)
21
(10th)
21
(11th)
21
(11th)
21
(11th)
25
(11th)
29
(11th)
29
(11th)
34
(11th)
N/A N/A N/A
Cheetahs 5
(2nd)
5
(6th)
9
(5th)
9
(8th)
9
(11th)
9
(12th)
9
(12th)
9
(12th)
13
(12th)
14
(12th)
16
(12th)
20
(12th)
20
(12th)
20
(12th)
20
(12th)
20
(13th)
21
(13th)
26
(12th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds 0
(15th)
4
(11th)
5
(12th)
5
(13th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
6
(14th)
6
(14th)
7
(15th)
11
(13th)
11
(13th)
11
(14th)
11
(15th)
16
(14th)
17
(14th)
22
(12th)
22
(12th)
22
(13th)
N/A N/A N/A
Blues 1
(8th)
1
(14th)
2
(14th)
3
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
5
(15th)
9
(13th)
11
(14th)
11
(14th)
16
(13th)
16
(13th)
20
(13th)
20
(13th)
20
(14th)
20
(14th)
20
(14th)
N/A N/A N/A
Western Force 5
(4th)
5
(8th)
5
(11th)
5
(12th)
6
(12th)
7
(13th)
8
(13th)
8
(13th)
8
(14th)
9
(15th)
10
(15th)
11
(15th)
15
(14th)
15
(15th)
15
(15th)
15
(15th)
15
(15th)
19
(15th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

MatchesEdit

The following matches were played during the 2015 Super Rugby regular season:[6]

Round 1Edit

Bye/s: Highlanders

Round 2Edit

Bye/s: Cheetahs

Round 3Edit

Bye/s: Waratahs

Round 4Edit

Bye/s: Crusaders, Hurricanes, Rebels

Round 5Edit

Bye/s: Bulls

Round 6Edit

Bye/s: Blues, Reds, Stormers

Round 7Edit

Bye/s: Brumbies

Round 8Edit

Bye/s: Western Force, Highlanders, Waratahs

Round 9Edit

Bye/s: Chiefs, Hurricanes, Rebels

Round 10Edit

Bye/s: Lions

Round 11Edit

Bye/s: Sharks

Round 12Edit

Bye/s: Reds

Round 13Edit

Bye/s: Bulls, Cheetahs, Chiefs

Round 14Edit

Bye/s: Crusaders, Western Force, Stormers

Round 15Edit

Bye/s: Brumbies

Round 16Edit

Bye/s: Blues

Round 17Edit

Bye/s: Sharks

Round 18Edit