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2016 Super Rugby season
CountriesArgentina (1 team)
Australia (5 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (6 teams)
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsHurricanes (1st title)
Matches played142
Tries scored910 (6.41 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Beauden Barrett (223)
Top try scorer(s)Israel Folau (11)
Official websiteOfficial site
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The 2016 Super Rugby season was the 21st season of Super Rugby and the first season featuring an expanded 18-team format. It was also the first season that teams outside Australia, New Zealand and South Africa featured, with the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from Japan taking part. This season also saw the return of the Kings, who competed just once before, in the 2013 Super Rugby season.[1] The round-robin games took place every weekend from 26 February to 16 July 2016 (with a break for international matches during June), followed by the finals series at the end of July and culminating in the final on 6 August.

The Hurricanes won their first championship after repeating their efforts of 2015 by finishing first in the regular season and hosting the final at Westpac Stadium, but this time they won, beating the Lions 20-3. Unlike 2015, where the Hurricanes looked likely to finish the regular season first with a number of rounds to go, they were sitting in seventh going into the final week of the regular season and while guaranteed a play-off spot, they required a number of upset results to elevate them to first. In particular the Lions losing to the Jaguares and scoring no match points after sending an under-strength side to Argentina, thereby losing their chance to host the final.

Competition formatEdit

The 18 teams were grouped geographically in two regional groups, each consisting of two conferences: the Australasian Group, with five teams in the Australian Conference and five teams in the New Zealand Conference and the South African Group, with six South African teams, one Argentinean team and one Japanese team split into a four-team Africa 1 Conference and a four-team Africa 2 Conference.[2]

In the group stages, there were 17 rounds of matches, where each team played 15 matches and had two rounds of byes for a total of 135 matches.

Teams played six intra-conference matches; in the four-team African Conferences, each team played the other three teams in their conference at home and away, while in the five-team Australasian Conferences, each team played two teams home and away and once against the other two teams (one at home and one away). The other nine matches were a single round of matches against each team in the other conference in their group, as well as against each team from one of the conferences in the other group. For 2016, the teams in Africa 1 played the teams in the Australian Conference, while the teams in Africa 2 played the teams in the New Zealand Conference.

The top team in each of the four conferences automatically qualified to the Quarter Finals. The next top three teams in the Australasian Group and the next top team in the South African group also qualified to the Quarter Finals as wildcards. The conference winners were seeded #1 to #4 for the Quarter Finals, in order of log points gained during the group stages, while the wildcards were seeded as #5 to #8 in order of log points gained during the group stages.

In the Quarter Finals, the conference winners hosted the first round of the finals, with the highest-seeded conference winner hosting the fourth-seeded wildcard entry, the second-seeded conference winner hosting the third-seeded wildcard entry, the third-seeded conference winner hosting the second-seeded wildcard entry and the fourth-seeded conference winner hosting the top-seed wildcard entry.

The Quarter Final winners progressed to the Semi-Finals, where the highest seed to reach the Semi-Finals hosted the lowest seed and the second-seeded semi-finalist hosted the third-seeded team.

The winners of the Semi-Finals progressed to the Final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.

StandingsEdit

The final standings for the 2016 Super Rugby season are:[3][4]

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Australasian Group
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 458 314 +144 61 37 7 2 53
2 Australia Brumbies 15 10 0 5 425 326 +99 56 40 3 0 43
3 New Zealand Highlanders 15 11 0 4 422 273 +149 50 28 4 4 52
4 New Zealand Chiefs 15 11 0 4 491 341 +150 68 39 6 1 51
5 New Zealand Crusaders 15 11 0 4 487 317 +170 65 40 5 1 50
6 Australia Waratahs 15 8 0 7 413 317 +96 55 37 4 4 40
7 New Zealand Blues 15 8 1 6 374 380 −6 45 47 2 3 39
8 Australia Rebels 15 7 0 8 365 486 −121 46 65 2 1 31
9 Australia Reds 15 3 1 11 290 458 −168 33 57 0 3 17
10 Australia Western Force 15 2 0 13 260 441 −181 25 60 0 5 13
South African Group
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Lions 15 11 0 4 535 349 +186 71 42 7 1 52
2 South Africa Stormers 15 10 1 4 440 274 +166 49 28 5 4 51
3 South Africa Sharks 15 9 1 5 360 269 +91 40 30 2 3 43
4 South Africa Bulls 15 9 1 5 399 339 +60 47 37 4 0 42
5 Argentina Jaguares 15 4 0 11 376 427 −51 44 51 1 5 22
6 South Africa Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 377 425 −48 47 48 1 4 21
7 South Africa Southern Kings 15 2 0 13 282 684 −402 34 95 1 0 9
8 Japan Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 293 627 −334 33 88 0 3 9

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 – Australasian Group
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 QF SF Final
Hurricanes 0
(10th)
1
(9th)
5
(9th)
10
(6th)
15
(4th)
15
(6th)
20
(5th)
25
(4th)
26
(4th)
31
(4th)
31
(5th)
36
(5th)
36
(5th)
40
(4th)
44
(4th)
48
(5th)
53
(1st)
Won Won Won
Brumbies 5
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
13
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
21
(6th)
21
(6th)
25
(2nd)
29
(6th)
29
(6th)
34
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
43
(2nd)
Lost N/A N/A
Highlanders 1
(6th)
5
(6th)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
18
(3rd)
22
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(5th)
24
(5th)
28
(5th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
37
(4th)
38
(5th)
43
(5th)
48
(4th)
52
(3rd)
Won Lost N/A
Chiefs 4
(2nd)
5
(5th)
10
(2nd)
14
(1st)
19
(1st)
24
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
33
(1st)
37
(1st)
37
(3rd)
37
(3rd)
42
(1st)
42
(3rd)
46
(1st)
51
(1st)
51
(4th)
Won Lost N/A
Crusaders 1
(7th)
5
(2nd)
5
(5th)
10
(5th)
14
(5th)
18
(4th)
22
(4th)
27
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
37
(1st)
37
(1st)
41
(3rd)
45
(1st)
45
(3rd)
50
(3rd)
50
(5th)
Lost N/A N/A
Waratahs 5
(3rd)
5
(4th)
5
(6th)
6
(8th)
10
(7th)
11
(7th)
11
(8th)
12
(8th)
17
(7th)
21
(7th)
25
(6th)
30
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
34
(6th)
39
(6th)
39
(6th)
40
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Blues 4
(5th)
4
(7th)
5
(8th)
7
(7th)
7
(8th)
11
(8th)
12
(7th)
16
(7th)
16
(8th)
20
(8th)
25
(7th)
25
(7th)
29
(7th)
30
(7th)
30
(7th)
35
(7th)
39
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Rebels 4
(4th)
4
(8th)
8
(4th)
13
(4th)
13
(6th)
17
(5th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
22
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(8th)
23
(8th)
23
(8th)
27
(8th)
27
(8th)
27
(8th)
31
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds 0
(9th)
0
(10th)
1
(10th)
3
(10th)
4
(10th)
4
(10th)
8
(9th)
8
(9th)
8
(9th)
12
(9th)
12
(9th)
12
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
17
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Force 1
(8th)
5
(3rd)
5
(7th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
10
(10th)
10
(10th)
11
(10th)
12
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – South African Group
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 QF SF Final
Lions 5
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
18
(2nd)
22
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
32
(1st)
37
(1st)
42
(1st)
47
(1st)
52
(1st)
52
(1st)
Won Won Lost
Stormers 5
(2nd)
9
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(1st)
18
(1st)
23
(1st)
24
(1st)
28
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
31
(2nd)
32
(4th)
36
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
46
(2nd)
51
(2nd)
Lost N/A N/A
Sharks 5
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
15
(1st)
16
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(4th)
17
(4th)
21
(4th)
22
(4th)
26
(4th)
30
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
39
(3rd)
43
(3rd)
Lost N/A N/A
Bulls 0
(7th)
4
(5th)
4
(6th)
6
(4th)
10
(4th)
14
(4th)
19
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
28
(4th)
32
(2nd)
32
(4th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
42
(4th)
N/A N/A N/A
Jaguares 4
(4th)
5
(4th)
5
(4th)
6
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
12
(6th)
12
(6th)
13
(6th)
13
(6th)
14
(6th)
18
(6th)
18
(6th)
22
(5th)
N/A N/A N/A
Cheetahs 1
(5th)
1
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
16
(5th)
16
(5th)
17
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Kings 0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sunwolves 0
(6th)
0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
2
(7th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

MatchesEdit

The fixtures for the 2016 Super Rugby competition were released on 28 September 2015:[6]

Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Bye/s: Sunwolves, Kings

Round 3Edit

Bye/s: Bulls, Crusaders, Jaguares, Waratahs

Round 4Edit

Round 5Edit

Bye/s: Blues, Lions

Round 6Edit

Bye/s: Hurricanes, Reds, Sharks, Stormers

Round 7Edit

Bye/s: Brumbies, Cheetahs, Rebels, Waratahs

Round 8Edit

Bye/s: Chiefs, Force, Highlanders, Kings

Round 9Edit

Bye/s: Blues, Bulls

Round 10Edit

Bye/s: Crusaders, Sunwolves

Round 11Edit

Bye/s: Jaguares, Lions, Rebels, Stormers

Round 12Edit

Bye/s: Chiefs, Force

Round 13Edit

Bye/s: Brumbies, Cheetahs, Highlanders, Hurricanes

Round 14Edit

Bye/s: Reds, Sharks

Round 15Edit

Round 16Edit