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2017 Super Rugby season

The 2017 Super Rugby season was the 22nd season of Super Rugby, an annual rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR between teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. It was the second season featuring an expanded 18-team format, following the competition's expansion from 15 teams prior to the 2016 season.

2017 Super Rugby season
CountriesArgentina (1 team)
Australia (5 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (6 teams)
Tournament format(s)Conference and knockout
ChampionsCrusaders (8th title)
Matches played142
Tries scored978 (6.89 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Elton Jantjies, Lions (197)
Top try scorer(s)Ngani Laumape, Hurricanes (15)
Official websiteOfficial site
2016 (Previous) (Next) 2018

After 17 rounds of matches between 23 February and 15 July – with Rounds 15 and 16 split due to the 2017 mid-year rugby union internationals and British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand – four conference winners and four wildcard teams progressed to the finals series, which will consist of quarterfinals, semifinals and a final on 5 August.

Competition formatEdit

The 18 participating teams were divided into two geographical 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 Argentine team and one Japanese team split into two four-team conferences – an Africa 1 Conference and an Africa 2 Conference.[1]

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. Due to the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in June and July, Rounds 15 and 16 were split; Round 15 of the Australian and New Zealand Conferences were played on the weekend of 3 June, with Round 16 of the New Zealand Conference scheduled for the following week. The South African Conference Round 15 matches were played on the weekend of 1 July, with the Round 16 matches for the Australian and South African conferences scheduled for a week later.

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 2017, the teams in Africa 1 played the teams in the New Zealand Conference, while the teams in Africa 2 played the teams in the Australian Conference.

The top team in each of the four conferences qualified for the quarterfinals. The next three highest-ranked teams in the Australasian Group and the next highest-ranked team in the South African group also qualified to the quarterfinals as wildcards. The conference winners were seeded #1 to #4 for the quarterfinals, 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 quarterfinals, 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 quarterfinal winners progressed to the semifinals. Instead of the following the Shaughnessy playoff format used from 1996 to 2016, the semi-finals were drawn according to a predetermined bracket.[2] Under the new format, the winner of Quarter-final 1 (which featured the highest-seeded conference winner and the lowest-seeded wildcard) will play the winner of Quarter-final 4 (which featured the fourth-seeded conference winner and the highest-seeded wildcard) and likewise with the winners of Quarter-finals 2 and 3. The two semi-final hosts were the highest-seeded winners of their respective quarter-finals.

The winners of the semifinals advanced to the final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.

Changes for 2018Edit

On 9 April 2017, SANZAAR announced that the competition would return to a 15-team format for 2018, with two teams from South Africa and one team from Australia being dropped. To ensure five-team conferences, Japanese side the Sunwolves would move from the South African Conference to the Australian Conference.[3]

On 7 July 2017, the South African Rugby Union confirmed that the Cheetahs and Southern Kings were the South African teams that would not participate in the competition going forward,[4] and both those teams joined the Pro14 competition from the 2017–18 season onwards.[5]

StandingsEdit

The final standings for the 2017 Super Rugby season were:[6]

2017 Super Rugby standings watch · edit · discuss
Australasian Group
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Crusaders 15 14 0 1 544 303 +241 77 37 7 0 63
2   Brumbies 15 6 0 9 315 279 +36 41 32 3 7 34
3   Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 596 272 +324 89 31 9 1 58
4   Chiefs 15 12 1 2 433 292 +141 55 30 6 1 57
5   Highlanders 15 11 0 4 488 308 +180 62 40 5 2 51
6   Blues 15 7 1 7 425 391 +34 55 50 4 3 37
7   Western Force 15 6 0 9 313 404 −91 36 55 1 1 26
8   Reds 15 4 0 11 321 479 −158 46 61 1 4 21
9   Waratahs 15 4 0 11 396 522 −126 52 68 1 2 19
10   Rebels 15 1 1 13 236 569 −333 23 79 0 3 9
South African Group
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Lions 15 14 0 1 590 268 +322 81 27 9 0 65
2   Stormers 15 10 0 5 490 436 +54 64 61 3 0 43
3   Sharks 15 9 1 5 392 323 +69 38 37 1 3 42
4   Jaguares 15 7 0 8 404 386 +18 49 45 1 4 33
5   Southern Kings 15 6 0 9 391 470 −79 49 60 1 3 28
6   Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 395 551 −156 46 75 1 4 21
7   Bulls 15 4 0 11 339 459 −120 39 59 0 4 20
8   Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 315 671 −356 41 96 1 3 12

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
Crusaders 4
(5th)
8
(4th)
12
(3rd)
16
(3rd)
21
(1st)
26
(1st)
26
(1st)
31
(1st)
36
(1st)
41
(1st)
46
(1st)
50
(1st)
54
(1st)
59
(1st)
63
(1st)
63
(1st)
63
(1st)
Won Won Won
Brumbies 1
(7th)
2
(8th)
6
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
11
(2nd)
11
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
19
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
28
(2nd)
33
(2nd)
34
(2nd)
34
(2nd)
Lost N/A N/A
Hurricanes 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
10
(4th)
15
(4th)
15
(4th)
20
(4th)
24
(3rd)
28
(4th)
33
(3rd)
33
(4th)
38
(4th)
38
(4th)
43
(3rd)
48
(3rd)
53
(3rd)
54
(3rd)
58
(3rd)
Won Lost N/A
Chiefs 5
(4th)
10
(3rd)
14
(1st)
19
(1st)
19
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
24
(4th)
29
(3rd)
33
(4th)
37
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
43
(4th)
45
(5th)
49
(4th)
53
(4th)
57
(4th)
Won Lost N/A
Highlanders 0
(9th)
1
(9th)
5
(8th)
5
(8th)
9
(6th)
14
(6th)
18
(5th)
18
(5th)
23
(5th)
28
(5th)
32
(5th)
36
(5th)
41
(5th)
45
(4th)
46
(5th)
46
(5th)
51
(5th)
Lost N/A N/A
Blues 5
(3rd)
5
(5th)
6
(5th)
6
(5th)
11
(5th)
15
(5th)
16
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
22
(6th)
26
(6th)
31
(6th)
31
(6th)
33
(6th)
37
(6th)
37
(6th)
37
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Force 1
(8th)
5
(2nd)
5
(7th)
5
(7th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
9
(7th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(9th)
9
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
21
(7th)
26
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds 4
(6th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
6
(6th)
6
(8th)
6
(8th)
6
(9th)
10
(7th)
10
(7th)
11
(8th)
11
(8th)
16
(7th)
16
(8th)
16
(9th)
17
(9th)
21
(8th)
21
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Waratahs 4
(2nd)
4
(7th)
4
(9th)
4
(9th)
8
(7th)
8
(7th)
8
(8th)
8
(9th)
9
(9th)
13
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(8th)
19
(7th)
19
(7th)
19
(7th)
19
(9th)
19
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Rebels 0
(10th)
0
(10th)
0
(10th)
0
(10th)
1
(10th)
1
(10th)
1
(10th)
5
(10th)
7
(10th)
7
(10th)
7
(10th)
8
(10th)
8
(10th)
8
(10th)
8
(10th)
8
(10th)
9
(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 4
(3rd)
9
(1st)
9
(4th)
14
(3rd)
19
(1st)
23
(1st)
23
(2nd)
28
(1st)
32
(1st)
37
(1st)
42
(1st)
46
(1st)
51
(1st)
56
(1st)
61
(1st)
61
(1st)
65
(1st)
Won Won Lost
Stormers 4
(1st)
8
(2nd)
13
(1st)
13
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
22
(2nd)
26
(1st)
26
(2nd)
26
(2nd)
26
(2nd)
26
(2nd)
26
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
34
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
43
(2nd)
Lost N/A N/A
Sharks 1
(4th)
5
(5th)
9
(2nd)
13
(4th)
17
(4th)
18
(4th)
22
(3rd)
22
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
33
(3rd)
38
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
42
(3rd)
Lost N/A N/A
Jaguares 4
(2nd)
5
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
14
(1st)
18
(3rd)
18
(3rd)
19
(4th)
19
(4th)
20
(4th)
20
(4th)
24
(4th)
24
(4th)
24
(4th)
24
(4th)
25
(4th)
29
(4th)
33
(4th)
N/A N/A N/A
Kings 0
(7th)
4
(6th)
4
(6th)
5
(7th)
5
(7th)
5
(7th)
6
(7th)
6
(7th)
10
(6th)
15
(5th)
15
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
23
(5th)
27
(5th)
28
(5th)
N/A N/A N/A
Cheetahs 1
(5th)
5
(4th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
9
(6th)
10
(7th)
10
(7th)
11
(7th)
11
(7th)
11
(7th)
16
(6th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
21
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Bulls 0
(6th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
10
(5th)
14
(5th)
14
(6th)
14
(6th)
15
(6th)
15
(6th)
15
(7th)
19
(6th)
20
(6th)
20
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sunwolves 0
(8th)
0
(8th)
1
(8th)
1
(8th)
1
(8th)
1
(8th)
5
(8th)
5
(8th)
5
(8th)
6
(8th)
7
(8th)
7
(8th)
7
(8th)
7
(8th)
7
(8th)
7
(8th)
12
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

MatchesEdit

The fixtures for the 2017 Super Rugby competition were released on 20 September 2016.[8] The following matches were played during the regular season:

Home \ Away BLU BRU BUL CHE CHI CRU FOR HIG HUR JAG LIO REB RED SHA KIN STO SUN WAR
Blues 38–14 50–32 16–16 24–15 12–16 24–28 34–29
Brumbies 12–18 25–17 13–18 6–13 32–3 43–10 22–27
Bulls 20–14 24–62 10–17 20–34 26–13 30–31 33–41 34–21
Cheetahs 34–28 27–41 21–48 41–45 25–28 30–38 34–40 38–31
Chiefs 41–26 28–10 28–12 24–31 26–18 46–17 27–20 46–31
Crusaders 33–24 17–13 45–17 25–22 20–12 57–24 50–3
Western Force 7–16 6–55 12–34 15–24 31–22 26–19 46–41 40–11
Highlanders 26–20 15–24 27–30 51–12 40–17 57–14 40–15 44–28
Hurricanes 56–21 61–7 14–17 31–22 41–15 71–6 41–22 38–28
Jaguares 15–39 41–14 6–16 36–24 22–8 25–33 30–31 46–39
Lions 51–14 24–21 44–14 34–29 54–10 94–7 55–36
Rebels 18–56 19–17 14–27 19–41 29–32 10–47 24–29 25–32
Reds 16–15 20–22 26–40 15–34 28–26 47–34 26–29
Sharks 17–30 37–12 18–13 10–27 9–9 19–17 22–10 37–14
Southern Kings 10–19 20–21 26–39 19–42 44–3 35–32 10–41
Stormers 30–22 37–24 53–10 34–26 32–25 16–29 52–15
Sunwolves 48–21 21–20 7–47 17–83 17–38 23–37 31–44
Waratahs 33–40 12–28 22–41 19–13 27–40 50–23 24–26
Source: http://www.sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/2017-super-rugby#fixtures
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

FinalsEdit

The four conference winners advanced to the Quarter Finals, where they had home advantage against four wildcard teams, which consisted of the third to fifth-ranked teams in the Australasian Group and the third-ranked team in the South African Group.

The final seedings of these teams were:[9]

Conference leaders
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Lions 15 14 0 1 590 268 +322 81 27 9 0 65
2   Crusaders 15 14 0 1 544 303 +241 77 37 7 0 63
3   Stormers 15 10 0 5 490 436 +54 64 61 3 0 43
4   Brumbies 15 6 0 9 315 279 +36 41 32 3 7 34
Wildcard teams
5   Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 596 272 +324 89 31 9 1 58
6   Chiefs 15 12 1 2 433 292 +141 55 30 6 1 57
7   Highlanders 15 11 0 4 488 308 +180 62 40 5 2 51
8   Sharks 15 9 1 5 392 323 +69 38 37 1 3 42

The play-off fixtures were as follows:

 
QuarterfinalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 July – Johannesburg
 
 
Lions 23
 
29 July – Johannesburg
 
Sharks 21
 
Lions 44
 
21 July – Canberra
 
Hurricanes 29
 
Brumbies 16
 
5 August – Johannesburg
 
Hurricanes 35
 
Lions 17
 
22 July – Christchurch
 
Crusaders 25
 
Crusaders 17
 
29 July – Christchurch
 
Highlanders 0
 
Crusaders 27
 
22 July – Cape Town
 
Chiefs 13
 
Stormers 11
 
 
Chiefs 17
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

FinalEdit

PlayersEdit

SquadsEdit

The following squads were named for the 2017 Super Rugby season:

RefereesEdit

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2017 Super Rugby season:[30]

AttendancesEdit

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
  Blues Eden Park 50,000
  Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800
  Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500 132,667 16,583 50%
  Crusaders Rugby League Park 18,000
  Highlanders Forsyth Barr Stadium 30,728
  Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500 105,806 15,115 28%
  Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 79,093 9,886 39%
  Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000 101,499 14,499 32%
  Melbourne Rebels AAMI Park 29,500
  Force nib Stadium 20,500
  Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000
  Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,792
  Lions Ellis Park 62,567
  Southern Kings Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,000 68,965 9,852 20%
  Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000
  Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900
  Jaguares Estadio Jose Amalfitani 49,640 71,916 8,989 18%
  Sunwolves Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 27,188

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