2022 Super Rugby Aupiki season

The 2022 Super Rugby Aupiki season is the inaugural season of Super Rugby Aupiki. The competition commenced on 10 March between Chiefs Manawa and Matatū.[1][2] On 20 March, Chiefs Manawa were crowned as the inaugural champions of Super Rugby Aupiki after defeating the Blues Women 35–0 in the final round of the competition.[3][4][5][6]

2022 Super Rugby Aupiki season
CountriesNew Zealand
Number of teams4
ChampionsChiefs Manawa
Matches played6
Tries scored22
(average 3.7 per match)
Top point scorerKelly Brazier (16 pts)
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TeamsEdit

Team Coach City
Blues Women Willie Walker Auckland, Auckland Region
Chiefs Manawa Allan Bunting Hamilton, Waikato
Hurricanes Poua Wesley Clarke Wellington, Wellington Region
Matatū Blair Baxter Christchurch, Canterbury

FormatEdit

All four teams will get three regular season matches; one home, one away, and one Super Round fixture. The top two teams will contest the final.[7][8][9]

The competition was later reformatted to a round robin fixture due to the impact of COVID-19. All the squads were strongly affected with player isolations and COVID-19 cases. The inaugural champion would be crowned based on their competition points.[10]

StandingsEdit

Rank Team P W D L PF PA TF TA TB LB +/- BP Pts
1 Chiefs Manawa 3 3 0 0 81 23 13 4 2 0 58 2 14
2 Hurricanes Poua 3 1 1 1 26 35 3 5 0 0 -9 0 6
3 Blues Women 3 1 1 1 21 45 3 6 0 0 -24 0 6
4 Matatū 3 0 0 3 31 56 4 8 0 1 -25 1 1

MatchesEdit

Round 1Edit

10 March 2022 Hurricanes Poua 0–0 Blues Women FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton  
15:35 (GMT +13) [nb 1]
10 March 2022 Chiefs Manawa 17–15 Matatū FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton  
19:05 (GMT +13) Try: Angel Mulu
Ruby Tui
Kennedy Simon
Con: Kelly Brazier
Report Try: Phillipa Love
Grace Steinmetz
Amy Rule
Referee: Maggie Cogger-Orr

Round 2Edit

15 March 2022 Chiefs Manawa 29–8 Hurricanes Poua FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton  
15:35 (GMT +13) Try: Renee Wickcliffe
Luka Connor
Portia Woodman
Hazel Tubic
Mia Anderson
Con: Kelly Brazier (2)
Report Try: Joanah Ngan-Woo
Pen: Carys Dallinger
15 March 2022 Blues Women 21–10 Matatū FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton  
19:05 (GMT +13) Try: Krystal Murray
Mele Hufanga
Shannon Leota
Con: Patricia Maliepo (2)
Krysten Cottrell
Report Try: Martha Mataele
Con: Liv McGoverne
Pen: Liv McGoverne

Round 3Edit

20 March 2022 Matatū 6–18 Hurricanes Poua FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton  
17:05 (GMT +13) Pen: Kendra Cocksedge (2) Report Try: Ayesha Leti-I'iga (2)
Con: Carys Dallinger
Pen: Carys Dallinger (2)
20 March 2022 Blues Women 0–35 Chiefs Manawa FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton  
19:35 (GMT +13) Report Try: Luka Connor
Ruby Tui
Hazel Tubic
Portia Woodman
Langi Veainu
Con: Kelly Brazier (2)
Pen: Kelly Brazier (2)

PlayersEdit

SquadsEdit

Blues squad[13]
Forwards Aldora ItunuKrystal MurrayAleisha-Pearl NelsonChryss VolikoTe Kura Ngata-AerengamateRebecca ToddCristo TofaEloise BlackwellTafito LafaeleMaiakawanakaulani RoosCharmaine SmithVineta TeutauTenaija FletcherLiana Mikaele-Tu'uIlisapeta MoliaAroha Savage
Backs Tyla Nathan-WongMelanie PuckettLuisa TogotogoruaPatricia MaliepoSylvia BruntRuahei DemantTheresa FitzpatrickMele HufangaSam CurtisPrincess ElliotNatahlia MoorsKalyn Takitimu-CookKrysten Cottrell
Coach Willie Walker
Chiefs Manawa squad[14]
Forwards Tanya KalounivaleAngel MuluAwhina Tangen-WainohuSanto TaumataJayjay TaylorLuka ConnorGrace Houpapa-BarrettVictoria EdmondsChyna HohepaKelsie WillsLes ElderKennedy SimonPia TapsellHarono Te Iringa
Backs Ariana BaylerMaia JosephArihiana Marino-TauhinuKelly BrazierHazel TubicChelsea SempleGeorgia DaalsPortia WoodmanStacey FluhlerCarla HohepaRuby TuiRenee Wickliffe
Coach Allan Bunting
Hurricanes Poua squad[15]
Forwards Leilani PereseIsadora Leio-LaupolaMarilyn LiveNgano TavakeEsther Tilo-FaiaogoJayme NukuJoanah Ngan-WooJackie Patea-FeretiRachael RakatauKahurangi SturmeyKathleen BrownDhys FaleafagaSarah HiriniKaipo Olsen-BakerLayla Sae
Backs Ana-Maria AfuieIritana HohaiaCarys DallingerVictoria Subritzky-NafataliSapphire AbrahamTeilah FergusonMonica TagoaiJanna VaughanLauren BalsillieLyric FaleafagaAyesha Leti-I'igaCheyelle Robins-RetiSelica Winiata
Coach Wesley Clarke
Matatū squad[16]
Forwards Pip LoveAshley PaluAmy RuleStephanie Te Ohaere-FoxGeorgia PonsonbyChelsea BremnerJulia GorinskiMichaela LeonardAlana BremnerKendra ReynoldsNatalie DelamereLucy JenkinsGreer MuirMarcelle Parkes
Backs Kendra CocksedgeDi HiiniTerauoriwa GapperRosie KellyArabella McKenzieLucy AndersonGrace BrookerAmy du PlessisLiv McGoverneRenee HolmesMartha MataeleKilisitina Moata'aneGrace Steinmetz
Coach Blair Baxter

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Hurricanes Poua & Blues Women's match was cancelled. Hurricanes Poua was forced to withdraw from the match due to COVID cases and isolation requirements.[11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sky Super Rugby Aupiki Fixtures". superrugby.co.nz. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Sky Super Rugby Aupiki - Round One update". superrugby.co.nz. 7 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  3. ^ Chapman, Grant (20 March 2022). "Super Rugby Aupiki: Chiefs Manawa dominate Blues to stay unbeaten, claim inaugural championship". Newshub. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
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  5. ^ Reive, Christopher (20 March 2022). "Super Rugby Aupiki: Chiefs storm away to claim inaugural title". NZ Herald. Archived from the original on 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  6. ^ Pearson, Joseph (20 March 2022). "Chiefs Manawa overwhelm gallant Blues in decider to win first Super Rugby Aupiki title". Stuff. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Super Rugby Aupiki draw released for inaugural 2022 season". www.rugbypass.com. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Sky Super Rugby Aupiki set to light up rugby landscape in March". superrugby.co.nz. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  9. ^ "New Super Rugby Aupiki competition to feature a Super Round". Stuff. 21 January 2022. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Sky Super Rugby Aupiki update". superrugby.co.nz. 2 March 2022. Archived from the original on 2 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  11. ^ "HURRICANES POUA SET SIGHTS ON THEIR INAUGURAL MATCH". www.superrugby.co.nz. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  12. ^ "HURRICANES POUA NAMED TO FACE CHIEFS MANAWA IN DEBUT SKY SUPER RUGBY AUPIKI MATCH". www.superrugby.co.nz. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  13. ^ "nib Blues Super Rugby Aupiki 2022 Squad". Blues Rugby. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  14. ^ "2022 Chiefs Women's Squad announced". Chiefs. 3 November 2021. Archived from the original on 3 November 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki squads announced". superrugby.co.nz. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki squads announced". superrugby.co.nz. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)