The line-up for the 2017 Super Rugby Team of the Season appears a strong one. Each player is in the squad on merit, with all of them registering some impressive stats, be it for their specific position or across the competition as a whole, and on paper it makes a formidable team.
The Crusaders claimed their eighth Super Rugby title and first since 2008 with a 25-17 victory over 14-man Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
The Lions and Crusaders might be heading into the 2017 Super Rugby Final as two of the most prolific attacking teams in the competition, but the history of the fixture suggests that may count for little as the two teams prepare for one of the biggest games of their careers.
Elton Jantjies has enjoyed perhaps one of his best ever Super Rugby seasons, buoyant on the highs he enjoyed in a breakout Lions’ season last campaign. He’ll face off against a markedly less experienced opponent this week, though the Crusaders’ Richie Mo’unga will be just a threatening as the Lions stalwart.
The Semi-final Super Rugby team of the week includes seven players, four Lions and three Crusaders, who will feature in the Final. Player of the Week is once again Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie who beat more players than any other player in the semi-finals, ran for over 100 metres and was 100 percent in his goal-kicking.
SANZAAR has announced the match official appointments for the Super Rugby final on Saturday 5 August at Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg, between the Lions and Crusaders #LIOvCRU.
The Lions recovered from being 3-22 down to beat the Hurricanes 44-29 and secure a home Super Rugby final against the Crusaders next week.
The Crusaders secured a 12th Super Rugby final appearance after they overcame the Chiefs 27-13 in a clinical performance in Christchurch.
The Crusaders and Chiefs will look to build on performances from their respective quarter final matches as they clash in an all New Zealand Super Rugby semi-final final derby.
It’s no major surprise that the four teams remaining in the hunt for the Super Rugby trophy in 2017 are the four teams which accrued the most competition points across the regular season.
The Quarter-final Super Rugby team of the week is very strong on paper and contains players hitting peak form at the right end of the season. Player of the Week is Lions backrow forward Jaco Kriel who scored a try, carried 11 times, beat 8 defenders and made 13 tackles.
SANZAAR has announced the referee appointments for the semi-finals of the 2017 Super Rugby season. Both semi-finals will be played on Saturday July 29 in Christchurch and Johannesburg respectively.
Following the completion of the quarter-finals the draw and schedule for the semi-finals have been confirmed by SANZAAR.
A 78th minute long-range penalty from Ruan Combrinck sees the Lions recover to defeat the Sharks 23-21 in their quarter-final.
The Chiefs secured the final semi-final berth when they picked up a 17-11 victory over the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town.
The Crusaders advanced to the Super Rugby semi-finals with a 17-0 victory over the Highlanders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
The Crusaders host the Highlanders in a quarter-final derby and will look to maintain their dominance over their southern rivals and book a spot in the semi-finals.
The Hurricanes became the first team to reach the Super Rugby semi-finals when they claimed a 35-16 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.
The 2017 Super Rugby finals series begins Friday night in Canberra as the winners of the Australian conference, the Brumbies host the defending champion Hurricanes.
Seventeen regular season rounds are done and dusted for Super Rugby 2017 and eight of the 18 hopefuls have qualified for what is sure to be an exciting Finals Series. Among them lies a distinct disparity in how they’ve performed for the season to date.
The Round 17 Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from nine of the 18 teams that played in the final round. Player of the Week is once again the mercurial Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie who scored a try, carried 18 times, beat 10 defenders and ran for 200 metres.
SANZAAR has announced the referee appointments for the quarter-finals of the 2017 Super Rugby season.The Quarter-finals kick-off on Friday July 21 when Brumbies host Hurricanes in Canberra.
After 17 Rounds and 135 matches the quarter-finalists for the 2017 Super Rugby have been confirmed by SANZAAR.
The Force gave Matt Hodgson a victorious send-off as they thumped the Waratahs, winning 40-11 to finish second in the Australian Conference.
The Lions finished top of the Super Rugby standings with a 27-10 victory over the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban.
The Stormers continued their momentum before the play-offs with a 41-33 victory in a topsy-turvy encounter at Loftus Versfeld.
The Chiefs completed their Super Rugby regular season fixtures with an impressive 28-10 victory over the Brumbies in Hamilton.
The Hurricanes handed the Crusaders their first defeat of the season when they claimed a 31-22 win over the table-toppers in Wellington.
The Sunwolves finished their Super Rugby campaign on a high after claiming a shock 48-21 victory over the Blues in Tokyo on Saturday.
The Cheetahs bowed out of Super Rugby with their heads held high after a 21-20 victory over the Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The Jaguares ended their Super Rugby season on a positive note on Friday as they beat the Rebels 32-29 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
The Highlanders made a statement of intent ahead of the quarter-finals when they claimed a convincing 40-17 win over the Reds in Dunedin on Friday.
The Crusaders are back in action this weekend for the first time since after the international siesta, and will look to become just the third team since the competition began in 1996 to finish the regular season without losing a single game.
The Stormers thrilled the Newlands faithful as they turned on the style with a 52-15 victory over the Sunwolves in Cape Town.
The Round 16 (South Africa and Australia only) Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from seven of the 10 teams in the five-match round. Player of the Week is Stormers fullback Dillyn Leyds who scored two tries, carried 20 times, beat 3 defenders and ran for 240 metres.
SANZAAR has announced the referee appointments for Round 17, the last round of the 2017 Super Rugby regular season.The Quarter-finals kick-off on July 21.
Lionel Cronje's last-gasp penalty secured a 31-30 victory for the Kings over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday evening.
The Jaguares returned to the victory trail when they claimed a deserved 40-27 triumph over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
Round 16 continues on Saturday with the Waratahs hosting the Jaguares in Sydney before action shifts to South Africa with the Bulls hosting the Kings and Stormers hosting the touring Sunwolves.
The Force pulled away in the second half to record a 31-22 victory over the Rebels at nib Stadium in Perth.
Reds fly-half Quade Cooper kicked an 80th minute penalty to break Brumbies hearts and steal a 16-15 win in a foggy Brisbane.
Round 16 of Super Rugby sees only Australian and South African teams in action as New Zealand focus their attention on the deciding match between the All Blacks and touring British and Irish Lions. The round kicks off Friday night with two back-to-back Australia derbies.
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The Round 15 (South Africa) Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from all six South African teams after the four-match round. Player of the Week is Bulls fullback Warwick who scored three tries, carried 13 times, beat 5 defenders and ran for 128 metres.
SANZAAR has announced the referee appointments for Round 16 (Australian and South Africa Conferences) of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The 2017 Super Rugby season enters the penultimate round this weekend with the Australian teams returning to action to join the South African teams in Round 16 following the conclusion of the June Test window.
The Stormers made a winning return to Super Rugby action when they edged out the Cheetahs 40-34 in a Bloemfontein thriller.
The Lions produced a masterclass of attacking rugby as they thrashed the Sunwolves running out
94-7 winners at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
The Kings claimed their fifth victory of the Super Rugby campaign after edging the Jaguares 31-30 at Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.
Warrick Gelant scored a hat-trick as the Bulls claimed a deserved 30-17 win over the Sharks in an entertaining South African derby in Durban on Friday.