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Forty Facts just for Fun


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super Rugby on 8 Feb 2011 at 17:20
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The new, expanded, Super Rugby season kicks off in just over a week – promising more talent, more tactics and more action.

Below is a fact-pack on 40 milestones and statistical notes coming up in 2011!

* Scrum half Fourie du Preez needs to play one more game for the Bulls to reach 100 Super Rugby caps for the franchise.
* The Sharks have played in 184 Super Rugby games since 1996, winning 89…and losing precisely 89 as well (with six draws).
* When the Crusaders have a bad season they usually have a really bad season! They have finished in the play offs in all but three of the first 15 seasons of Super Rugby On those occasions they finished bottom (1996), third from bottom (2001) and sixth (1997).
* Only the Cheetahs and Western Force (apart from newcomers the Melbourne Rebels) have failed to contest a Super Rugby semifinal.
* Only four teams have won Super Rugby titles – the Crusaders (seven), the Blues (three), the Bulls (three) and the Brumbies (two).
* The Sharks and the Brumbies share the unwanted record of having lost in finals more than any other teams – it has happened to them both on three occasions.
* Only the Lions have suffered a century of defeats in Super Rugby (127) but they are likely to be joined in 2011 by the Highlanders (97) and Reds (96) while the Bulls (93) and Chiefs (91) are not far away.
* The Sharks could become the first South African team to record a century of wins in Super Rugby – they need 11 victories this season to join the Crusaders, Blues and Brumbies in the three-figure club.
* The Bulls need 240 points this season (they scored twice as many in fewer games last year) to become the first South African team to score 5000 points in Super Rugby.
* The Stormers historically have the meanest defence of South African teams in Super Rugby – they have conceded 2.75 tries per game compared to the Sharks (2.77), Bulls (3.29), Cheetahs (3.46) and Lions (3.75).
* The Sharks (2.82) shade the Bulls (2.80) as the most prolific South African try scorers followed by the Stormers (2.49), Cheetahs (2.40) and the Lions (2.33).
* Even though there were only 11 regular season matches the Brumbies (1997) and Blues (2003) hold the record for the most bonus points for scoring four or more tries in a match with nine.
* Unlucky losers were the Cheetahs (2008), Stormers (2009) and Highlanders (2009) who share the record by claiming six bonus points in a season for losing by seven or fewer points.
* On only six occasions in the 190 Super Rugby campaigns undertaken by franchises has a team failed to score four tries in any of their matches in a season: they were Western Province (1996), Auckland Blues (1999), The Sharks (2000), Highlanders (2006), Reds (2007) and Lions (2008).
* Super Rugby’s biggest losers are the Reds – their 89-point defeat by the Bulls (92-3) in their match at Loftus is the biggest victory in Super Rugby history.
* The record or the most points scored in the competition is the 96 scored by the Crusaders in their 96-19 in over the Waratahs at Christchurch in 2002.
* Gavin Lawless’s unbelievable performance for The Sharks remains the single greatest scoring feat in Super Rugby history Lawless finished their match against the Highlanders in Durban in 1997 with a personal haul of 50 points from four tries, nine conversions and four penalties.
* Morné Steyn’s 263 points in 2010 are the record for the most in a Super Rugby season by a player.
* Only one team has had a perfect season: in 2002 the Crusaders won all 11 of their log matches before beating the Highlanders and the Brumbies in the play-offs to crown a perfect campaign.
* The Sharks collected only 30 log points in the 1997 from five wins and a draw and six bonus points to make the play offs with the lowest points for a semifinalist in the competition’s history.
* The most points collected by the team to finish fourth was the 42 earned by the Blues in 2007 They actually tied on log points with the second and third placed Bulls and Crusaders with the final placings decided on points differential.
* Morné Steyn holds the record for the most drop-goals in a Super Rugby match (four), season (11) and shares it for a career (17) with Andrew Mehrtens.
* The 61 tries scored by the Crusaders in an 11-match campaign of Super Rugby in 2002 remains the most tries scored by a team in the regular season.
* Only three players have scored more than 200 points in a Super Rugby season – Andrew Mehrtens, Dan Carter (twice) and Morné Steyn.
* Only four South Africans are among the 18 players to have scored more than 500 points in a Super Rugby career – they are Louis Koen, André Pretorius, Morné Steyn and Peter Grant.
* Of the 13 players to have scored more than 40 tries in a Super Rugby career only one is a South African – Bryan Habana has scored 44 in 76 matches for the Bulls and Stormers.
* John Smit (111) or Victor Matfield (109) could become the leading South African in Super Rugby history They are in sight of AJ Venter’s national record of 125 Super Rugby appearances.
* Nathan Sharpe could become the most capped player in Super Rugby history – he needs five games to overhaul George Gregan’s competition record of 136.
* If Morné Steyn repeats his season of 2010, he will become the first South African to score 1000 points in Super Rugby history He starts the season needing 243 points to become only the third player from anywhere, behind Dan Carter (1078) and Stirling Mortlock (1019), to achieve the feat.
* The most successful team in the history of the Super 12 was the Crusaders who won 65.3 percent of their matches (81 wins in 124 matches) in winning five titles in ten years.
* The most successful team in Super 14 history was the Bulls who won 66.7 percent of their matches (48 wins from 72 games) in three titles in five years However the Crusaders’ 50 wins from the same number of matches meant they had the marginally better winning percentage of 69.4 percent.
* The Sharks and Cats played 35 percent of their regular season Super 14 matches overseas Under the new format that proportion will always be just 25 percent for all teams.
* There will be 40 Super Rugby matches in South Africa each season and at least one finals match instead of the 32 or 33 we enjoyed in Super 14.
* The winner of each conference in Super Rugby will receive a conference trophy.
* Two New Zealand franchises each have two sets of brothers in their squads: the Blues have Benson and Winston Stanley and Daniel and Luke Braid while the Crusaders boast the Whitelocks – Adam, George and Sam – and the Franks – Ben and Owen.
* Chiefs coach Ian Foster will coach the Chiefs for his eighth consecutive season The longest unbroken run is the nine seasons Robbie Deans had at the Crusaders’ helm from 2000 to 2008.
* Ma’a Nonu is poised to become the third Hurricanes player to accumulate 100 caps for the Wellington franchise He appeared in every Hurricanes game during the 2009 season and 2010, and he is on target to make his 100th appearance in the round two clash against the Crusaders.
* Each team will play 16 log matches – three more fixtures than in the Super 14.
* Only once in 15 seasons has the winner of the Super Rugby title not finished in the top two in the regular season This was in 1997 when the Crusaders beat the Reds in Brisbane and then the Highlanders in Dunedin to win the title.
* If you have to play a semifinal away from home – do it in Australia Only five teams have won away semifinals in 30 attempts – four of them in Australia The Sharks in Brisbane back in 1996; the Crusaders in Brisbane in 1997 and 1999 and the Brumbies in Sydney in 2002 The exception was the Highlanders in Cape Town in 1999.

Courtesy of Rugby365


42 Comments

  • Only the Lions have suffered a century of defeats in Super Rugby (127) but they are likely to be joined in 2011 by the Highlanders (97) and Reds (96) while the Bulls (93) and Chiefs (91) are not far away.

    Would love to know our number.

    The Cheetahs are escaping here with the Cats losses being attributed to the Lions I think.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.02.11 17:24:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    YIP!!!

    If you take the years they (Lions & Cheetahs) played as individuals (’97 & ’06 to’10)

    In that period Lions lost 55 (meaning as the Cats they lost 72)
    In that period Cheetahs lost 52 add the 72 for the Cats and we have another centurion.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.02.11 17:30:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The winner of each conference in Super Rugby will receive a conference trophy.

    Oooh – cool. Should we just call ours “the Currie Cup” and be done with it?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.02.11 17:31:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    The Sharks have played in 184 Super Rugby games since 1996, winning 89…and losing precisely 89 as well

    There’s my answer.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.02.11 17:32:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • wow – what a fascinating article… thanks for finding it, KSA

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.02.11 17:32:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.02.11 17:33:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    Thanks to the anorak who did all the research at 365. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.02.11 17:34:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : jeez, we’re only one disastrous season away from the 100 ourselves!

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.02.11 17:34:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😳 😥 😥 😥
    The Sharks and the Brumbies share the unwanted record of having lost in finals more than any other teams – it has happened to them both on three occasions

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.02.11 17:36:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Sharks and Cats played 35 percent of their regular season Super 14 matches overseas

    I don’t understand. Surely all SA teams would play the same number of matches overseas?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.11 17:37:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I think we’ll get there towards the end of next season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.11 17:37:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : All I can think of is that we were unlucky everytime there was a cycle change.

    Some years we would play 4 o/seas games others 5. Maybe the schedules were changed just after tough years.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.11 17:40:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : ah yes… also true.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.11 17:42:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : no – not actually, because Super 14 introduced a lob-sided format where you would alternate between a 4-match tour and a 5-match tour from year to year.

    Since it only ran for 5 years, it left some teams on a higher number of overseas games than others.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.11 17:44:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I reckon the author must mean ‘super rugby matches’ and not ‘super 14 matches’.

    The Cats did mos not play in the Super 14?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.02.11 17:44:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • These two almost contradict each other.

    The Sharks (2.82) shade the Bulls (2.80) as the most prolific South African try scorers followed by the Stormers (2.49), Cheetahs (2.40) and the Lions (2.33).

    The Bulls need 240 points this season (they scored twice as many in fewer games last year) to become the first South African team to score 5000 points in Super Rugby.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.02.11 17:45:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 15) :
    I think you are correct. let me go and check our S14 %s

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.02.11 17:46:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nice work KSA Shark 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.02.11 17:46:25 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : There would be only 1 match difference. Not really significant imo. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.02.11 17:47:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : But if you mention the names Morné Steyn and Derick Hougaard they make sense.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.02.11 17:49:31 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : nah – Bulls scored lots of points from penalties 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.02.11 17:49:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 20) : @robdylan (Comment 21) : great minds… 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.02.11 17:50:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • The biggest joke stat is Ian Foster ➡ 8 seasons in charge. Only 1 good season. The Chiefs should have dumped him ages ago.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.02.11 17:53:20 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Definitely S14 and not SupeRugby.

    In the S14 we played 68 games (6 years x 13 + 3 play-offs) games in the tournament and 24 of those were overseas.

    24/68= 35%

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.02.11 17:56:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : the article said “regular season”… hence not including play-offs.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.02.11 17:58:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :

    And just so you know why i spelt it SupeRugby and not superrugby look at the official logo.

    http://www.superrugby.com/

    The URL has 2 Rs but not the logo. 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.02.11 18:02:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : then it’s an even higher %

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.02.11 18:04:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Rob I was a full 20 sec ahead of you. Your comment feels like the equivalent of a stat that brackets the Crusaders with the Lions/Cats. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.02.11 18:05:46 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : @beet (Comment 20) :

    Ahhhhh okay. 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.02.11 18:07:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : I’d love to see the Bulls stats before 2007. I imagine they’d look really bad. I remember Heineke Meyer being in charge for 2 non-consecutive S12 campaigns and winning 2 out of 22 (me thinks). Thats as bad as our own Reece-Edwards in 2000 and only slightly better than Dick last year.
    Former players turned coaches stats could also be interesting.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.02.11 18:11:15 by beet Reply
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  • Only one team has had a perfect season: in 2002 the Crusaders won all 11 of their log matches before beating the Highlanders and the Brumbies in the play-offs to crown a perfect campaign.

    And how many teams have gone through a WHOLE season without a WIN?

    I had to research this to make sure no player could just pick anyone who plays against the Cheetahs and expect to coast through to be the LMS. 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.02.11 18:13:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) :
    It has only ever happened twice.
    Lions 2010
    Bulls 2002

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.02.11 18:16:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : He must have been struggling for a fortieth fun fact to include that.

    13 x 5 = 65

    ‘Cats’ & Sharks must have played 23 overseas matches for 35.38%

    And the rest 22 for 33.85%

    🙂

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.02.11 18:21:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • Shoe! That was a mouth full. But this season the Sharks gonna change some off this statistics, we are going to be the first S15 winners,

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.02.11 18:42:48 by franshark Reply
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  • I like these type of facts, they make you boast or hide away in shame 😈

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.02.11 06:57:55 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Aproof my new pictjer plees :mrgreen:

    Cant believe that only 4 teams have won a Super Rugby title. 😯 And why is Transvaal not mentioned? Didnt they win the 1st ever Super trophy?

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.02.11 07:11:57 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 36) : I think it’s the stats since 1996 otherwise the Sharks(Natal) would be 0 and 4 in finals. In 1994 they lost to Queensland

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.02.11 07:48:35 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 37) : Perhaps 🙂

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.02.11 07:55:20 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Very interesting read! Can only imagine how long the research would have taken.

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.02.11 08:00:36 by Ben Reply
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  • Now for Pat Lambie to break Gavin fLawless’ record …

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.02.11 08:04:23 by blackshark - the lurker Reply

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  • @blackshark – the lurker (Comment 40) : That record makes me feel proud 😀

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.02.11 08:16:04 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • I’ve got a feeling that this will be a record breaking year! Lookibg forward to it.

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.02.11 08:38:33 by Crock Reply

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