Richard Ferguson

An idiot’s guide to Fantasy rugby

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 10 Feb 2012 at 13:46
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Since launching the Fantasy League and Last Man Standing competitions over the last few days, there has been a lot of talk on what the right approach is and where, if any, the tactical advantages lie. What follows is an idiot’s guide to competitions.

Last Man Standing:

The aim of the game is quite simple. There are 15 teams in the Super Rugby competition, and you have to select each of those teams over an 18 week period to win a game. With the overlap in weeks available, there has been a bye system implemented, which you can use at any point during the competition. Select a team that draws or loses and you are dead. Last person alive, wins. Quite simple actually.

Some users take this very seriously, predicting their selection for the entire campaign, and sticking to that theory come hell or high water. This could work, if you have a crystal ball, but you are most likely going to have to amend such selections as certain teams impress or in the Lions’ case, fail to.

Another tactical view point is to select the best teams first, and hope like hell the others die before you have to select any of the Force, Rebels or dare I say it, the Lions.

As you can see, this is clearly not as clear cut as you might imagine.

Fantasy League:

Fantasy League is another kettle of fish all together, this is more a war than it is a competition. Dubbed by many (me) as a battle of attrition, this game takes skill, patience and a small amount, about 80%, of luck. Select a squad of 30 players, from any of the 15 teams, with no cap on how many players may come from a team. These players then earn points for their on field antics, and might even lose you points in the form of yellow cards. Team with the most points at the end of the season, wins.

My only advise in this game is to select your entire team from one Super Rugby franchise, like the Lions for instance. You are sure to score a mammoth amount of points in the event that they win.

Another option is to select players from various teams, and select your ‘starting fifteen’ every week based on which teams are playing the Rebels, Force and Lions, and taking players who are on byes out of the starting fifteen. I do not recommend this tactic. It is for sissies.

I wish all players taking part in these competitions all the very best, may you crash and burn in the Last man standing competition (select the Bulls to beat the Sharks in the first round, I dare you!) and to those playing Fantasy League, remember that trades are unlimited up until round 1.

For those interested in joining these awesome competitions, head on over to Justrugby and get your team in.


  • For those who haven’t joined the Sharksworld SuperBru pool, please go add your name and join in the fun.

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    We are aiming for 200 users this competition, and we are currently on 123 users..

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.12 13:55:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Now now Rich, don’t be such a wuss! Those tactics are surefire fails! Be a sport and give some good advice.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.12 14:18:32 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 2) : what that’s excellent advice, as long as Rich also use them 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.12 14:49:42 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 3) : Let Rich use his advice in SR, if he is still in the running after round 5, we all use it in CC

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.12 14:57:08 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Who wants to bet that Richard does not pick the sharks to beat the bulls in round 1, but in fact picks Lions to beat cheatahs?

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.12 16:15:41 by Greg Reply

  • :mrgreen:
    What a laugh.

    I`ll distribute this one far and wide!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.12 16:20:29 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Great advice 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.12 22:32:59 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 5) :

    What’s the bet?

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.12 23:46:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I am getting close to finalising my squad! 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.12 01:39:01 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @HH (Comment 9) I am waiting! 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.12 09:58:31 by Vospro XV Reply


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