Reason to support SA, NZ this weekend

Written by Janes Van den Berg (Viking)

Posted in :Bulls, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 19 Apr 2012 at 10:00
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With the current standing on the S15 log, ignoring the stupid conference system that is, this weekend could provide a lot of upsets in the log standings and also reinforce the argument to drop the conference system. It’s a weekend where South Africa and New Zealand can start to dominate the top of the log and the bottom half of the log might as well be called the Australian conference.

Some of the key matches that will help this along include the games: Reds vs Stormers, Sharks vs Chiefs, Bulls vs Brumbies. Assuming that all the above SA sides can win their respective matches without any bonus points and the Crusaders can beat the Huricanes, the best positioned Australian team will be 8th on the overall log. This is all based on a win for the Stormers, Bulls, Sharks, Highlanders and Crusaders (not including any bonus points).

A results like this will reemphasize the need to go back to the way the log was calculated when it was still the Super 14 and dropping the whole winning your conference for a playoff rule. Secondly it will reinforce the dominance of rugby for the South African and New Zealand teams and make them realize that there is no need to play second fiddle to the Australian rule makers of SANZAR.

Arguably to achieve this there are two difficult match-ups this coming weekend in the form of the Huricanes vs Crusaders and the Sharks vs Chiefs. Both of which have the ability to win their respective games but can still be seen as very difficult games to win. The Sharks need to hit their straps at home and start playing like we all know they can to beat the inform and surprising Chiefs. The Huricanes has also surprised everyone in doing much better than expected in the pre season and the Australians will be hoping that they can beat the Crusaders to make things slightly better for the log. Both the Bulls and the Stormers will be looking at the upcoming games as a must win against Australian sides that are not playing up to the southern hemisphere standards.

So let’s get out there this weekend and support first of all the SA sides but give the New Zealand teams that we are not playing also some support.

Potential log after this weekend assuming the above scenario:

Position Team Conference Points
1 STO SA 33
2 BUL SA 33
3 CHF NZ 31
4 HGH NZ 30
5 CRU NZ 27
6 SHA SA 26
7 HUR NZ 25
8 WAR AUS 25
9 BRM AUS 24
10 QLR AUS 21
11 CHE SA 21
12 FOR AUS 17
13 REB AUS 14
14 LIO SA 14
15 BLU NZ 11


  • That’s embarrassed. How could they put a team in third place and give them a home play-off game when they can’t even make it into the top six on points.

    I hope SA and New Zealand teams keep winning up to the point where even the stupid can’t ignore the stupidity of the whole thing any more! I hope even the Lions, The Blues and the Cheetahs start to win all their games against Australian teams.

    Not only is it stupid to determine the log like that, it’s also stupid to let some teams play 8 games against the whole bottom of the log and other teams 8 against the top of the log and still have them fight for the same spot.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.12 10:36:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • Haven’t checked the log. Do the Cheetahs have a bye this week? If so. Did you add their 4 points for the bye in your potential log?

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.12 10:43:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Cheetahs, Lions and Force have a bye.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.12 10:59:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) :

    Yes it has been included..

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.12 11:01:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Only Aussie team that has it in them to mount a sustained challenge is the Reds, and then only IF they don’t have any more serious injuries, get Digby back from suspension and Quade from injury…

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.12 12:00:56 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 5) : Anyhting is possible. The reds are only 10 points away from the log leaders (chiefs) and 4 points away from topping the Aus Conference. The question is can they mount a comeback and sustain it for the rest of the season. Personally I would rather put my money on the Brumbies or the Tahs at this stage.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.12 12:15:41 by Viking Reply

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