4 things we've learnt from the first 12 rounds of Super Rugby
May 18, 2017
Round 12 has come and gone and the competition is heating up as we get closer to the play-offs, but what’s been going down in the most ‘exciting competition in the world?
We’ve put together a list of the 4 things that we’ve learnt from the first 12 rounds of Super Rugby.
The Crusaders are back.
Unbeaten with 11 wins on the trot, it would take a brave man to bet against the Crusaders this season. Having picked up big wins over the Highlanders and the Hurricanes, the Crusaders have established themselves as top dogs in this year’s competition and with a few key players returning and a home playoff spot inevitable, the Crusaders are going to take some beating.
Beauden Barrett is human.
Have we seen a weakness in his game? What we have seen is that if you successfully shut down Beauden Barrett, the Hurricanes struggle to get going. Bad weather conditions mixed with massive pressure in defence saw both the Chiefs and the Crusaders nullify the All Black, so… Mr. Gatland, we think it’s a good Idea you start to work on your rain dance.
New Zealand teams are in a league of their own.
Other than the Chiefs loss to the Stormers in Round 7, no other team outside of New Zealand has beaten a kiwi side. As it stands, four New Zealand sides are sitting in play-off spots with only the Blues missing out due to the Stormers and Brumbies being automatic qualifiers. One thing is for sure, the British & Irish Lions will have no easy games when it comes to the midweek games this summer.
The Lions will be the only serious contenders outside of New Zealand.
Currently sitting in second with 46 points, the Lions will go through each round of fixtures without having to play a New Zealand side. They may struggle when it comes to facing decent opposition in the play-offs, but if they can stay on top of the conference and secure a home draw at Ellis Park, then it becomes an even playing ground.