A Forward Farce

The regular season for Super Rugby finished yesterday and the play-off details were confirmed were confirmed –

2017 Super Rugby Quarter-final Draw


QF1: Lions [1] versus Sharks [8]

QF2: Crusaders [2] versus Highlanders [7]

QF3: Stormers [3] versus Chiefs [6]

QF4: Brumbies [4] versus Hurricanes [5]

Semi-final Draw:
Pre-determined draw as follows (highest ranked team to host):

SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF4
SF2: Winner QF2 v Winner QF3

Final Draw:
(highest ranked team to host):

Final: Winner SF1 v Winner SF 2


The format is so flawed that the following is true –

  1. The Brumbies with just 6 wins out of 15 get a home quarter
  2. All 5 NZ franchises won more games and ended up with more points than the Brumbies – yet only one gets a home fixture and the Blues miss out altogether
  3. The three NZ teams who have to travel also each have more points than the Stormers – who also have a home tie
  4. The Chiefs have to go to Cape Town to play the Stormers despite having won 2 more games and having 14 more points
  5. As long as the Lions win they are guaranteed home fixtures for the semi and final – this virtue of finishing at number one in the standings. However they have not faced one NZ franchise in their 15 games to date – and won’t in the quarter final.
  6. The Lions fixtures are dominated by teams who have finished bottom of their conferences – including a 94-7 win over the Sunwolves.
  7. The NZ franchises all had to play each other

It is little wonder that the NZ press have torn into the stupidity of the format for Super Rugby –


There has been no announcement from Sanzaar as to what the structure of Super 15 will be next season after the culling of three teams.

Whatever happens it can’t possibly be such a shambles as this year – can it?


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