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Round 8
Pos. Teams Total
1 Crusaders 23
2 Chiefs 16
3 Blues 15
4 Highlanders 14
5 Hurricanes 6

With no visible reason to challenge, Crusaders captain Scott Barrett threw a last ditch referral under the new rules which allow for anything to be challenge in the final five minutes.

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Chiefs 0 Hurricanes 0 Super Rugby Aotearoa
Fri 23 April, 2:05am
Crusaders 0 Blues 0 Super Rugby Aotearoa
Sat 24 April, 10:35pm
Chiefs 26 Crusaders 25 Super Rugby Aotearoa
Sat 17 April, 2:05am
Highlanders 35 Blues 29 Super Rugby Aotearoa
Fri 16 April, 2:05am

Tournament Info

Super Rugby Aotearoa might be a brand new rugby competition, but it’s one of the very best. After a hugely successful inaugural season in 2020, the competition is set to continue for 2021, and it looks like it will be bigger and better than ever.

Super Rugby Aotearoa began when the coronavirus pandemic caused the 2020 Super Rugby series to be cancelled. Due to the fact teams from New Zealand, South Africa and Australia were unable to travel internationally, each nation created their own domestic Super Rugby tournament and New Zealand’s was called Super Rugby Aotearoa.

The competition involves all five of the country’s Super Rugby clubs (the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders) playing in a round-robin format, with 20 matches played over a 10-week period to decide the winner. The tournament also features a number of unique rules that are being trialled by World Rugby, including a golden point format for extra time and a substitution rule after 20 minutes if a player receives a red card.

In last year’s competition, Crusaders emerged victorious over the other Super Rugby Aotearoa teams, much like they had in the last three Super Rugby competitions. However, the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders will all be hoping that they can knock Crusaders from their perch this time around.

In 2021, the competition will largely use the same format. However, for 2021, Super Rugby Aotearoa will feature an additional final between the two highest-placed teams in the tournament, and this game will decide the overall champion. Similarly, following the conclusion of the tournament, New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa teams will face teams from Australia’s Super Rugby AU series in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition. This will be the first time that the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition has been held.

Read on to discover more about Super Rugby Aotearoa. You can read all the latest news from the Super Rugby Aotearoa teams and see all of the latest Super Rugby Aotearoa results right here.



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