2016 Super Rugby season

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2016 Super Rugby season
Countries Argentina (1 team)
Australia (5 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (6 teams)
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions Hurricanes (1st title)
Matches played142
Tries scored910 (6.41 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Beauden Barrett (223)
Top try scorer(s) Israel Folau (11)
Official website Official site
2015 (Previous)(Next) 2017

The 2016 Super Rugby season was the 21st season of Super Rugby and the first season featuring an expanded 18-team format. It was also the first season that teams outside Australia, New Zealand and South Africa featured, with the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from Japan taking part. This season also saw the return of the Kings, who competed just once before, in the 2013 Super Rugby season. [1] The round-robin games took place every weekend from 26 February to 16 July 2016 (with a break for international matches during June), followed by the finals series at the end of July and culminating in the final on 6 August.

Contents

The Hurricanes won their first championship after repeating their efforts of 2015 by finishing first in the regular season and hosting the final at Westpac Stadium, but this time they won, beating the Lions 20–3. Unlike 2015, where the Hurricanes looked likely to finish the regular season first with a number of rounds to go, they were sitting in seventh going into the final week of the regular season and while guaranteed a play-off spot, they required a number of upset results to elevate them to first. In particular the Lions losing to the Jaguares and scoring no match points after sending an under-strength side to Argentina, thereby losing their chance to host the final.

Competition format

The 18 teams were grouped geographically in two regional groups, each consisting of two conferences: the Australasian Group, with five teams in the Australian Conference and five teams in the New Zealand Conference and the South African Group, with six South African teams, one Argentinean team and one Japanese team split into a four-team Africa 1 Conference and a four-team Africa 2 Conference. [2]

In the group stages, there were 17 rounds of matches, where each team played 15 matches and had two rounds of byes for a total of 135 matches.

Teams played six intra-conference matches; in the four-team African Conferences, each team played the other three teams in their conference at home and away, while in the five-team Australasian Conferences, each team played two teams home and away and once against the other two teams (one at home and one away). The other nine matches were a single round of matches against each team in the other conference in their group, as well as against each team from one of the conferences in the other group. For 2016, the teams in Africa 1 played the teams in the Australian Conference, while the teams in Africa 2 played the teams in the New Zealand Conference.

The top team in each of the four conferences automatically qualified to the Quarter Finals. The next top three teams in the Australasian Group and the next top team in the South African group also qualified to the Quarter Finals as wildcards. The conference winners were seeded #1 to #4 for the Quarter Finals, in order of log points gained during the group stages, while the wildcards were seeded as #5 to #8 in order of log points gained during the group stages.

In the Quarter Finals, the conference winners hosted the first round of the finals, with the highest-seeded conference winner hosting the fourth-seeded wildcard entry, the second-seeded conference winner hosting the third-seeded wildcard entry, the third-seeded conference winner hosting the second-seeded wildcard entry and the fourth-seeded conference winner hosting the top-seed wildcard entry.

The Quarter Final winners progressed to the Semi-Finals, where the highest seed to reach the Semi-Finals hosted the lowest seed and the second-seeded semi-finalist hosted the third-seeded team.

The winners of the Semi-Finals progressed to the Final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.

Standings

The final standings for the 2016 Super Rugby season are: [3] [4]

2016 Super Rugby standings watch · edit · discuss
Australasian Group
PosTeamPWDLPFPAPDTFTATBLBPts
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hurricanes 151104458314+14461377253
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brumbies 151005425326+9956403043
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg Highlanders 151104422273+14950284452
4 Flag of New Zealand.svg Chiefs 151104491341+15068396151
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 151104487317+17065405150
6 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Waratahs 15807413317+9655374440
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues 15816374380−645472339
8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rebels 15708365486−12146652131
9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Reds 153111290458−16833570317
10 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Force 152013260441−18125600513
South African Group
PosTeamPWDLPFPAPDTFTATBLBPts
1 Flag of South Africa.svg Lions 151104535349+18671427152
2 Flag of South Africa.svg Stormers 151014440274+16649285451
3 Flag of South Africa.svg Sharks 15915360269+9140302343
4 Flag of South Africa.svg Bulls 15915399339+6047374042
5 Flag of Argentina.svg Jaguares 154011376427−5144511522
6 Flag of South Africa.svg Cheetahs 154011377425−4847481421
7 Flag of South Africa.svg Southern Kings 152013282684−4023495109
8 Flag of Japan.svg Sunwolves 151113293627−3343388039
Legend and competition rules
Legend:
Conference leaders, qualify to finals.P = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TF = Tries For, TA = Tries Against, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points
Wildcard teams, qualify to finals.
Competition rules:
Qualification:

The top eight teams qualified to the finals, with their final positions in the overall log determining their seedings in the Quarter Finals. The conference winners were seeded #1 to #4 for the Quarter Finals, in order of log points gained during the group stages, while the wildcards were seeded as #5 to #8 in order of log points gained during the group stages. In the Quarter Finals, the conference winners hosted the first round of the finals, with the highest-seeded conference winner hosting the fourth-seeded wildcard entry, the second-seeded conference winner hosting the third-seeded wildcard entry, the third-seeded conference winner hosting the second-seeded wildcard entry and the fourth-seeded conference winner hosting the top-seed wildcard entry. The Quarter Final winners progressed to the Semi-Finals, where the highest seed to reach the Semi-Finals hosted the lowest seed and the second-seeded semi-finalist hosted the third-seeded team. The winner of the Semi-Finals progressed to the Final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.

Points breakdown:
* 4 points for a win
* 2 points for a draw
* 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
* 1 bonus point for scoring at least three tries more than the opponent in a match

Classification:
Teams standings are calculated as follows: [5]
* Conference Leaders (i.e. conference leaders will always be ranked at the top)
* Log points
* Number of games won
* Overall points difference
* Number of tries scored
* Overall try difference

Matches

The fixtures for the 2016 Super Rugby competition were released on 28 September 2015: [6] The following matches were played during the regular season:

Team Progression – Australasian Group
TeamR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17QFSFFinal
Hurricanes0
(10th)
1
(9th)
5
(9th)
10
(6th)
15
(4th)
15
(6th)
20
(5th)
25
(4th)
26
(4th)
31
(4th)
31
(5th)
36
(5th)
36
(5th)
40
(4th)
44
(4th)
48
(5th)
53
(1st)
WonWonWon
Brumbies5
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
13
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
17
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
21
(6th)
21
(6th)
25
(2nd)
29
(6th)
29
(6th)
34
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
43
(2nd)
LostN/AN/A
Highlanders1
(6th)
5
(6th)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
18
(3rd)
22
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(5th)
24
(5th)
28
(5th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
37
(4th)
38
(5th)
43
(5th)
48
(4th)
52
(3rd)
WonLostN/A
Chiefs4
(2nd)
5
(5th)
10
(2nd)
14
(1st)
19
(1st)
24
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
33
(1st)
37
(1st)
37
(3rd)
37
(3rd)
42
(1st)
42
(3rd)
46
(1st)
51
(1st)
51
(4th)
WonLostN/A
Crusaders1
(7th)
5
(2nd)
5
(5th)
10
(5th)
14
(5th)
18
(4th)
22
(4th)
27
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
37
(1st)
37
(1st)
41
(3rd)
45
(1st)
45
(3rd)
50
(3rd)
50
(5th)
LostN/AN/A
Waratahs5
(3rd)
5
(4th)
5
(6th)
6
(8th)
10
(7th)
11
(7th)
11
(8th)
12
(8th)
17
(7th)
21
(7th)
25
(6th)
30
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
34
(6th)
39
(6th)
39
(6th)
40
(6th)
N/AN/AN/A
Blues4
(5th)
4
(7th)
5
(8th)
7
(7th)
7
(8th)
11
(8th)
12
(7th)
16
(7th)
16
(8th)
20
(8th)
25
(7th)
25
(7th)
29
(7th)
30
(7th)
30
(7th)
35
(7th)
39
(7th)
N/AN/AN/A
Rebels4
(4th)
4
(8th)
8
(4th)
13
(4th)
13
(6th)
17
(5th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
22
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(8th)
23
(8th)
23
(8th)
27
(8th)
27
(8th)
27
(8th)
31
(8th)
N/AN/AN/A
Reds0
(9th)
0
(10th)
1
(10th)
3
(10th)
4
(10th)
4
(10th)
8
(9th)
8
(9th)
8
(9th)
12
(9th)
12
(9th)
12
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
16
(9th)
17
(9th)
N/AN/AN/A
Force1
(8th)
5
(3rd)
5
(7th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
5
(9th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
6
(10th)
10
(10th)
10
(10th)
11
(10th)
12
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
N/AN/AN/A
Team Progression – South African Group
TeamR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17QFSFFinal
Lions5
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
18
(2nd)
22
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
32
(1st)
37
(1st)
42
(1st)
47
(1st)
52
(1st)
52
(1st)
WonWonLost
Stormers5
(2nd)
9
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(1st)
18
(1st)
23
(1st)
24
(1st)
28
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
31
(2nd)
32
(4th)
36
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
46
(2nd)
51
(2nd)
LostN/AN/A
Sharks5
(1st)
9
(1st)
13
(1st)
15
(1st)
16
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(4th)
17
(4th)
21
(4th)
22
(4th)
26
(4th)
30
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
35
(3rd)
39
(3rd)
43
(3rd)
LostN/AN/A
Bulls0
(7th)
4
(5th)
4
(6th)
6
(4th)
10
(4th)
14
(4th)
19
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
28
(3rd)
28
(4th)
32
(2nd)
32
(4th)
32
(4th)
37
(4th)
42
(4th)
N/AN/AN/A
Jaguares4
(4th)
5
(4th)
5
(4th)
6
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(5th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
12
(6th)
12
(6th)
13
(6th)
13
(6th)
14
(6th)
18
(6th)
18
(6th)
22
(5th)
N/AN/AN/A
Cheetahs1
(5th)
1
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
12
(5th)
16
(5th)
16
(5th)
17
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(5th)
21
(6th)
N/AN/AN/A
Kings0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
0
(8th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
4
(8th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
N/AN/AN/A
Sunwolves0
(6th)
0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
2
(7th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(7th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
9
(8th)
N/AN/AN/A
Key:windrawlossbye

Finals

The four conference winners advanced to the Quarter Finals, where they had home advantage against four wildcard teams, which consisted of the third to fifth-ranked teams in the Australasian Group and the third-ranked team in the South African Group.

The final seedings of these teams were: [3] [7]

Conference leaders
PosTeamPWDLPFPAPDTFTATBLBPts
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hurricanes 151104458314+14461377253
2 Flag of South Africa.svg Lions 151104535349+18671427152
3 Flag of South Africa.svg Stormers 151014440274+16649285451
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brumbies 151005425326+9956403043
Wildcard teams
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Highlanders 151104422273+14950284452
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Chiefs 151104491341+15068396151
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 151104487317+17065405150
8 Flag of South Africa.svg Sharks 15915360269+9140302343

The play-off fixtures were as follows:

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 July – Wellington
 
 
Hurricanes41
 
30 July – Wellington
 
Sharks0
 
Hurricanes25
 
23 July – Cape Town
 
Chiefs9
 
Stormers21
 
6 August – Wellington
 
Chiefs60
 
Hurricanes20
 
23 July – Johannesburg
 
Lions3
 
Lions42
 
30 July – Johannesburg
 
Crusaders25
 
Lions42
 
22 July – Canberra
 
Highlanders30
 
Brumbies9
 
 
Highlanders15
 

Quarter-finals

22 July 2016Brumbies9–15Highlanders Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Australia 
18:00Pen: Christian Lealiifano Rugby penalty.svg  11', 18', 52' (3/5)
Cards: Matt Toomua Yellow card.svg 37' to 47'
Report [8]
Scoreboard [9]
Try: Waisake Naholo Ru ball.svg  37'
Liam Squire Ru ball.svg  57'
Con: Lima Sopoaga Rugby penalty.svg  38' (1/2)
Pen: Lima Sopoaga Rugby penalty.svg  5' (1/3)
Attendance: 8,559 [10]
Referee: Angus Gardner
23 July 2016Hurricanes41–0Sharks Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand 
19:35Try: Loni Uhila Ru ball.svg  17'
James Marshall Ru ball.svg  21'
Jason Woodward Ru ball.svg  47'
Vaea Fifita Ru ball.svg  50'
TJ Perenara Ru ball.svg  59'
Brad Shields Ru ball.svg  80'
Con: Beauden Barrett Rugby penalty.svg  48', 51', 60' (3/5)
Jason Woodward Rugby penalty.svg  81' (1/1)
Pen: Beauden Barrett Rugby penalty.svg  14' (1/1)
Report [11]
Scoreboard [12]
Attendance: 17,685 [13]
Referee: Glen Jackson
23 July 2016Lions42–25Crusaders Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa 
16:30Try: Courtnall Skosan Ru ball.svg  2'
Rohan Janse van Rensburg Ru ball.svg  7'
Malcolm Marx Ru ball.svg  40'
Ruan Combrinck Ru ball.svg  69'
Ross Cronjé Ru ball.svg  74'
Con: Elton Jantjies Rugby penalty.svg  8', 40', 70', 75' (4/5)
Pen: Elton Jantjies Rugby penalty.svg  15', 62' (2/3)
Drop: Elton Jantjies Rugby penalty.svg  54' (1/1)
Report [14]
Scoreboard [15]
Try: Ryan Crotty Ru ball.svg  33'
Mitchell Drummond Ru ball.svg  63'
Ben Volavola Ru ball.svg  80'
Con: Richie Mo'unga Rugby penalty.svg  34', 63' (2/3)
Pen: Richie Mo'unga Rugby penalty.svg  20', 47' (2/2)
Cards: Luke Romano Yellow card.svg 6' to 16'
Referee: Craig Joubert
23 July 2016Stormers21–60Chiefs Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa 
19:00Try: Vincent Koch Ru ball.svg  11', 39'
Nizaam Carr Ru ball.svg  72'
Con: Robert du Preez Rugby penalty.svg  12', 40' (2/2)
Brandon Thomson Rugby penalty.svg  73' (1/1)
Report [16]
Scoreboard [17]
Try: Sam McNicol Ru ball.svg  14'
Brad Weber Ru ball.svg  17'
Tom Sanders Ru ball.svg  24'
James Lowe Ru ball.svg  34'
Damian McKenzie Ru ball.svg  46'
Hika Elliot Ru ball.svg  75'
Tevita Koloamatangi Ru ball.svg  79'
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Ru ball.svg  81'
Con: Damian McKenzie Rugby penalty.svg  15', 18', 25', 35', 76', 80', 82' (7/8)
Pen: Damian McKenzie Rugby penalty.svg  4', 29' (2/2)
Attendance: 28,972 [18]
Referee: Jaco Peyper

Semi-finals

30 July 2016Hurricanes25–9Chiefs Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand 
19:35Try: Willis Halaholo Ru ball.svg  7'
Beauden Barrett Ru ball.svg  35'
Victor Vito Ru ball.svg  48'
Con: Beauden Barrett Rugby penalty.svg  36', 49' (2/3)
Pen: Beauden Barrett Rugby penalty.svg  33', 56' (2/2)
Cards: Cory Jane Yellow card.svg 63' to 73'
Report [19]
Scoreboard [20]
Pen: Damian McKenzie Rugby penalty.svg  11', 40', 52' (3/4)
Attendance: 24,623 [21]
Referee: Angus Gardner
30 July 2016Lions42–30Highlanders Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa 
15:00Try: Elton Jantjies Ru ball.svg  12'
Rohan Janse van Rensburg Ru ball.svg  24'
Courtnall Skosan Ru ball.svg  46'
Jaco Kriel Ru ball.svg  55'
Lourens Erasmus Ru ball.svg  73'
Con: Elton Jantjies Rugby penalty.svg  13', 25', 56', 74' (4/5)
Pen: Elton Jantjies Rugby penalty.svg  21', 45', 52' (3/3)
Report [22]
Scoreboard [23]
Try: Matt Faddes Ru ball.svg  48'
Lima Sopoaga Ru ball.svg  66'
Waisake Naholo Ru ball.svg  75'
Joe Wheeler Ru ball.svg  82'
Con: Lima Sopoaga Rugby penalty.svg  76', 82' (2/4)
Pen: Lima Sopoaga Rugby penalty.svg  19', 40' (2/3)
Referee: Jaco Peyper

Final

6 August 2016Hurricanes20–3Lions Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand 
19:35Try: Cory Jane Ru ball.svg  22'
Beauden Barrett Ru ball.svg  69'
Con: Beauden Barrett Rugby penalty.svg  23', 70' (2/2)
Pen: Beauden Barrett Rugby penalty.svg  12', 52' (2/2)
Report
Scoreboard [24]
Pen: Elton Jantjies Rugby penalty.svg  26' (1/3)
Attendance: 34,014 [25]
Referee: Glen Jackson

Players

Squads

The following squads were named for the 2016 Super Rugby season:

Blues squad
Forwards Josh BekhuisGerard Cowley-TuiotiJoe EdwardsCharlie FaumuinaBlake GibsonAkira IoaneJerome KainoTanerau LatimerSteve LuatuaQuentin MacDonaldSione MafileoHoani MatengaNic MayhewMatt MouldsJames ParsonsSam PrattleyKara PryorJack RamScott ScraftonPatrick TuipulotuOfa Tu'ungafasiNamatahi Waa
Backs Matt DuffiePiers FrancisBilly GuytonBryn HallRieko IoaneTevita LiMatt McGahanGeorge MoalaMelani NanaiSam NockRene RangerMale Sa'uMatt VaegaLolagi VisiniaIhaia WestDid not play:Afa Fa'atauTJ FaianeBen LamMichael LittleJordan Trainor
Coach Tana Umaga
Brumbies squad
Forwards Robbie AbelAllan AlaalatoaBen AlexanderRory ArnoldJarrad ButlerSam CarterBlake EneverScott FardyBen HyneLeslie Leulua’iali’i-MakinJoshua Mann-ReaStephen MooreDavid PocockScott SioJordan SmilerRuan SmithTom StaniforthIta VaeaMichael WellsDid not play:Albert Anae
Backs Nigel Ah WongRobbie ColemanTomás CubelliJames DargavilleMichael DowsettJordan Jackson-HopeTevita KuridraniChristian LealiifanoJoe PowellAndrew SmithHenry SpeightLausii TaliauliJoe TomaneMatt ToomuaAidan TouaDid not play:Nick Jooste
Coach Stephen Larkham
Bulls squad
Forwards Arno BothaRenaldo BothmaNick de JagerLizo GqobokaGrant HattinghNico Janse van RensburgJason JenkinsJannes KirstenWerner KrugerLappies LabuschagnéHanro LiebenbergBandise MakuNqoba MxoliTrevor NyakaneMarvin OriePierre SchoemanRoelof SmitRG SnymanDeon StegmannAdriaan StraussMarcel van der MerweHencus van WykJaco VisagieDid not play:Dean GreylingIrné HerbstFreddy NgozaJacques PotgieterCallie Visagie
Backs Bjorn BassonFrancois BrummerWarrick GelantTravis IsmaielDan KrielJesse KrielSP MaraisBurger OdendaalRudy PaigeTian SchoemanJan SerfonteinDries SwanepoelJamba UlengoIvan van ZylPiet van ZylDid not play:Kefentse MahloDuncan MatthewsLuther ObiHandré PollardJoshua Stander
Coach Nollis Marais
Cheetahs squad
Forwards Willie BritzUzair CassiemAranos CoetzeeLuan de BruinLood de JagerJacques du ToitJoseph DwebaElandré HuggettReniel HugoNiell JordaanArmandt KosterHilton LobbertsCharles MaraisDanie MienieOupa MohojéOx NchéBoom PrinslooPaul SchoemanFrancois UysMaks van DykTorsten van JaarsveldHenco VenterCarl WegnerDid not play:Justin BassonTienie BurgerSteven MeiringTeunis NieuwoudtGerhard OlivierNeil RautenbachBoela SerfonteinBG UysDennis Visser
Backs Rayno BenjaminClayton BlommetjiesSias EbersohnJoubert EngelbrechtNico LeeNiel MaraisTian MeyerSergeal PetersenRaymond RhuleWilliam Small-SmithMichael van der SpuyFrancois VenterShaun VenterGeorge WhiteheadFred ZeilingaDid not play:Maphutha DoloReinhardt ErweeTertius KrugerGerrie LabuschagnéZee MkhabelaJP SmithRuan van RensburgCoenie van Wyk
Coach Franco Smith
Chiefs squad
Forwards Michael AllardiceJohan BardoulDominic BirdLachlan BoshierMitchell BrownSam CaneHika ElliotSiegfried FisiihoiMitchell GrahamKane HamesNathan HarrisSam HenwoodTevita KoloamatangiMichael LeitchPauliasi ManuRhys MarshallLiam MessamAtunaisa MoliBrodie RetallickTom SandersTaleni SeuSiate TokolahiJames TuckerMaama VaipuluHiroshi YamashitaDid not play:Mitchell KarpikNepo Laulala
Backs Aaron CrudenStephen DonaldGlen FisiiahiKayne HammingtonAndrew HorrellTawera Kerr-BarlowAnton Lienert-BrownJames LoweDamian McKenzieSam McNicolCharlie NgataiToni PuluShaun StevensonSeta TamanivaluLatu VaenoSam VakaBrad WeberDid not play:Augustine PuluChase TiatiaSonny Bill Williams
Coach Dave Rennie
Crusaders squad
Forwards Michael Ala'alatoaScott BarrettTim BoysWyatt CrockettOwen FranksBen FunnellAlex HodgmanJoe MoodyReed PrinsepKieran ReadGed RobinsonLuke RomanoPete SamuJordan TaufuaCodie TaylorMatt ToddJimmy TupouSam WhitelockDid not play:Jed BrownMitchell DunsheaTim Perry
Backs Ryan CrottyIsrael DaggMitchell DrummondAndy EllisKieron FonotiaLeon FukofukaDavid HaviliMitchell HuntJone Macilai-ToriMarty McKenzieJohnny McNichollRichie Mo'ungaNemani NadoloBen VolavolaSean WainuiDid not play:Sione FifitaRobbie FrueanJack Goodhue
Coach Todd Blackadder
Force squad
Forwards Jermaine AinsleyChris AlcockNathan CharlesAdam ColemanAngus CottrellPekahou CowanTetera FaulknerRichard HardwickRoss Haylett-PettyChris HeibergMatt HodgsonKane KotekaSteve MafiBen McCalmanGuy MillarMatt PhilipAnaru RangiHarry ScobleBrynard StanderHeath TessmannFrancois van WykRory WaltonDid not play:Ollie HoskinsTom Sexton
Backs Marcel BracheLuke BurtonKyle GodwinPeter GrantDane Haylett-PettyJono LanceRyan LouwrensSemisi MasirewaAlby MathewsonAmmon MatuautoLuke MorahanAlbert NikoroIan PriorJunior RasoleaBen TapuaiDid not play:Brad Lacey
Coach Michael FoleyDavid Wessels
Highlanders squad
Forwards Alex AinleyShane ChristieLiam ColtmanAsh DixonElliot DixonBrendon EdmondsGareth EvansTom FranklinRoss GeldenhuysSiua HalanukonukaJosh HohneckJames LentjesDaniel Lienert-BrownCraig MillarGreg Pleasants-TateDan PryorMark ReddishAki SeiuliLiam SquireJoe WheelerLuke WhitelockDid not play:Jackson Hemopo
Backs Marty BanksJamie BoothJason EmeryMatt FaddesMalakai FekitoaWaisake NaholoPatrick OsborneHayden ParkerJosh RentonAaron SmithBen SmithFletcher SmithLima SopoagaFumiaki TanakaRob ThompsonTe Aihe TomaRyan TongiaTeihorangi WaldenJack WilsonDid not play:Richard BuckmanSio Tomkinson
Coach Jamie Joseph
Hurricanes squad
Forwards Mark AbbottLeni ApisaiDane ColesGeoffrey CridgeChris EvesMichael FatialofaVaea FifitaCallum GibbinsReggie GoodesMike KaingaTony LambornMotu Matu'uBen MayRicky RiccitelliArdie SaveaBrad ShieldsBlade ThomsonJeffery Toomaga-AllenLoni UhilaVictor VitoDid not play:James BlackwellJames BroadhurstIopu Iopu-AsoChristian LloydHugh RentonHisa Sasagi
Backs Vince AsoBeauden BarrettOtere BlackJamison Gibson-ParkWes GoosenWillis HalaholoCory JaneNgani LaumapeJames MarshallNehe Milner-SkudderTJ PerenaraMatt ProctorJulian SaveaTe Toiroa TahuriorangiJason WoodwardDid not play:Pita AhkiTJ Va'a
Coach Chris Boyd
Jaguares squad
Forwards Matías AlemannoFelipe ArreguiRodrigo BáezFacundo BoschAgustín CreevySantiago García BottaFacundo GigenaJuan Cruz GuillemaínRamiro HerreraFacundo IsaMarcos KremerIgnacio LarragueTomás LavaniniJuan Manuel LeguizamónTomás LezanaPablo MateraJulián MontoyaLucas Noguera PazJavier Ortega DesioGuido PettiEnrique PierettoLeonardo SenatoreRoberto TejerizoNahuel Tetaz ChaparroDid not play:Cristian Bartoloni
Backs Gonzalo BertranouEmiliano BoffelliSantiago CorderoJerónimo de la FuenteFelipe EzcurraLucas González AmorosinoSantiago González IglesiasJuan Martín HernándezMartín LandajoManuel MonteroMatías MoroniRamiro MoyanoMatías OrlandoJoaquín PazNicolás SánchezJoaquín TuculetSegundo TuculetDid not play:Gabriel Ascárate
Coach Raúl Pérez
Southern Kings squad
Forwards Justin AckermanJacobie AdriaanseLouis AlbertseJC AstleMartin BezuidenhoutThembelani BholiTom BothaChris CloeteAidon DavisJacques EngelbrechtMartin FerreiraSchalk FerreiraLiam HendricksCornell HessJP JonckSintu ManjeziEdgar MarutlulleAndisa NtsilaSchalk OelofseSti SitholeSteven SykesCJ VellemanStefan WillemseDid not play:Philip du PreezTazz FuzaniTyler PaulJunior PokomelaVukile Sofisa
Backs Lukhanyo AmJP du PlessisLeighton EksteenLouis FouchéShane GatesSiyanda GreyJames HallDewald HumanMalcolm JaerNtando KebeKevin LuitersWandile MjekevuCharles RadebeJaco van TonderJurgen VisserLuzuko VulindluJeremy WardStefan WatermeyerElgar WattsDid not play:Theuns Kotzé
Coach Deon Davids
Lions squad
Forwards Ruan AckermannFabian BooysenCyle BrinkRobbie CoetzeeStephan de WitRuan DreyerLourens ErasmusAndries FerreiraCorné FourieJaco KrielRobert KrugerRuaan LermMalcolm MarxFranco MostertMartin MullerJulian RedelinghuysRamone SamuelsPieter ScholtzDylan SmithWarwick TecklenburgClinton TheronAkker van der MerweJacques van RooyenWarren WhiteleyDid not play:MB Lusaseni
Backs JW BellMarnitz BoshoffAndries CoetzeeRuan CombrinckRoss CronjéAshlon DavidsFaf de KlerkStokkies HanekomRohan Janse van RensburgElton JantjiesSylvian MahuzaLionel MapoeKoch MarxHoward MnisiJacques NelCourtnall SkosanDillon SmitJaco van der WaltAnthony VolminkHarold VorsterDid not play:Sampie Mastriet
Coach Johan Ackermann
Rebels squad
Forwards Cruze Ah-NauSteve CumminsColby Fainga'aScott FuglistallerJamie HaganJames HansonSam JeffriesLuke JonesPatrick LeafaRob LeotaSean McMahonTim MetcherTom MoloneyJordy ReidCulum RetallickSiliva SilivaToby SmithAdam ThomsonLopeti TimaniLaurie WeeksDid not play:Ryan CockerHarley Fox
Backs Paul AsquithCam CrawfordJack DebreczeniTamati EllisonTom EnglishMike HarrisDaniel HawkinsReece HodgeMitch InmanKotaro MatsushimaBen MeehanSefa NaivaluJonah PlacidDom ShipperleyMichael SnowdenNic StirzakerSione TuipulotuDid not play:Jack Maddocks
Coach Tony McGahan
Reds squad
Forwards Curtis BrowningBen DaleyKane DouglasSef Fa'agaseSaia Fainga'aLiam GillMichael GunnGreg HolmesLeroy HoustonMatt MafiBen MatwijowCadeyrn NevillePettowa ParakaAndrew ReadyJake SchatzWaita SetuRob SimmonsJames SlipperSam TalakaiTaniela TupouHendrik TuiLukhan TuiDid not play:Lolo FakaosileaAdam KorczykCaleb Timu
Backs Tom BanksAnthony Fainga'aChris Feauai-SautiaNick FrisbyScott GaleAlex GibbonAyumu GoromaruSam GreeneKarmichael HuntSamu KereviChris KuridraniJunior LaloifiCampbell MagnayJake McIntyreEto NabuliDuncan Paia'auaHenry TaefuJack TuttleJames TuttleDid not play:Izaia PereseJamie-Jerry Taulagi
Coaches Richard GrahamMatt O'ConnorNick Stiles
Sharks squad
Forwards Lourens AdriaanseHyron AndrewsRuan BothaDale ChadwickMarcell CoetzeeKyle CooperKeegan DanielJean DeyselDan du PreezJean-Luc du PreezThomas du ToitStephan LewiesFranco MaraisDavid McDulingTendai MtawariraTera MtembuGiant MtyandaCoenie OosthuizenEtienne OosthuizenChiliboy RalepelleJuan SchoemanPhilip van der WaltDid not play:Renaldo BothmaGerhard EngelbrechtFrancois KleinhansKhaya MajolaJacques PotgieterTjiuee Uanivi
Backs Garth AprilCurwin BoschMichael ClaassensAndré EsterhuizenPaul JordaanPatrick LambieWillie le RouxLwazi MvovoOdwa NdunganeJoe PietersenJP PietersenCobus ReinachS'bura SitholeRhyno SmithStefan UngererHeimar WilliamsDid not play:Johan DeyselMarius LouwWandile MjekevuInny Radebe
Coach Gary Gold
Stormers squad
Forwards Schalk BurgerNizaam CarrJan de KlerkPieter-Steph du ToitRynhardt ElstadtEben EtzebethJC Janse van RensburgOli KebbleJean KleynVincent KochSiya KolisiWilco LouwFrans MalherbeBongi MbonambiSikhumbuzo NotsheScarra NtubeniJD SchickerlingJP SmithKobus van DykChris van ZylAlistair VermaakMike WillemseDid not play:David RibbansJurie van VuurenJacques Vermeulen
Backs Kurt ColemanDamian de AllendeJuan de JonghDaniël du PlessisJean-Luc du PlessisRobert du PreezNic GroomHuw JonesCheslin KolbeJohnny KôtzeDillyn LeydsGodlen MasimlaLouis SchreuderJaco TauteBrandon ThomsonKobus van WykScott van BredaJano VermaakLeolin ZasDid not play:Ryno EksteenCornal HendricksJustin PhillipsSeabelo SenatlaEW Viljoen
Coach Robbie Fleck
Sunwolves squad
Forwards Taiyo AndoTakuma AsaharaTim BondAndrew DurutaloShota HorieYoshiya HosodaKeita InagakiShinnosuke KakinagaShokei KinTakeshi KizuKoo Ji-wonNaohiro KotakiFa'atiga LemaluTomás LeonardiShinya MakabeMasataka MikamiLiaki MoliFutoshi MoriHitoshi OnoEd QuirkKoki YamamotoDid not play:Ryuhei AritaShohei HiranoTsuyoshi MurataKazuhiko Usami
Backs Derek CarpenterAtsushi HiwasaDaisuke InoueKentaro KodamaViliami LoloheaMifiposeti PaeaTusi PisiYasutaka SasakuraKaito ShigenoJohn StewartYu TamuraHarumichi TatekawaRiaan ViljoenAkihito YamadaRyohei YamanakaHajime YamashitaYuki Yatomi
Coach Mark Hammett
Waratahs squad
Forwards Jack DempseyDave DennisNed HaniganJames HilterbrandJed HollowayMichael HooperTolu LatuSam LousiDean MummWycliff PaluTatafu Polota-NauHugh RoachTom RobertsonBenn RobinsonPaddy RyanWill SkeltonAngus Ta'avaoJeremy TilseDid not play:Ryan McCauleyCameron OrrMatt SandellSenio ToleafoaBrad Wilkin
Backs Kurtley BealeMatthew CarraroIsrael FolauBernard FoleyZac GuildfordBryce HegartyRob HorneDavid HorwitzAndrew KellawayMatt LucasTaqele NaiyaravoroNick PhippsReece RobinsonJim StewartDid not play:Henry Clunies-RossAndrew DeeganJake GordonHarry Jones
Coach Daryl Gibson

Player statistics

The top ten points scorers during the 2016 Super Rugby season are: [26]

Top Ten points scorers
NoPlayerTeamTCPDGPts
1 Beauden Barrett Hurricanes950251223
2 Damian McKenzie Chiefs1043210199
3 Elton Jantjies Lions344272190
4 Lima Sopoaga Highlanders534292186
5 Richie Mo'unga Crusaders541240179
6 Christian Lealiifano Brumbies341220163
7 Nicolás Sánchez Jaguares224271142
8 Ihaia West Blues419240130
9 Jean-Luc du Plessis Stormers226220128
10 Jack Debreczeni Rebels225200120
Bernard Foley Waratahs135150120

Referees

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2016 Super Rugby season:

2016 Super Rugby referees
Argentina Federico Anselmi
Australia Nic BerryAngus GardnerRohan HoffmannWill HoustonAndrew Lees
Japan Shuhei Kubo
New Zealand Nick BriantMike FraserGlen JacksonJamie NutbrownBen O'KeeffeBrendon PickerillChris PollockPaul Williams
South Africa Stuart BerryQuinton ImmelmanCraig JoubertJaco PeyperRasta RasivhengeMarius van der WesthuizenJaco van Heerden

Attendances

TeamMain StadiumCapacityTotal AttendanceAverage Attendance % Capacity
Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues Eden Park 50,000125,46515,68333%
Flag of New Zealand.svg Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800
Flag of New Zealand.svg Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500180,49018,04955%
Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders Rugby League Park 18,000
Flag of New Zealand.svg Highlanders Forsyth Barr Stadium 30,728
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500132,84316,60531%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011109,21712,13548%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000162,58020,32246%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Rebels AAMI Park 29,50073,55710,50835%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Force nib Stadium 20,500
Flag of South Africa.svg Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000
Flag of South Africa.svg Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,792
Flag of South Africa.svg Lions Ellis Park 62,567
Flag of South Africa.svg Southern Kings Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,00049,6586,20712%
Flag of South Africa.svg Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000
Flag of South Africa.svg Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900
Flag of Argentina.svg Jaguares José Amalfitani Stadium 49,64089,85712,83625%
Flag of Japan.svg Sunwolves Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 27,188111,75813,96937%

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