Super Rugby 2018
This year marks the 23rd season of Super Rugby and will feature a reduced format, reverting to 15 teams after 2 seasons in which 18 teams competed. The 3 teams that will not be competing in 2018 include the Cheetahs and the Kings from South Africa, as well as the Force from Australia.
The 15 teams competing in this year’s Super Rugby tournament are split into 3 divisional conferences, namely the Australian, the New Zealand and the South African conference. The Australia conference includes the Australian teams as well as the Japanese Sunwolves team. The New Zealand conference includes the 5 New Zealand teams and the South African conference includes the 4 South African teams as well as the Jaguars from Argentina.
Representing the Australian conference, we have the Brumbies, the Reds, the Rebels, the Waratahs and finally the Sunwolves. The New Zealand teams include the Blues, the Chiefs, the Crusaders, the Highlanders and the Hurricanes. From South Africa, we have the Bulls, the Lions, the Sharks, the Stormers and the Jaguars (Argentina).
One of the reason’s Super Rugby is so popular is because of the sheer number of games taking place throughout the year. Each of the 15 teams plays a total of 16 matches with over 120 games in all. In each conference, each team plays each other twice, 1 at home and 1 away. Teams will also play 4 teams in each of the other 2 conferences that make up the 16 games.
After the group stages, the top team in each conference automatically qualifies for the quarterfinals. The next five teams with the most points will also qualify for the quarterfinals. The winners in the quarterfinals progress to the semi-finals and the 2 semi-final winners will face off in the finals.
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This year, the action kicks off on the 17th of February with the qualifiers in July and the finals on the 4th of August. Last year, the Lions defeated the Hurricanes to book their spot in the final while the Crusaders defeated the Chiefs for their spot. In the final, the Crusaders overpowered the South Africans 25 points to 17 to claim the title.
If you want to get in on the betting action this year, there are plenty of world-class betting sites that offer great odds. We can recommend Paddy Power, Betway Sports, Winner Sports, Titan Bet and 888 Sports.