No-one expected Tana Umaga to be able to turn the Blues fortunes around in the space of a season, but he has instilled some steel in his charges and if they are able to build on that all may not be lost.
Source: Report Card: Blues
This is Super Rugby’s Week one Round up on Â Investec Super Rugby 2016 and one thing has quickly become clear…
New Zealand Conference
The Chiefs beat the Crusaders 27-21.
South Africa Conference 1
The Stormers beat the Bulls 33-9.
The Sunwolves hosted the Lions in Tokyo and lostÂ 13-26.
South Africa Conference 2
TheÂ Kings, lost 43-8 by the Sharks.
The Brumbies and the Waratahs are on top of the leaderboard in Australia.
The Brumbies beatÂ the Hurricanes 52-10 in Canberra.
The derby game between the Australian States of New South Whales and Queensland against the Waratahs, with 30-10 win over the reds.
This is Waratahs Â fifth straight win over the Reds,
The Melbourne Rebels won the Perth’s Force 25-19.
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The 2016 Super Rugby seasonÂ will be marking the 21st season ofÂ Super Rugby and will be the first season featuring an expanded 18-team format. Â This 2016 season will also include for the first time, Teams outside the usual Australia , New Zealand, and South Africa adding teams from Argentina andÂ Japan.
The round-robin games will take 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.
The 18 teams will be grouped geographically, with 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.
The Group Stages will be consisting of 17 rounds of matches, where each team will play 15 matches and have two rounds of byes for a total of 135 matches.
Teams will play six intra-conference matches in the four-team African Conferences, with each team playing other three teams in their conference home and away. Â The 5 team Australasian Conferences will play two teams home and away and will also play once again the other two teams (one at home and one away).
The other nine matches will be 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.
In 2016, the teams in Africa 1 will play the teams in the Australian Conference, while the teams in Africa 2 will play the teams in the New Zealand Conference.
The top team in each of the four conferences will automatically qualify to the Quarter Finals. The next top three teams in the Australasian Group and the next top team in the South African group will also qualify to the Quarter Finals as wildcards. The conference winners will be seeded #1 to #4 for the Quarter Finals, in order of log points gained during the group stages, while the wildcards will be seeded as #5 to #8 in order of log points gained during the group stages.
In the Quarter Finals, the conference winners will host 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 will progress to the Semi-Finals, where the highest seed to reach the Semi-Finals will host the lowest seed and the second-seeded semi-finalist will host the third-seeded team.
The winners of the Semi-Finals will progress to the Final, at the venue of the highest-seeded team.
Season Begins on February 26th -Â First Game At Eden Park Venue, Auckland
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Accommodation For the 2016 Super Rugby Season
If you are looking for a place to stay during the 2016 Super Rugby Season, You should Know that Eden Park Bed and Breakfast NZ is only a stone throw away from the 2016 Super Rugby Venue at Eden Park. Â Make sure you contact us for room availability during this busy season. Â Make sure you book prior to visiting Auckland, New Zealand.