The Hurricanes made a statement, the Chiefs ground out another win, the Bulls put the Stormers away at home and the Crusaders crawled their way over the line in Jo-Burg. These are the latest Super Rugby power rankings:

  1. Hurricanes

42 unanswered points against a confident Rebels side continues the Hurricanes rise into pole position. The likes of Gareth Evans, Ben Lam and Ngani Laumape were at their blockbusting best and they will be looking for more of the same against the Sharks next week.


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  1. Chiefs

The Chiefs displayed a performance that suggests they will be there at the business end of the season. A tough win over another NZ rival and a successful 100th for Sam Cane has them in a prime position to kick on with their campaign.

  1. Crusaders

The defending champs got the job done over the Lions in Johannesburg. It wasn’t pretty but as we have seen in recent years, the team that tastes success at the pointy end of the season looks back on these types of games as being pivotal towards their title aspirations.

  1. Rebels

The big question for the Rebels leading into their match with the Hurricanes was their ability to match it with New Zealand teams for the full 80. We got the answer and unfortunately for the Rebels, it was a ruthless wake-up call. They still at the top of the Super Rugby standings but will need to find some form after their bye.

  1. Highlanders

Two consecutive losses against fellow kiwi opposition has derailed the Highlanders perfect start to the season. A costly injury to Lima Sopoaga in the first half meant the Highlanders were missing that key decision maker against a staunch Chiefs outfit, which ultimately contributed to a negative scoreline.


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  1. Lions

The Lions haven’t looked like the same team of recent years. They have lacked the steel and grit that has been a cornerstone of their success under coach Johan Ackermann. 20 points has them comfortably leading the South African conference but if they want to reach a third consecutive final, they will need to find that spark.


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  1. Sharks

The Sharks made a huge statement at Eden Park on Saturday and made the Blues look extra ordinary. Yes, they leaked a few points themselves, but they will be a dark horse moving forward. A big test awaits them on Friday as they travel to Napier for a clash with the Canes.

  1. Reds

They had a bye over the weekend so retain their spot in the middle of the pack.

  1. Waratahs

A big win over an Aussie conference rival is always positive but doing it without superstar Israel Folau is encouraging. The Rebels are still the favourites to take out the Australian conference but expect the men from Sydney to stake a strong claim for those honours.

  1. Bulls

The Bulls jump the Stormers into 10th after their gutsy win at home. John Mitchell has helped the Bulls regain some of that attacking flair that helped win them three titles. The big issue for this team is their depth and ability to string together quality performances.


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  1. Stormers

Consistency has so far thwarted their season to date. Another close loss against the Bulls over the weekend means that winning now becomes imperative. An away match with the Lions next week could make or break their playoff hopes.

  1. Brumbies

The Brumbies lie 4th in the Australian conference and nothing suggests that will improve. The only positive coming out of Canberra is that David Pocock made his return over the weekend.


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  1. Jaguares

The Jaguares are a team that still seem to be finding their feet and because of the bye they remain at 13 for this week’s Power Rankings.

  1. Blues

An embarrassing performance for New Zealand’s biggest franchise has them probing for answers. They opened the turnstiles against the Sharks and it wasn’t pretty. If they don’t find answers soon, heads could roll.


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  1. Sunwolves

The Sunwolves are still making up the numbers and sit at the floor of these Power Rankings due to the fact they still haven’t tasted victory.

Author: Simon van Ryn

I am a sports mad fanatic who loves watching drama filled code. Growing up in Wellington I have been fortunate enough to witness some great sporting moments at the Cake Tin – non more satisfying than seeing my beloved Hurricanes finally lift that trophy after 21 years of hurt.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Really enjoying these Super Rugby updates Simon. Keep up the good work. The Hurricanes look really really good. I was interested to see how the Rebels went against them on Saturday but the Canes were just in a different league.

  2. Thanks George. Yeah it seems like New Zealand teams are once again setting the standard. The Rebels coach summed it up nicely by comparing the Hurricanes to the Manchester United of the English Premiership, they were just in another league on Friday.

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