The Hurricanes bite late against the Sharks, the Chiefs tip the scales against the Blues, the Lions run rampant at home, the Crusaders get the job done in Argentina, and the Brumbies show some ticker to beat the Reds. These are the latest Super Rugby power rankings.

  1. Hurricanes

The Hurricanes pulled a rabbit out the hat with a late penalty to clinch Friday night’s tussle with the Sharks. They keep their spot at the top of the Power Rankings after showing championship quality during their 39-phase match clincher. Conjuring up exit strategies will be top of the agenda heading into their big derby match with the Chiefs.


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  1. Crusaders

The Cantabrians move up one spot after dealing with the Jaguares in Argentina. After taking a gamble and resting most of their leadership group, they managed to comfortably put aside a confident Jaguares outfit, showcasing their title credentials. Wingers George Bridge and Masa Mataele were influential on the edges.

  1. Chiefs

The Chiefs were always the dominant team on Saturday but struggled to finish off their opportunities. Losing Damian McKenzie in the first half, along with some steely Blues defence meant that the Chiefs had to guts it out. A win is a win though and they remain well in the hunt for the New Zealand conference.


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  1. Lions

The big movers this week are the Lions. The boys from Johannesburg were back to their exuberant best after running up the scoreboard against conference rivals – the Stormers. A three-try blitz in the first 12 minutes by talented young speedster Madosh Tambwe, set the tone for the match. In the end, the Lions eased past the half-century mark by making a big statement.


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  1. Rebels

The Rebels suffer from the bye and move down a ranking.

  1. Highlanders

The Highlanders also drop down a ranking after their rest week.

  1. Sharks

A fantastic performance against the Hurricanes on their own turf will inject a lot of confidence into the Sharks campaign. They really took it to the Hurricanes and key figures like Jean-Luc du Preez and his brother Robert du Preez showcased the heavyweight potential of this side.

  1. Waratahs

Taqele Naiyaravoro led the Waratahs to a resounding win over the underwhelming Sunwolves. The reputation of this side grows every week and they are starting to look like conference favourites.


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  1. Bulls

The Bulls were also on the bye and they make no movement this week.

  1. Reds

A speedy start against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday meant nothing in the end. The Brumbies piled on the points to gift the Reds their third loss of the season. They will now travel to Sydney looking for crucial points.

  1. Brumbies

The Brumbies showed real heart to change the momentum against the Queenslanders after they shot out of the blocks. Led by David Pocock and Rory Arnold the Brumbies bullied the Reds pack before pulling away and ultimately winning by 24 points. More of this and the Canberra based outfit will march towards another playoff appearance.


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  1. Stormers

The Stormers showed patches of brilliance against the Lions, however, they couldn’t hold off the vibrancy of a hot trotting Lions side. They need results badly and a win after their bye is now a must.

  1. Jaguares

The Argentinian side were all spark but no fire as they once again botched opportunity after opportunity. Tomas Lavanini again proved why he is the most polarising player in World Rugby, costing the Jaguares big moments in the match. If the Jaguares want to make moves in this competition, they need to show Tomas the door.


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  1. Blues

A+ for effort. Unfortunately, effort doesn’t earn you points and the Blues were once again on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Their defence was much improved compared to the week before. However, for some reason, they forgot how to attack. If they maintain that defensive benchmark and find some form with the ball in hand, the Blues will be a tough team to combat.

  1. Sunwolves

They remain winless and as a result, they are once again anchored to the bottom of this week’s Power Rankings.

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. Jusy want to ask that umpires decide on a certain amount of time to be given when playing advantage because it gets ridiculous.That being said What an exciting week of Rugby

  2. Hi Ralph. I understand your frustration in regards to the advantage being played by the referees. There seems to be some inconsistency on the length of time they are officiating advantage this year.

    The way I see it is that if advantage is only played for a knock on then the ref should wipe that advantage if the team in control moves forward more than two phases with positive momentum. If advantage is being played for a penalty then the ref should give the team with that advantage more time to create an opportunity.

    The referees have a lot of control around the flow of a game and there has been some overkill in terms of giving teams too much advantage. It’s just about getting the balance right so the game isn’t stop start, stop start.

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