The Hurricanes continued their dominance over Kiwi opposition, the Highlanders kept their perfect home record intact, the Waratahs won the battle at the SCG, the Blues scored their second win of the season, the Rebels blew another one in Melbourne and the Bulls gave the Sharks an old fashioned thumping in Durban. This is your week 9 Power Rankings.

  1. Hurricanes

The Canes produced another bruising performance on their home patch. They were exceptionally clinical when it mattered and it will take something special to knock these blokes over. Beauden Barrett was in fine touch and proved once again that he is vital to their title credentials moving forward.

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2. Crusaders

The bye makes no dent to the Crusaders and they remain firmly in the hunt.

3. Highlanders

Led by elusive All Black Ben Smith, the Highlanders out paced the Brumbies to make it a 34th victory for Kiwi sides over their Australian counterparts. Forsyth Bar has become a fortress for the men from the deep South. If they want to remain at the top they need to learn how to win away from home.


4. Waratahs

The Waratahs have slowly crept their way up the rankings after a great run of form. An important conference win against rivals – the Reds, puts them in pole position for a home playoff spot. The pending return of Israel Folau will only strengthen this outfit.

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5. Chiefs

A critical loss away to the Hurricanes and a loss of another prop sees them drop a few spots into 5th. They are still well in the hunt though and will welcome the returning cavalry with open arms.

6. Lions

A bye sees the men from Jo-Burg slip to 6th.

7. Rebels

Two straight losses on home soil has the Melbourne based franchise reeling. A trip to South Africa will test the metal of this side after such a charismatic start to 2018.

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8. Bulls

The Bulls jump up the rankings after convincingly putting away the Sharks. The Bulls have looked exceptional in patches this year. The key for them moving forward is to find a model of consistency.

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9. Sharks

A big wake up call against the Bulls knocks the Sharks back to 9th. They need to rediscover that form from their New Zealand tour if they want to remain a threat in this competition.

10. Brumbies

After a positive result against the Reds at home last week, the Brumbies fell back down to earth with a thrashing against he Highlanders. They actually looked up for the fight until the Highlanders found another gear and pulled away in the second half.

11. Stormers

The result of a bye sees the Stormers remain at 11th spot in the Power Rankings.

12. Jaguares

A win away in Melbourne is a huge result for the Argentinians. They showed great resolve to turn around a hefty halftime deficit. A great result see this trending upwards.

13. Reds

The Reds campaign is teetering on a knifes edge. They have lost back to back matches against Australian opposition and now find themselves in a fight to savour their playoff aspirations.

14. Blues

Finally the Blues notched their second win in 2018. A win against the lowest ranked side sees them make no inroads to this weeks Power Rankings.

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15. Sunwolves

Still no wins, enough said.


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.


  1. I fancy their chances. The score could blow out with all those Blues injuries.

    I do like the look of Dalton Papalii though and he could really change the dynamic of this Blues side moving forward. His hard nosed approach and strong ball carrying is exactly what they need.

  2. I really do expect the Bulls to string together a consistent run of wins in the remaining weeks of the comp considering that they play only 2 of their last 9 abroad. They look seriously formidable in South Africa and securing playoff games in South Africa could be the key to their progression. However it pans out, I’m seriously optimistic for this side in the future.


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