2014 Super Rugby draw out!

October 7, 2013
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The 2014 Super Rugby season will get underway in South Africa with the Cheetahs and Sharks scheduled to host back-to-back matches on Saturday, February 15 that will spark the new campaign into life.

By: Sport24

Lions fans won’t have to wait long to see their newly-promoted team in action with the franchise set to visit Bloemfontein for the season-opening clash at 17:05 local while the Sharks play host to the Bulls at Kings Park from 19:10.

Defending-champions the Chiefs start their bid for a third successive Super Rugby title when they visit the Crusaders in a blockbuster clash to open Round 2 that sees the Australian and New Zealand franchises begin their campaigns.

The Highlanders and the Blues meet in Dunedin on Saturday, February 22 in a clash that precedes the first Australian match between the Brumbies and Reds later that evening in Canberra.

The Stormers get their campaign underway with a visit to the Lions after a bye in the opening week and the Hurricanes begin their season on the road as they head to Durban to face the Sharks in the sole cross-conference clash of the opening fortnight.

Sydney gets an early taste of Super Rugby action as the Waratahs host the Force in the first Sunday afternoon fixture of the season while the Rebels will be champing at the bit to get their campaign underway on February 28 as they start at home against the Cheetahs following a Round 2 bye.

After falling just shy of their maiden title in 2013, the Brumbies will have April 25 circled for when the Chiefs are scheduled to visit the Australian capital as Anzac Day rugby features for the first time on the Super Rugby calendar since 2009.

The Blues and Waratahs commence Round 11 proceedings in New Zealand with a twilight kick-off on Anzac Day before the Highlanders visit the Sharks to round out the Friday triple-header across all three territories.

The Super Rugby Finals Series will occur over three weeks commencing on Friday, July 18, culminating with the crowning of the 2014 champion on Saturday, August 2.

SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said, “With the draw now confirmed, teams and fans alike can start preparing for what promises to be another exciting Super Rugby season.

“Local derbies remain the preeminent focus of the early rounds as they have proven to be tremendous drawcards to establish early momentum and start the competition with the tribalism and passion that Super Rugby is renowned for.

“I encourage all fans to get behind their team and sign up as a member in 2014 as we look forward to another incredible year of watching the best talent in world rugby.”

TEAM-BY-TEAM

Each team plays home and away derbies within their own conference, plus the following cross-conference matches in the 2014 Super Rugby season:

Australian Conference

Brumbies: Hurricanes (A), Stormers (H), Blues (H), Chiefs (H), Crusaders (A), Sharks (H), Cheetahs (A), Bulls (A)
Force: Highlanders (A), Chiefs (H), Bulls (H), Cheetahs (A), Stormers (A), Lions (H), Crusaders (A), Blues (H)
Rebels: Cheetahs (H), Crusaders (H), Highlanders (A), Chiefs (A), Sharks (H), Hurricanes (H), Lions (A), Bulls (A)
Reds: Cheetahs (H), Sharks (A), Lions (A), Stormers (H), Hurricanes (A), Blues (A), Crusaders (H), Highlanders (H)
Waratahs: Sharks (A), Stormers (A), Bulls (H), Blues (A), Hurricanes (H), Lions (H), Chiefs (A), Highlanders (H)

New Zealand Conference

Blues: Bulls (A), Lions (A), Cheetahs (H), Brumbies (A), Waratahs (H), Reds (H), Sharks (H), Force (A)
Chiefs: Stormers (H), Force (A), Bulls (A), Cheetahs (A), Rebels (H), Brumbies (A), Lions (H), Waratahs (H)
Crusaders: Stormers (H), Rebels (A), Lions (A), Cheetahs (A), Brumbies (H), Reds (A), Sharks (H), Force (H)
Highlanders: Force (H), Rebels (H), Bulls (H), Sharks (A), Stormers (A), Lions (H), Reds (A), Waratahs (A)
Hurricanes: Sharks (A), Stormers (A), Brumbies (H), Cheetahs (H), Bulls (H), Reds (H), Waratahs (A), Rebels (A)

South African Conference

Bulls: Blues (H), Chiefs (H), Hurricanes (A), Highlanders (A), Waratahs (A), Force (A), Brumbies (H), Rebels (H)
Cheetahs: Rebels (A), Reds (A), Hurricanes (A), Blues (A), Chiefs (H), Crusaders (H), Force (H), Brumbies (H)
Lions: Blues (H), Reds (H), Crusaders (H), Chiefs (A), Highlanders (A), Waratahs (A), Force (A), Rebels (A)
Sharks: Hurricanes (H), Reds (H), Waratahs (H), Highlanders (H), Rebels (A), Brumbies (A), Crusaders (A), Blues (A)
Stormers: Hurricanes (H), Crusaders (A), Chiefs (A), Brumbies (A), Reds (A), Waratahs (H), Highlanders (H), Force (H)

NOTES:

• Several venues in New Zealand are still to be confirmed. These will be published on the Super Rugby website and social media platforms as they are announced.

• The season runs from February 15 (RSA) and February 21 (AUS & NZ) until August 2, 2014

• The South African Conference commences one week earlier than Australia and New Zealand due to differing dates of June inbound Tests

• Each team plays 16 regular season matches; 8 home and 8 away (plus 2 byes)

• The season will consist of 125 matches, including the Finals Series

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4 Comments

  1. avatar out wide says:
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Stormers must have pissed someone at SANZAR off. They have a tour from hell with 2 of the top sides away in NZ, followed by 2 of the top Aussie sides. Hope they have some good reserves to spread the load over that tour in weeks 2 to 5.

  2. avatar Craven says:
    October 8th, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Lions to get snotted next year, repeatedly and without mercy.

    Actually feel sorry for them. With their team they haven’t even qualified for the Currie Cup semi-finals yet. And they have only so many players that can come back and in force the team.

  3. avatar Craven says:
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    How do the Stormers open with a bye for the second time in 3 years???

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I actually think that this could work for the Stormers. When they finish with those game they had finish the tough guys and they play them away from home. So they can have a better change in in securing home victories, as any one of these four team they play away can beat them at home, which make their tour then just that much harder.

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