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Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020

In 2020 the Super Rugby season was postponed due to the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic. After 7 rounds had been played the competition was postponed indefinitely.

In New Zealand there was a lockdown that curtailed all movement and activities. As the country moved out from this, the NZ Rugby Union announced a competition for the 5 NZ Super Rugby teams to play in to allow some rugby to be played.

Under the guidelines in place at the time, the games were to be played in empty stadiums. However this changed a week before the start and fans were allowed into matches.

The new competition will have some new rules in place to try making the games faster and more entertaining.

  • If a match is tied after 80 minutes of regular time, the result will be decided by golden point. The first team to score - by drop goal, penalty kick, or try - during a 10-minute period of extra time will take the win and earn four competition points.
  • Players who receive a red card can be replaced with another player 20 minutes after they are sent from the field. The sent-off player cannot to return to the field and will face Sanzaar’s existing judicial process. There is no change to the yellow card sanction.

While there are no actual rule changes there will also be a focus on the breakdown area by the referees. 

  • Ball carriers will be allowed only one dynamic movement after being tackled.
  • Crawling, or any secondary movement other than placing or passing will be penalised.
  • Tacklers will be expected to roll away immediately in the direction of the side-line. This will be referee’s “number one priority” at the tackle.
  • There will be "extra focus” on the offside line with defenders expected to be “clearly” onside to provide attacking teams more space

    

Americas Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Crusaders 8 6 1 1 219 148 4 30
Blues 8 5 2 1 176 149 2 24
Hurricanes 8 5 3 202 213 1 21
Highlanders 8 3 5 197 227 2 14
Chiefs 8 8 155 212 5 5


Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020 Fixtures

June 13

June 14

      

June 20

June 21

            

June 27

June 28

   

July 4

July 5

     

July 11

July 12

    

July 18

July 19

      

July 25

July 26

    

August 1

August 2

   

August 8

August 9

   

August 15

August 16

Highlanders

Blues

    

Chiefs

Hurricanes

    

Blues

Crusaders

    

Highlanders

Chiefs

    

Crusaders

Hurricanes

    

Hurricanes

Chiefs

    

Crusaders

Blues

     

Chiefs

Highlanders

      

Hurricanes

Crusaders

     

Highlanders

Blues

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v


Chiefs

Hurricanes

   

Blues

Crusaders

    

Highlanders

Chiefs

   

Crusaders

Hurricanes

   

Blues

Highlanders

   

Blues

Highlanders

   

Hurricanes

Chiefs

  

Crusaders

Blues

  

Chiefs

Highlanders

  

Hurricanes

Crusaders

Dunedin

Auckland

      

Hamilton

Wellington

     

Auckland

Christchurch

  

Dunedin

Hamilton

  

Christchurch

Wellington

  

Wellington

Hamilton

  

Christchurch

Auckland

  

Hamilton

Dunedin

  

Wellington

Christchurch

  

Dunedin

Auckland

28

30

  

12

25

  

27

18

  

20

18

  

26

17

  

29

31

  

32

21

  

19

21

  

31

32

  

 38

0

27

20

  

24

39

  

24

13

  

40

25

  

15

11

  

27

33

  

34

17

  

32

32

  

18

22

 

 21

0

Due to a re-emergence of COVID-19 in New Zealand, the Blues v Crusaders match was cancelled. The result was recorded as a 0-0 draw.