Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021

In 2021 the Super Rugby season was again affected by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand continued the format that had been used the previous year and played a local season among the 5 Super Rugby teams.

Teams would play each other twice, home and away, but in 2021 there would be a final played between the top 2 teams at the end of the round-robin matches.

There were a couple of new rules introduced for the 2021 season.

A captain’s referral will see each captain given one opportunity per match to ask the referee to have the Television Match Official (TMO) check for an infringement in the lead up to a try, or to review foul play.

  • Captains will have 10 seconds to make their referral after a try has been awarded.
  • The TMO will be able to go back to the last stoppage in play, regardless of how many phases have been played.
  • Foul play referrals can be made after any stoppage in play if the captain believes foul play has been missed by the match officials.
  • Captain’s must reference ‘specific’ incidents or infringements.
  • Footage must be ‘clear and obvious’ for a referral to be upheld.
  • The scrum and lineout are not included in the referral process.
  • If the referring captain is correct, they will retain their referral, but if the referee’s original decision stands, or the TMO footage is not ‘clear and obvious’, the captain loses their referral.

A goal line drop-out will occur when an attacking player carrying the ball is held up in the in-goal or knocks the ball on in the in-goal area, or when an attacking kick, other than a penalty or drop goal attempt, is grounded by the defending team in their in-goal area.

The new rules from 2020 relating to golden point and red card replacements will remain in place.

    

Americas Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Crusaders 8 6 2 237 165 4 28
Chiefs 8 5 3 187 230 20
Blues 8 4 4 210 191 4 20
Highlanders 8 3 5 201 226 2 14
Hurricanes 8 2 6 200 223 4 12

The Chiefs finish above the Blues by virtue of winning more games.


Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 Fixtures

February 26

February 27

  

March 5

March 7

  

March 13

March 14

  

March 20

March 21

  

March 26

March 27

   

April 2

April 3

  

April 10

April 11

  

April 16

April 17

  

April 23

April 25

  

April 30

May 1

    

Final 

May 8

Highlanders

Hurricanes

  

Chiefs

Crusaders

  

Crusaders

Blues

  

Hurricanes

Blues

   

Highlanders

Chiefs

  

Crusaders

Blues

  

Highlanders

Hurricanes

  

Highlanders

Chiefs

  

Chiefs

Crusaders

  

Hurricanes

Blues

   

   

Crusaders

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

 

v


Crusaders

Blues

  

Highlanders

Hurricanes

  

Chiefs

Highlanders

  

Chiefs

Crusaders

  

Hurricanes 

Blues

  

Highlanders

Hurricanes

  

Chiefs

Crusaders

   

Blues

Crusaders

  

Hurricanes

Blues

  

Highlanders

Chiefs

   

   

Chiefs

Dunedin

Wellington

  

Hamilton

Christchurch

  

Christchurch

Auckland


Wellington

Auckland


Dunedin

Hamilton

  

Christchurch

Auckland

  

Dunedin

Wellington

  

Dunedin

Hamilton


Hamilton

Christchurch

   

Wellington

Auckland

   

   

Christchurch

13

16

  

23

33

  

39

39

  

29

27

  

19

15

 

12

27

  

23

27

 

35

26

 

26

29

  

41

39

  

  

24

26

31

  

39

16

  

17

17

  

35

43

  

30

12

 

33

17

  

26

30

 

29

25

  

24

6

  

22

19

  

  

13