Super Rugby Australia 2021

In 2021, with continuing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, Rugby Australia held a 2nd year of the Super Rugby Australia competition. It followed the same format as the previous year with the 4 Super Rugby teams and the Western Force team.

Under the guidelines in place at the time only limited numbers of spectators were allowed into the stadiums on match day.

At the end of the regular games the top 3 teams progressed to play-off games. The 2nd placed team played the 3rd placed team, with the winner progressing further to play the top team in the final.

In 2021, the competition will carry over most of the new rules from 2020. There will be a new restart rule and a tweak to the golden point rule.

A free kick will be awarded following any infringement off the kickoff and restart. This includes an enforced 30 second time limit for restarts to happen following a conversion, penalty or drop goal as well as restarts that are kicked out on the full or if teammates of the kicker are not behind the ball.

The team that was set to receive the ball will get a tap from halfway. This law has been introduced to quicken up general game play and reduce unnecessary scrums.

A law introduced last year has also been tweaked for season 2021, with a drawn match now to be decided by ‘Golden Try’ in extra time. The first try scored in the 10-minute extra time (2 x 5 minute halves) will win the match for that team. If a penalty or drop goal is successful within extra time, the game will continue until either a try is scored, or the 10-minute period expires. This update is to encourage attacking play in the extra time period.

Match officials have also been briefed to police the breakdown, including the ruck speed whereby players must play the ball within the five seconds of it being made available. Referees are also encouraged to limit the number of scrum resets while urged to penalise cynical and repeated infringements to speed up play.


    

Australia Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Brumbies 2 2 88 21 1 9
Reds 2 2 64 28 1 9
Melbourne Rebels 1 1 21 23 1 1
Western Force 1 1 11 27 0
Waratahs 2 2 17 102 0


Super Rugby Australia 2021 Fixtures

February 19

  

  

February 26

February 27

  

March 5

March 6

  

March 12

March 13

  

March 19

March 20

  

March 26

March 27

   

April 2

April 3

   

April 9

April 10

   

April 16

April 17

   

April 23

April 24

   

Semi-Final

May 1

  

Final

May 8

Reds

Western Force

   

Reds

Brumbies

  

Waratahs

Melbourne Rebels

   

Western Force

Brumbies

  

Melbourne Rebels

Reds

  

Brumbies

Waratahs

   

Waratahs

Melbourne Rebels

  

Melbourne Rebels

Reds

  

Brumbies

Western Force

  

Western Force

Waratahs

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

  

v

v

 

v

v

 

v

v

 

 

v

 

 

v

Waratahs

Brumbies

    

Melbourne Rebels

Waratahs

  

Western Force

Brumbies

  

Melbourne Rebels

Reds

  

Waratahs

Western Force

   

Western Force

Reds

   

Brumbies

Reds

  

Western Force

Brumbies

  

Melbourne Rebels

Waratahs

   

Reds

Melbourne Rebels

Brisbane

Perth

   

Brisbane

Canberra

  

Parramatta

Melbourne

  

Perth

Canberra

  

Melbourne

Brisbane

  

Canberra

Sydney

   

Sydney

Melbourne

  

Melbourne

Brisbane

  

Canberra

Perth

   

Perth

Parramatta

41

11

  

23

61

7

27

  

21

10