Australia Super Rugby 2016
The Australian conference was disappointing but suffered from being deliberately targeted by the New Zealanders.... Read the article for more.
With five of the eight playoff places going to teams in Australia and New Zealand, the Kiwi sides worked out the best way to dominate the playoffs was to dominate the Australians. This they did, to an embarrassing level; three wins and a draw from 25 trans-Tasman contests was all the Aussie teams could muster.
The Brumbies made a good start (and gave the Hurricanes a hiding in round one) to take control of the conference from early days, while the Waratahs were slow out of the blocks and really only got going towards the end when they had a run of matches against South African opposition.
This conference was only close because the Brumbies were so limited on attack they collected only three bonus points, and the lack of depth was emphasised by the Rebels finishing a clear third with what was only a moderate team at best.
Even combined the Reds and Force couldn’t match the Rebels’ 31 log points, and both teams were way below standard.