Neazors Notes
Jan. 24, 2017

South Africa 1 Super Rugby 2016

South Africa 1 was the group of teams who didn’t play the New Zealand sides, and it was the weakest of the lot.... Read the article for more.

Even before the season started the Cheetahs and Sunwolves were expected to be cannon-fodder and so it proved, while the Stormers and Bulls both had significant injury concerns. Both lost their first-choice first-five; Handre Pollard, who was by some margin the best player in any of the teams, damaged his knee before the season started and the Stormers went through about four 10s in the first month.

There was little to get excited about in any matches played by teams in this group; skill levels were way below what should be expected of Super rugby players and few coaches had any idea about how to turn potential points into the real thing as game plans were things only other, better teams had.

You had to feel for the Sunwolves; their isolation meant the team made 17 flights of seven hours or more and they had to play three games in Singapore to suit the South Africans, while the Top League clubs took no interest in their situation.

As it turned out the Stormers won the section and made the playoffs, only to get thrashed by the Chiefs in the quarter-final.