Want to really know what to think about Super Rugby this year? Look at these numbers and they will tell you everything.
EVERYONE BANGS ON ABOUT VERSATILITY THESE DAYS, SO TO PROVE WE ARE GETTING WITH THE TIMES, WE SHOW HERE THAT WE CAN DO NUMBERS AS WELL AS WORDS. CLEVER US.
THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF POINTS THE HURRICANES SCORED PER MATCH LAST YEAR – WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST IN THE COMPETITION.
The number of sets of brothers playing for New Zealand teams – the Ioanes, Lienert-Browns, McKenzies, Saveas, UmagaJensens, Whitelocks, Barretts and Goodhues.
Number of capped All Blacks in the Crusaders – the highest of any team in NZ.
THE HURRICANES POINTS DIFFERENTIAL LAST YEAR – THE BEST IN HISTORY.
The number of teams with a new coach this year.
The average number of points conceded the Sunwolves conceded per game last year – the highest in the competition.
The age of Highlanders lock Alex Ainley – the oldest contracted player in NZ.
The highest number of points scored by one team in a single game last year – by the Hurricanes against the Rebels.
THE NUMBER OF YEARS SINCE THE BLUES HAVE WON A TITLE.
The height in centimetres of Rory Arnold – believed to be the tallest man in Super Rugby.
Number of tackles Raymond Rhule missed last year – the highest in the competition.
The number of tries Ngani Laumape scored in Super Rugby last year.
THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF POINTS THE CRUSADERS CONCEDED PER GAME LAST YEAR – THE LOWEST IN THE COMPETITION.
The distance in metres of the longest successful goalkick last year. It was nailed by Lionel Cronje of the Kings.
Number of coaches who have won a Super Rugby title as a coach. They are Scott Robertson of the Crusaders, Chris Boyd of the Hurricanes and Jamie Joseph of the Sunwolves to stop you spending the rest of the day trying to figure it out.
NUMBER OF FINALS THE CRUSADERS HAVE PLAYED IN AWAY FROM HOME.
The number of turnovers TJ Perenara won last year. That was the third highest in the competition and he’s a halfback for goodness sake.
THE NUMBER OF PENALTIES CONCEDED BY VETERAN OPENSIDE GEORGE SMITH.
The average distance of the kicks at goal Israel Folau successfully converted. Okay he took one long-range effort and nailed it.
Number of contracted NZ players whose fathers played for the All Blacks – Caleb Clarke, Bryn Gatland, Ethan Blackadder and Jackson Garden-Bachop.
The number of Super Rugby caps with which Wyatt Crockett could end the season.
THE NUMBER OF YEARS SINCE SOUTH AFRICA LAST HAD A CHAMPION.
The number of finals the Crusaders have won away from home.
Number of Canadian internationals playing in Super Rugby. His name is Tyler Ardron.
Number of current coaches who have won Super Rugby as a player. Again...to help you... Aaron Mauger, Scott Robertson, Brad Thorn and Daryl Gibson.
The number of games Australian sides won against New Zealand opposition teams last year.