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0-8: Gatland's winless Aotearoa a worry for Lions?

Warren Gatland's first season in charge of the Chiefs ended far from the way he had planned, but he expects the team will be better for the experience next year under his temporary replacement, Clayton McMillan.

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16dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R7: Canes the new kings of Christchurch

We have ourselves a competition. The Hurricanes' upset of the Crusaders has set up a thrilling conclusion to Super Rugby Aotearoa, just as the battle for All Blacks spots is also really starting to hot up.

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Blues defence sends Chiefs to seventh successive defeat

The Blues got back on the winning path as they sent the Chiefs crashing to an unwanted record with a 21-17 victory in a defensively focussed Super Rugby Aotearoa clash at Eden Park.

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23dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R6: Ngani Laumape makes powerhouse point

Round 6 of Super Rugby Aotearoa produced two further gripping encounters, but it was the performance of Ngani Laumape that left a significant impact on several Blues players and certainly should silence some "disrespectful" critics.

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Tomkinson last gasp try seals comeback win

Sio Tomkinson scored a try after the final siren as the Otago Highlanders rallied from an early 24-0 deficit and produced a storming second half to beat the Waikato Chiefs 33-31.

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Super Rugby Aotearoa matches a bit like 'rugby league'

Stricter interpretations around the tackle in Super Rugby Aotearoa are allowing sides to ignore contesting the breakdown and fan out across the field making defences more like rugby league, Chiefs assistant Roger Randle has said.

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38dReuters

Hurricanes fight off red card to beat Chiefs

The Hurricanes virtually ended the Chiefs' Super Rugby Aotearoa title ambitions with a 25-18 victory, despite playing most of the second half with 14 men.

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37dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R4: The Crusaders can make you look very silly

Just how good do you have to be to beat the Crusaders right now? Well you have to take every opportunity that comes your way for a start. Meanwhile, something is just not quite right with the Chiefs.

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44dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.

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51dSam Bruce

Is this the next great All Blacks No. 8?

Super Rugby Aotearoa again produced a heap of penalties as players continue to adapt to a greater focus on the game's laws at the breakdown. But the Blues are two from two, and their big No. 8 continues to impress right across the paddock.

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Barrett gives Blues breathing room to beat Chiefs

Beauden Barrett sparked a final quarter resurgence by the Blues that carried them to a 24-12 win over the Chiefs in New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition on Saturday.

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56dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman comp has support of All Blacks great

Australia's Super Rugby chief executives have been invited to be part of a conference call with their New Zealand counterparts as All Blacks great Justin Marshall says both nations need each other moving forward.

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58dLiam Napier

Super Rugby Aotearoa reignites Kiwis' love of rugby

Penalties might have flowed freely, but that did little to diminish Super Rugby Aotearoa's opening weekend, the competition reaping the rewards as the public fell for the national sport again, Liam Napier writes.

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Gatland drop goal gives Highlanders win

Bryn Gatland slotted a 79th minute drop goal to give the Highlanders a 28-27 victory over the Chiefs as professional rugby union resumed after a three-month COVID-19 shutdown.

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61dSam Bruce

NZ Rugby embraces 'autonomy, innovation' as rugby's first returners

New Zealand Rugby is the beneficiary of the nation's outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick-off this weekend. The first rugby competition to return across the globe, it will look a little bit different.

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61dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 10-1

The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition. Introducing the top 10.

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36dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 20-11

The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition.

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64dSam Bruce

Rugby is back! Breaking down Super Rugby Aotearoa

Super Rugby Aotearoa will be the first professional rugby competition to take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With returning superstars, shock personnel additions and new laws, it's set to be one helluva tournament.

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33dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R5: Line-ups, odds, analysis

Five rounds in and we have two clear contenders for the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa title and a mouthwatering match up to highlight the mid-season point.

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19dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R7: Line-ups, odds, analysis

With just three rounds remaining, the race for the top spot is heating up with at least three teams still in the hunt for the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa title.

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47dESPN Staff

Super Rugby Aotearoa Rd 3: Line-ups, odds, tips

Round three of Super Rugby Aotearoa promises plenty of action with the Blues returning to Eden Park to take on the winless Highlanders in front of a packed out stadium, while the Crusaders will play their first game at home against the Chiefs.

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26dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R6: Line-ups, odds, analysis

After five exciting rounds we now enter return fixtures with the Hurricanes playing host to the Blues and the Highlanders taking on the Chiefs in Hamilton.

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40dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R4: Line-ups, odds, analysis

Four weeks in and two teams remain unbeaten as we close in on the halfway mark. While the Hurricanes are all but out of title contention, the four remaining sides have time to move their way to the top of the ladder.

2020 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • CHIEF3rd
    Tries Scored 1st Queensland Reds : 32 Tries Scored
    REDS1st
    27
    32
  • CHIEF3rd
    Points Difference 1st Brumbies : 93 Points Difference
    BRUMB1st
    66
    93