2010 Super 14 season

2010 Super 14
Countries  Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Champions South Africa Bulls (3rd title)
Matches played 94
Attendance 1,836,398 (19,536 per match)
Tries scored 538 (5.72 per match)
Top point scorer(s) South Africa Morné Steyn (263)
Top try scorer(s) New Zealand Josevata Rokocoko (9)
Australia Drew Mitchell (9)
2009 (Previous) (Next) 2011

The 2010 Super 14 season kicked off in February 2010 with pre-season matches held from mid-January. It finished on 29 May. The 2010 season was the fifth and last season of the expanded Super 14 format. The schedule, which covers 3½ months, featured a total of 94 matches, with each team playing one full round-robin against the 13 other teams, two semi-finals and a final. Every team received one bye over the 14 rounds.


Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 South Africa Bulls 131003436345+91747
2 South Africa Stormers 13904365171+194844
3 Australia Waratahs 13904385288+97743
4 New Zealand Crusaders 13814388295+93741
5 Australia Reds 13805366308+58739
6 Australia Brumbies 13805358291+67537
7 New Zealand Blues 13706376333+43937
8 New Zealand Hurricanes 13715358323+35737
9 South Africa Sharks 137062972992533
10 New Zealand Chiefs 1341834041878826
11 South Africa Cheetahs 1351731539378426
12 New Zealand Highlanders 133010297397100719
13 Australia Force 13409258364106319
14 South Africa Lions 13001327058531555


The referees for this tournament come from all 3 of the participating nations. Referees are ranked by Merit and Reserve Panels. They can be promoted or demoted to another panel. At least eighty Percent of the Super 14 games will be refereed by the Merit Panel Referees.

Australian Referees

New Zealand Referees

South African Referees


Round 1

A Super Rugby record was set when the Hurricanes kicked 9 penalty goals in total throughout the match, 5 to Willie Ripia and 4 to Piri Weepu.[2]

Stirling Mortlock became the first player in Super Rugby to score over 1,000 points in this match.

Round 2

This match set several new Super Rugby records including the highest aggregate score in a single match (137 points), highest score by an away side (72) and the most tries scored in a Super Rugby match (18).

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

In this match, Dan Carter became the all-time leading points scorer in Super Rugby history.

Round 10

Round 11

Round 12

As a result of this match, the Stormers became the first South African team to beat every New Zealand based team in the regular Super 12/14 season.

Round 13

Round 14

As a result of this match, the Lion holds the record for most losses in one season, with 13 straight losses. They also became the second team in Super Rugby history to lose all their round robin matches, joining the Bulls side of 2002.




The Final of the 2010 Super 14 season took place on 29 May 2010 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa. The Bulls, based in Pretoria, hosted the Stormers, from Cape Town, in the second all-South African final. The defending champion Bulls won 25–17 to claim their second consecutive title and third in four years.[51] This was the last Super 14 final, as the Melbourne Rebels joined the Super Rugby competition in the 2011 season to create a new Super Rugby competition.

The Bulls' normal home, Loftus Versfeld, was unavailable because it was used as a venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup being held in South Africa beginning 11 June. Under FIFA rules, all World Cup venues must be handed over to the local organisers no later than 15 days before the opening match of the competition. Orlando Stadium was the largest, suitable, stadium in the Bulls' home province of Gauteng that was not being used for the World Cup.

The game was surrounded in controversy after Schalk Burger claimed that the referee Craig Joubert was inconsistent at the breakdowns, "coaching the Bulls, but penalising the Stormers". This sparked an outcry over the handling of the game by Joubert, and internet blogs were buzzing due to the alleged incompetency of Joubert. Andre Watson, the head of South Africa's Rugby Referees, released a statement in which he defended Joubert's performance.[52]

FB 15 Zane Kirchner
RW 14 Gerhard van den Heever
CT 13 Jaco Pretorius
SF 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FF 10 Morné Steyn
HB 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
OF 7 Dewald Potgieter
BF 6 Deon Stegmann
RL 5 Victor Matfield (Cpt)
LL 4 Danie Rossouw
TP 3 Werner Kruger
HK 2 Gary Botha
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
HK 16 Bandise Maku
LP 17 Bees Roux
N8 18 Flip van der Merwe
LF 19 Derick Kuun
HB 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
FF 21 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
RW 22 Pedrie Wannenburg
South Africa Frans Ludeke
FB 15 Joe Pietersen
RW 14 Gio Aplon
CT 13 Jaque Fourie
CT 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Peter Grant
SH 9 Dewaldt Duvenhage
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Francois Louw
BF 6 Schalk Burger (Cpt)
RL 5 Andries Bekker
LL 4 Adriaan Fondse
TP 3 Brok Harris
HK 2 Tiaan Liebenberg
LP 1 Wicus Blaauw
HK 16 Deon Fourie
LP 17 JC Kritzinger
RL 18 Anton van Zyl
LF 19 Pieter Louw
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Willem de Waal
CT 22 Tim Whitehead
South Africa Allister Coetzee

Touch judges:
South Africa Cobus Wessels
South Africa Christie du Preez
Television match official:
South Africa Shaun Veldsman

Player statistics

Leading try scorers

Top try scorers
Pos Name Tries Team
=1 Joe Rokocoko 9New Zealand Blues
=1 Drew Mitchell 9Australia Waratahs
3 Gerhard van den Heever 8South Africa Bulls
=4 Jaque Fourie 7South Africa Stormers
=4 Sean Maitland 7New Zealand Crusaders
=4 Rene Ranger 7New Zealand Blues
=4 Ben Alexander 7Australia Brumbies
=4 David Smith 7New Zealand Hurricanes
=4 Bryan Habana 7South Africa Stormers
=10 Zac Guildford 6New Zealand Crusaders
=10 Alby Mathewson 6New Zealand Blues
=10 Ma'a Nonu 6New Zealand Hurricanes
=10 Lachlan Turner 6Australia Waratahs
=10 Michael Killian 6South Africa Lions
=10 Pierre Spies 6South Africa Bulls
=15 Richard Kahui 5New Zealand Chiefs
=15 Kahn Fotuali'i 5New Zealand Crusaders
=15 Morné Steyn 5South Africa Bulls
=15 Wynand Olivier 5South Africa Bulls
=19 13 Players 4

Leading point scorers

Top 10 overall point scorers
Pos Name Points Team
1 Morné Steyn 263South Africa Bulls
2 Quade Cooper 169Australia Reds
3 Dan Carter 153New Zealand Crusaders
=4 Stephen Brett 141New Zealand Blues
=4 Peter Grant 141South Africa Stormers
6 Matt Giteau 136Australia Brumbies
7 Stephen Donald 126New Zealand Chiefs
8 Naas Olivier 114South Africa Cheetahs
9 Israel Dagg 111New Zealand Highlanders
10 Ruan Pienaar 104South Africa Sharks

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