Super Rugby Education: Tries Define Success

In many sports, it is defence that will sustain success for a season or longer. Defence is the foundation of which success is built.

The ability to create points – on the gridiron, on a Rugby League field, on the basketball court – can come and go but the thinking is that defence can overcome execution with effort and effort should always be maximised.


Offence over Defence

While it is an important indicator in Super Rugby, it is not the primary driver of success. Teams with middling defences can reign supreme. The most important indicator when it comes to determining who will play off in the Super Rugby final is tries scored.

Over the last 12 seasons, 10 winners have ranked in the top three in tries scored during their title-winning season. Five finished the year as the top try scoring team. No champion has ranked lower than fifth in try scoring over the last 12 seasons.

Of the last 24 finalists, 15 have finished ranked in the Top 3 while just three have ranked outside of the Top 5.


The most valuable position in Rugby

This certainly goes against much common thinking that the most important player in a rugby team is the goalkicker. The ability to create and score tries is far more important. Tries are more important than goals. It should be logical but it certainly goes against a lot of popular thinking in rugby.


The Road to Consistent Profit

This leads to futures betting opportunities preseason and throughout the year. Bettors should look at teams with the requisite attacking flair to threaten when analysing teams prospects before the season starts. And looking at how many tries a team is scoring should present some excellent futures opportunities throughout the season, particularly after six-to-eight weeks tick over.


Historical Overview

 ChampionRunner-up
2017Crusaders (2)Lions (3)
2016Hurricanes (4)Lions (2)
2015Highlanders (3)Hurricanes (1)
2014Waratahs (1)Crusaders (7)
2013Chiefs (1)Brumbies (5)
2012Chiefs (3)Sharks (5)
2011Reds (3)Crusaders (2)
2010Bulls (1)Stormers (9)
2009Bulls (5)Chiefs (3)
2008Crusaders (1)Waratahs (8)
2007Bulls (2)Sharks (4)
2006Crusaders (1)Hurricanes (5)

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