Midway through the SR season



  • 2019 Standings

    Matches Wins Points
    Crusaders 9 7 34
    Hurricanes 8 5 23
    Blues 8 4 20
    Chiefs 8 3 16
    Highlanders 8 2 14

    2018 Standings halfway through the season

    Here's last years standings at a similar stage (slightly less games played)

    Matches Wins Points
    Crusaders 8 6 29
    Hurricanes 7 6 27
    Chiefs 8 6 26
    Highlanders 7 5 24
    Blues 8 2 12

    No real surprises in the comparison:

    Crusaders about where they were last year
    Hurricanes a bit worse
    Chiefs and Highlanders a few games down on last year
    Blues doubled the wins at the same stage

    In total the Blues won 4 games last year and finished on 22 points. Almost where they are right now.



  • Remaining Matches

    (Home team first, NZ matches in bold)


    Crusaders

    26 Apr Crusaders v Lions
    03 May Crusaders v Sharks
    11 May Bulls v Crusaders
    19 May Stormers v Crusaders
    25 May Crusaders v Blues
    01 Jun Chiefs v Crusaders

    08 Jun Crusaders v Rebels


    Hurricanes

    19 Apr Sunwolves v Hurricanes
    27 Apr Hurricanes v Chiefs
    04 May Hurricanes v Rebels
    10 May Blues v Hurricanes
    17 May Hurricanes v Jaguares
    02 Jun Sharks v Hurricanes
    09 Jun Lions v Hurricanes
    15 Jun Hurricanes v Blues


    Blues

    20 Apr Highlanders v Blues
    04 May Brumbies v Blues
    10 May Blues v Hurricanes
    18 May Blues v Chiefs
    25 May Crusaders v Blues

    31 May Blues v Bulls
    07 Jun Reds v Blues
    15 Jun Hurricanes v Blues


    Chiefs

    19 Apr Chiefs v Lions
    27 Apr Hurricanes v Chiefs
    04 May Highlanders v Chiefs

    11 May Chiefs v Sharks
    18 May Blues v Chiefs
    24 May Chiefs v Reds
    01 Jun Chiefs v Crusaders
    14 Jun Rebels v Chiefs


    Highlanders

    20 Apr Highlanders v Blues
    26 Apr Sunwolves v Highlanders
    04 May Highlanders v Chiefs
    11 May Highlanders v Jaguares
    19 May Lions v Highlanders
    26 May Stormers v Highlanders
    07 Jun Highlanders v Bulls
    14 Jun Highlanders v Waratahs



  • So assuming the NZ games are the hardest.. the Highlanders have the best run, the Blues the worst. The Chiefs is not easy either

    The bottom three should be very close. Although, that might depend on how well the Highlanders go in SA



  • Also useful to note that the Chiefs v Crusaders game isn't a real home game for the Chiefs. It will be played in Fiji again.



  • @Duluth thanks for that.

    Brutal run home for the Blues I reckon!



  • Crusaders and Hurricanes both yet to travel to the Republic, so although they've got less derby games they have a bigger travel factor.



  • @Cyclops thankfully the Lions aren't as good as they have been in the last few seasons, will make the trip slightly less daunting.



  • @Canes4life All the saffa sides are all over the shop this year.



  • Also it's worth noting what the cut off for the playoffs was in 2018

    The Sharks squeezed into 8th spot with 36 points (7 wins)



  • @Duluth so the Crusaders should make it then

    Blues could win all bat a couple of their remaining games but just as easily could lose all bar a couple. Which is vast improvement on last year. I think they've actually got a slightly easier run in than the Chiefs apart from the significant difference of the Canes Home and Away.



  • @dogmeat said in Midway through the SR season:

    @Duluth so the Crusaders should make it then

    Blues could win all bat a couple of their remaining games but just as easily could lose all bar a couple. Which is vast improvement on last year. I think they've actually got a slightly easier run in than the Chiefs apart from the significant difference of the Canes Home and Away.

    I think the Canes are a better match-up for the Blues than the Chiefs. Blues have a chance to dominate the Canes at set pieces.


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