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VODACOM SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked was a unique competition that kicked off in South Africa when the local season resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020. The four existing Vodacom Super Rugby teams – Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers – were joined by the Toyota Cheetahs, Phakisa Pumas and Tafel Lager Griquas, and after all the matches were completed, the Vodacom Bulls topped the log to take home the trophy.

The history

Vodacom Super Rugby started as the Super 12 in the 1996 season with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Super 12 was established by SANZAAR after the sport became professional in 1995. The competition was built on Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to the South Pacific Championship in 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations. The name was changed to Super 14 with the addition of two teams for the 2006 season, the Toyota Cheetahs and Western Force. With expansion to 15 teams in the three countries for the 2011 season, when the Melbourne Rebels joined the fray, the competition was rebranded as Vodacom Super Rugby (with no number). In 2016 three further teams, the Southern Kings from South Africa, Jaguares from Argentina and Sunwolves from Japan, joined the competition, playing in a new four-conference system, but in 2019 it was back to 15 teams as the Kings, Cheetahs and Force dropped out.

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked 2020 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Vodacom Bulls
6 5 1 0 178 92 86 21 9 23
2
DHL Stormers
6 4 1 1 140 112 28 17 12 19
3
Cell C Sharks
6 4 1 1 128 122 6 13 14 19
4
Toyota Cheetahs
6 3 2 1 126 106 20 15 9 17
5
Emirates Lions
6 1 3 2 119 103 16 15 10 12
6
New Nation Pumas
6 1 4 1 119 179 -60 15 25 7
7
Tafel Lager Griquas
6 0 6 0 123 219 -96 12 29 3

TOP SCORERS
There are currently no fixtures available.

Results

21 Nov|Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

0 - 0

DHL Stormers

21 Nov|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

28 - 9

Tafel Lager Griquas

21 Nov|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

21 - 5

New Nation Pumas

14 Nov|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

30 - 13

Toyota Cheetahs

Tournaments

News

Snyman’s return massive for Munster, and the Boks

The return to the playing field of Springbok lock RG Snyman may have been a footnote in Munster's 42-17 Vodacom United Rugby Championship opening win over the Cell C Sharks on Saturday, but for more reasons than one it was massive.

Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Rude awakening for SA sides in Europe

The four South African sides in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship were given a baptism of fire on the opening weekend of the new competition, with only the Emirates Lions getting a victory in the Northern Hemisphere.

Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Benetton comeback stuns Stormers in Treviso

Benetton scored 15 unanswered points in the final quarter to win their Vodacom United Rugby Championship season opener against the DHL Stormers by 22-18 in Treviso on Saturday.

Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Leinster overpower Bulls in Vodacom URC opener

Irish powerhouse Leinster gave the Vodacom Bulls a proper welcome to Northern Hemisphere rugby when they won their Vodacom United Rugby Championship opener convincingly by 31-3 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Six-try Munster too strong for the Sharks

Simon Zebo and Gavin Coombes scored two tries apiece as Munster started their Vodacom United Rugby Championship campaign with an emphatic 42-17 victory over the Cell C Sharks in Limerick on Saturday.