The 2013 Super 15 tournament kicks off on the 15th of February in Melbourne. This year’s tournament promises to be one of the best. 15 rugby teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia will be battling it out on the field for a chance to play in the Super 15 final on the 3rd of August.
The Southern Kings will be playing the Super 15 tournament for the first time in South African rugby history. The Kings’ catchment area is mainly the Eastern Cape and parts of the Western Cape. They draw players from the Eastern Province Kings (based in Port Elizabeth), the Border Bulldogs (based in East London), and the SWD Eagles (based in George). The Southern Kings will replace the Gauteng based Lions in this year’s Super 15.
The 4 other South African teams who will be competing in this year’s competition are the Bulls, Sharks, Stormers and Cheetahs. The Sharks will be looking to improve on their dismal performance in the 2012 Super 15 final, the Bulls will be chasing their fourth Super Rugby title in history, the Stormers will be trying their best to reach another Super 15 final and the Cheetahs will be looking to improve on their previous Super rugby performances this year.
The Chiefs are the current Super 15 champions and they’ll be trying their best to retain their title this year. The other four teams from New Zealand that you should not write off are the Blues, Highlanders, Hurricanes and the Crusaders.
The Reds finished in the top position on the Australian Conference log for the 2012 Super 15 and will be looking to improve on their performance last year. The four other Australian teams that will play in the 2013 Super 15 are the Brumbies, Force, Rebels and the Waratahs. All of these teams can be quite unpredictable at times and should not be underestimated.
Over the last few years the Super 15 teams have embraced the digital age. Did you know that you can follow your favorite South African teams on Twitter for regular updates about them?
Follow @BlueBullsRugby (if you’re a Bulls supporter), @TheSharksZA (if you’re a Sharks supporter), @THESTORMERS (if you’re a Stormers supporter) or @CheetahsRugby (if you’re a Cheetahs supporter). You can also follow @RugbyFifteen for live score updates on Twitter (in case you may be missing one or two of the matches on television).
The first match of the tournament will be played between the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force on the 15th of February. The South African teams play their first matches on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2013. The Bulls will take on the Stormers at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria on the Friday and the Sharks will take on the Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on the Saturday.
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