A year and counting...
On Friday evening in Sydney, just over a year ago, the Tahs thumped the Chiefs 45-25. That was the last victory for an Australian team that season. They won just three out of 26 games against Kiwi opposition it 2016. It could not get worse.
And then it did
Australia have not won a single Super Rugby game against New Zealand in 2017. Not one. The tale of the tape reads 20-zip. The average scoreline between New Zealand and Australian teams this season is 38-17. The Kiwi's have racked up 12 bonus points out of a possible 20 for winning by more than three tries.
Can Australia win a Super Rugby game against New Zealand in 2017?
No. There are five games left to play between Aussies and Kiwis this season. Four of them are in fort New Zealand so it's unlikely the Australians will make a dent in their appalling record. The only home game left is the Force against the Hurricanes in Perth. The Highlanders thrashed the Force 55-6 in Perth recently. Not much hope there either.
The Hurricanes put 11 tries past the Rebels in Round Two
Australian rugby heading further South
The rugby culture in New Zealand is an obsession and simply can't get bigger. While Rugby in Australia could get bigger it won't. Most Australians really don't give a shit about rugby. They have Aussie rules, which they will always be the best at. The recent results will switch the folks down under to any other code but union.
The Bigger Picture
Bigger has been a disaster. Super 18 has diluted the pool and created more miss-matches than ever before. There have been too many games between men and boys. It's not inspiring to watch New Zealand teams beat the hell out of everyone each week. Unless you're a Kiwi.
New Zealand Super Rugby Results vs Australia in 2017
|Sat, 15 Jul 2017||17||Chiefs v Brumbies||Waikato||17:15|
|Fri, 14 Jul 2017||17||Highlanders v Reds||Dunedin||19:35|
|Sat, 03 Jun 2017||15||Hurricanes v Force||Perth||19:55|
|Sat, 03 Jun 2017||15||Chiefs v Waratahs||Waikato||17:05|
|Fri, 02 Jun 2017||15||Blues v Reds||Auckland||19:35|
|Sat, 27 May 2017||14||Crusaders v Rebels||41-19||6:3||Melbourne||19:45||W|
|Sat, 27 May 2017||14||Highlanders v Waratahs||44-28||6:4||Dunedin||19:35||W|
|Sat, 20 May 2017||13||Highlanders v Force||55-6||8:0||Perth||17:45||W|
|Sat, 06 May 2017||11||Blues v Waratahs||40-33||4:5||Sydney||19:45||W|
|Sat, 06 May 2017||11||Chiefs v Reds||46-17||6:3||New Plymouth||19:35||W|
|Sun, 30 Apr 2017||10||Blues v Brumbies||18-12||3:0||Canberra||16:05||W|
|Sat, 22 Apr 2017||9||Chiefs v Force||16-7||1:1||Perth||19:55||W|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017||9||Hurricanes v Brumbies||56-21||8:3||Napier||19:35||W|
|Fri, 07 Apr 2017||7||Hurricanes v Waratahs||38-28||6:4||Wellington||19:35||W|
|Fri, 31 Mar 2017||6||Highlanders v Rebels||51-12||6:2||Dunedin||19:35||W|
|Sun, 02 Apr 2017||6||Crusaders v Waratahs||41-22||6:3||Sydney||16:05||W|
|Sat, 01 Apr 2017||6||Hurricanes v Reds||34-15||5:2||Brisbane||18:45||W|
|Sat, 01 Apr 2017||6||Blues v Force||24-15||4:2||Auckland||17:15||W|
|Sat, 25 Mar 2017||5||Highlanders v Brumbies||18-13||2:1||Canberra||19:45||W|
|Fri, 24 Mar 2017||5||Crusaders v Force||45-17||7:2||Christchurch||19:35||W|
|Fri, 17 Mar 2017||4||Chiefs v Rebels||27-14||4:1||Melbourne||19:45||W|
|Sat, 11 Mar 2017||3||Crusaders v Reds||22-20||3:2||Brisbane||18:45||W|
|Sat, 04 Mar 2017||2||Hurricanes v Rebels||71-6||11:0||Wellington||17:15||W|
|Sat, 25 Feb 2017||1||Crusaders v Brumbies||17-13||3:1||Christchurch||19:35||W|
|Thu, 23 Feb 2017||1||Blues v Rebels||56-18||7:2||Melbourne||19:45||W|
Winning, winning, winning
We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’ And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning.'"