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

DateRdMatchScoreTriesVenueTimeRes
Sat, 15 Jul 201717Chiefs v Brumbies  Waikato17:15 
Fri, 14 Jul 201717Highlanders v Reds  Dunedin19:35 
Sat, 03 Jun 201715Hurricanes v Force  Perth19:55 
Sat, 03 Jun 201715Chiefs v Waratahs  Waikato17:05 
Fri, 02 Jun 201715Blues v Reds  Auckland19:35 
Sat, 27 May 201714Crusaders v Rebels41-196:3Melbourne19:45W
Sat, 27 May 201714Highlanders v Waratahs44-286:4Dunedin19:35W
Sat, 20 May 201713Highlanders v Force55-68:0Perth17:45W
Sat, 06 May 201711Blues v Waratahs40-334:5Sydney19:45W
Sat, 06 May 201711Chiefs v Reds46-176:3New Plymouth19:35W
Sun, 30 Apr 201710Blues v Brumbies18-123:0Canberra16:05W
Sat, 22 Apr 20179Chiefs v Force16-71:1Perth19:55W
Fri, 21 Apr 20179Hurricanes v Brumbies56-218:3Napier19:35W
Fri, 07 Apr 20177Hurricanes v Waratahs38-286:4Wellington19:35W
Fri, 31 Mar 20176Highlanders v Rebels51-126:2Dunedin19:35W
Sun, 02 Apr 20176Crusaders v Waratahs41-226:3Sydney16:05W
Sat, 01 Apr 20176Hurricanes v Reds34-155:2Brisbane18:45W
Sat, 01 Apr 20176Blues v Force24-154:2Auckland17:15W
Sat, 25 Mar 20175Highlanders v Brumbies18-132:1Canberra19:45W
Fri, 24 Mar 20175Crusaders v Force45-177:2Christchurch19:35W
Fri, 17 Mar 20174Chiefs v Rebels27-144:1Melbourne19:45W
Sat, 11 Mar 20173Crusaders v Reds22-203:2Brisbane18:45W
Sat, 04 Mar 20172Hurricanes v Rebels71-611:0Wellington17:15W
Sat, 25 Feb 20171Crusaders v Brumbies17-133:1Christchurch19:35W
Thu, 23 Feb 20171Blues v Rebels56-187:2Melbourne19:45W
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