With 10 days to go until the Super Round Melbourne presented by Fiji Airways kicks off, check out our list of 10 things to look forward to in Melbourne.
Trans-Tasman rivalry back on
Melbourne’s Super Round will see New Zealand and Australian sides square off for the first time in 2022. With the Trans-Tasman borders now open and free of covid-disruptions, Kiwi and Aussie foes will go head-to-head for the remainder of the regular season with spots in the coveted top eight up for grabs.
New rivalries ignite
While the rivalry between New Zealand and Australian sides runs deep into the history of Super Rugby, the Super Round will see the birth of new rivalries with the Blues facing Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika taking on the Western Force for the first time. The Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika have both impressed in their debut seasons and will be looking to make a big splash during the Super Round.
10 DAYS TO GO! Who's pumped for the Super Round Melbourne presented by Fiji Airways?— Super Rugby NZ (@SuperRugbyNZ) April 11, 2022
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History to be made
The Super Round Melbourne presented by Fiji Airways will mark the first time that all 12 teams have played in one location, on one weekend, in the competition’s history. Grab your tickets and be part of history.
One eye on the playoffs
The playoff picture should get a bit clearer following the Super Round. With the top 8 going through to the quarterfinals, those down the bottom of the ladder will be hoping for a win to keep their hopes alive. Teams in the top half of the ladder will be equally desperate to win to help secure an all-important home playoff. With so much on the line, the Super Round is set up to be a cracker.
Tries for Tonga
For every try scored throughout the opening 10 rounds of Super Rugby Pacific, $500 will be donated for the Red Cross Pacific Tsunami Appeal. It’s been raining tries so far with over 200 scored and more than $100,000 raised. Fans will be hoping for a surge of tries in Melbourne to bump that tally up even further when ‘Tries for Tonga’ concludes with the final game of the weekend between the Crusaders and Rebels.
Wright is back on#TriesforTonga #SuperRugbyPacific pic.twitter.com/SVDTlS9zGH— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) April 11, 2022
Fans get loud
With fans from all 12 teams descending on Melbourne, there will be an electric atmosphere at AAMI Park and on the streets of Melbourne. Make sure you get tickets and back your team in the sporting capital of Australia. What better chance for New Zealand rugby fans on the other side of the ditch to get along and cheer on their ‘home’ teams.
Super Rugby Pacific will mark the approaching Anzac Day with at-ground commemorations during the Melbourne Super Round. With New Zealand and Australian teams playing for the first time in 2022 in Melbourne, the commemorations will showcase the brotherhood between the sides who are rivals on the field, but friends off it. It will be the first time a professional sports competition will have a full trans-Tasman rivalry round!
World’s best on display
Where else in the world could you see global superstars like Beauden Barrett, James O’Connor, Richie Mo’unga, Michael Hooper, Pablo Matera and Ardie Savea play alongside rising stars like Vinaya Habosi, Danny Toala, Anton Segner and Izaia Perese…all in one weekend? The Super Round Melbourne presented by Fiji Airways – that’s where!
Super Round, Super Clinic
The next generation of rugby stars will have the chance to be inspired by the ‘Super Round Super Clinic’. Selected players from each Super Rugby Pacific team will be on hand to pass on their tips and advice to Melbourne’s junior rugby players. The clinic takes place between 3pm-5pm on Friday 22 April at the AAMI Park precinct.
Six games in one weekend
Fans can look forward to watching six games in one incredible weekend at AAMI Park. The schedule is:
Friday 22 April:
• Chiefs v Waratahs (6pm AEST)
• Moana Pasifika v Western Force (8.30pm AEST)
Saturday 23 April:
• Blues v Fijian Drua (5.05pm AEST)
• Hurricanes v Queensland Reds (7.45pm AEST)
Sunday 24 April:
• Highlanders v Brumbies (2pm AEST)
• Crusaders v Rebels (4.30pm AEST)
Find out more information and get your tickets HERE.
STANDINGS | It's and in the top two spots on the ladder. Things are shaping up nicely for the SUPER ROUND MELBOURNE presented by Fiji Airways in round 10.#SuperRugbyPacific pic.twitter.com/K8p1Be5QvT— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) April 9, 2022