The 18-team Super Rugby tournament kicked off for the second time after a bustling 2016 campaign and there were points galore amidst a swath of entertaining rugby during the opening round.

For the first time in the history of the competition, there were more than 500 points scored across the opening round. Of course, this is thanks in large part to there being more teams than in every other season with the exception of 2016, though it still plots a marked increase in the trend of points scored straight off the bat in the competition.

The 508 points scored in the opening round of this season was an increase of more than 50 on 2016. Despite the increase in overall points scored, five of the nine games played were decided by single-figure margins. It was the first time since 2012 that more games had been decided by a single figure margin than a double figure margin in the opening round of the tournament.

The surge in points this season can be attributed in large part to the contributions of both the Hurricanes and the Blues, who posted a combined 139 points in the opening round, 27% of the total across the competition. In fact, the Hurricanes and Blues posted the most and fourth most points ever scored in the opening round of a Super Rugby tournament respectively.

The Hurricanes 66-point victory claimed the record for the most points scored in an opening round fixture, eclipsing the 2002 game in which they had conceded 60 points. The result means that the top four positions are held by New Zealand squads, with the Blues one of only two teams in Super Rugby history to have scored 50+ points in an opening round fixture more than once. The Brumbies, who managed the feat in both 2001 against the Crusaders and 2016 against the Hurricanes, are the only other team in the competition to do so.