Super Rugby is back with the completion of Round 15 with a South African smorgasbord. All six South African teams will take to the field this weekend, with two local derbies and two more games featuring the Jaguares and Sunwolves.
A local derby is always exciting, and the South African Super Rugby contingent are no exception with some scintillating scores being posted already in season 2017.
In fact, there have been 825 points scored already from just 15 South African derbies in 2017, which evens out to an average of 55 per game. That’s an increase of six points per game on the previous two seasons and an increase of two converted tries worth of points from the 2013 campaign.
Despite the explosion of points scored, it hasn’t been at the loss of exciting, tight encounters. More than a third of South African derbies this season have seen the losing team pick up a bonus point, the same total amount that last year’s campaign saw.
This season has also seen four of the 15 South African derbies won by the team trailling at the half-time break, a figure which has not been bested in any of the last seven Super Rugby campaigns.
No player has been as lethal against fellow South African sides in derbies as Dillyn Leyds, who has crossed for five tries for the Stormers against South African opposition this season including a brace of tries against this week’s opposition, the Cheetahs.
Jacobus Van Wyk and Malcolm Marx are the only other two players to have scored more than two tries in South African derbies this season with a total list of 24 players having scored more than once.
Two of the six remaining South African derbies for the Super Rugby regular season get underway this weekend with each of the six sides looking to entertain and grab crucial competition points in the process.