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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:49 pm

Round 1

The 2007 Super 14 started in contrast to that of 2006. The game of the week was the Blues from Auckland beating the defending champions the Crusaders, which was the first loss to a New Zealand side that the Crusaders had suffered since May 2004 and was ironically the Blues' first win over a New Zealand team for two years. The other upset was 2006 Finalists the Hurricanes losing to last years 12th placed Queensland Reds.

2 February 2007 Blues New Zealand 34–25 New Zealand Crusaders Eden Park, Auckland
2 February 2007 Western Force Australia 7–8 New Zealand Highlanders Subiaco Oval, Perth
2 February 2007 Lions South Africa 16–25 Australia Waratahs Ellis Park, Johannesburg
3 February 2007 Chiefs New Zealand 15–21 Australia Brumbies Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
3 February 2007 Reds Australia 25–16 New Zealand Hurricanes Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
3 February 2007 Sharks South Africa 17–3 South Africa Bulls Kings Park Stadium, Durban
3 February 2007 Cheetahs South Africa 27–9 South Africa Stormers Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
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Round 2

Week two saw the New Zealand teams have a strong week with the Hurricanes, Crusaders, Blues notching wins. Western Force began to show vast improvement from 2006 winning only their second match since entering the competition in 2006. Apart from the Force all other Australian teams suffered a loss.

9 February 2007 Chiefs New Zealand 32–39 New Zealand Hurricanes Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
9 February 2007 Stormers South Africa 3–22 Australia Western Force Newlands, Cape Town
9 February 2007 Sharks South Africa 22–9 Australia Waratahs Kings Park Stadium, Durban
10 February 2007 Crusaders New Zealand 33–22 Australia Reds Jade Stadium, Christchurch
10 February 2007 Brumbies Australia 15–17 New Zealand Blues Canberra Stadium, Canberra
10 February 2007 Bulls South Africa 24–20 South Africa Cheetahs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
10 February 2007 Lions South Africa 11–6 New Zealand Highlanders Ellis Park, Johannesburg
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Round 3

In week three a Super rugby record was broken, although not one to be proud of. The Reds and Brumbies played in the lowest scoring match ever, a dire affair that resulted in a Brumbies win 6–3. The 22 All Blacks missing from New Zealand teams started to have a visible effect on the kiwi sides with only the Hurricanes claiming a tight win over the Blues. Another relatively low scoring match saw even the last years powerhouse champions the Crusaders beaten by last years 13th placed Lions, it was the first match in six years the Crusaders hadn't scored a single try.

16 February 2007 Stormers South Africa 21–16 New Zealand Chiefs Newlands, Cape Town
16 February 2007 Bulls South Africa 27–30 Australia Western Force Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
17 February 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 23–22 New Zealand Blues Westpac Stadium, Wellington
17 February 2007 Reds Australia 3 – 6 * Australia Brumbies Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
17 February 2007 Cheetahs South Africa 30–26 Australia Waratahs ABSA Park, Kimberley
17 February 2007 Lions South Africa 9–3 New Zealand Crusaders Ellis Park, Johannesburg
17 February 2007 Sharks South Africa 23–16 New Zealand Highlanders ABSA Stadium, Durban
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:38 pm

Round 4

Week Four saw the Brumbies lose their second game by conceding a try in the final seconds to the Hurricanes (the first was to the Blues in Week Two). The Blues convincinly put away the Queensland Reds while the Force surrendered in the final seconds to the Lions leaving them yet to win a home game. The Bulls beat the Chiefs while the Crusaders began the show the form that they have displayed in past years by beating the Cheetahs 49–28.

23 February 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 11–10 Australia Brumbies Westpac Stadium, Wellington
24 February 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 35–24 South Africa Stormers Carisbrook, Dunedin
24 February 2007 Blues New Zealand 38–13 Australia Reds Eden Park, Auckland
24 February 2007 Western Force Australia 24–25 South Africa Lions Subiaco Oval, Perth
24 February 2007 Bulls South Africa 30–27 New Zealand Chiefs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
24 February 2007 Cheetahs South Africa 28–49 New Zealand Crusaders Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:39 pm

Round 5

Week 5 saw the Blues defeat the Highlanders, the Chiefs drew with the Cheetahs in the final moments of the game, the Hurricanes lost at | home to bottom placed Stormers and the Crusaders suffered their 3rd defeat of the season losing in the final minute because of a blunder by Rico Gear. The Brumbies also suffered a loss at | home to the Bulls whereas the controversial game of the round saw the Waratahs draw with the Western Force because of a blunder by Waratahs utility back Sam Norton-Knight who decide to run with the ball in the final minute instead of taking the penalty shot which could have won them the game and for his mistake Lote Tuqiri shoved him and walked off the pitch looking very disappointed.

2 March 2007 Blues New Zealand 28–9 New Zealand Highlanders Eden Park, Auckland
2 March 2007 Waratahs Australia 16–16 Australia Western Force Aussie Stadium, Sydney
2 March 2007 Cheetahs South Africa 22–22 New Zealand Chiefs Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
3 March 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 17–30 South Africa Stormers FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
3 March 2007 Brumbies Australia 7–19 South Africa Bulls Canberra Stadium, Canberra
3 March 2007 Reds Australia 20–26 South Africa Lions Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
3 March 2007 Sharks South Africa 27–26 New Zealand Crusaders ABSA Stadium, Durban
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:40 pm

Round 6

Week 6 saw the Reds travel to the "House of Pain" to play the Highlanders. Recent signing Andrew Walker was rushed into the starting team, however the Reds lost 17–33. The next game saw the Brumbies looking to rectify a three-game losing streak at their home ground. They did so with a convincing 26–13 win against the Stormers. The Force were also looking to end a | home ground hoodoo against the Hurricanes. Seeking their first ever victory at Subiaco the Force looked to have squandered an 11–10 lead upon conceding a try with two minutes left to put the score at 17–11. However a try on the sideline and followed by an unlikely conversion by Force wing Cameron Shepherd gave the Force a maiden | home victory. The next day opened with the Blues thrashing an in-form Lions outfit 41–14. The game saw Doug Howlett score two tries and in doing so becoming the equal highest try scorer in Super Rugby history (with Joe Roff of the Brumbies). The Waratahs then played a | home game against the Bulls – who won 32–19 thanks to two tries apiece to Bryan Habana and Fourie du Preez.

9 March 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 33–17 Australia Reds Carisbrook, Dunedin
9 March 2007 Brumbies Australia 26–13 South Africa Stormers Canberra Stadium, Canberra
9 March 2007 Western Force Australia 18–17 New Zealand Hurricanes Subiaco Oval, Perth
10 March 2007 Blues New Zealand 41–14 South Africa Lions Eden Park, Auckland
9 March 2007 Waratahs Australia 19–32 South Africa Bulls Aussie Stadium, Sydney
9 March 2007 Cheetahs South Africa 14–30 South Africa Sharks Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
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Round 7

The Chiefs put on a convincing win against the Lions to start week seven. This was followed later that evening with the Force easily putting away the bottom of the table Reds in Perth. The Crusaders began to show their regular form with a win against the Bulls and the Waratahs season slumped to a new low with a home loss at the hands of the Stormers. The Cheetahs pulled off an unexpected win against the Brumbies and the undefeated Sharks continued their streak – beating the Hurricanes.

16 March 2007 Chiefs New Zealand 34–7 South Africa Lions Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
16 March 2007 Western Force Australia 38–3 Australia Reds Subiaco Oval, Perth
17 March 2007 Crusaders New Zealand 32–10 South Africa Bulls Jade Stadium, Christchurch
17 March 2007 Waratahs Australia 10–16 South Africa Stormers Aussie Stadium, Sydney
17 March 2007 Cheetahs South Africa 38–20 Australia Brumbies Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
17 March 2007 Sharks South Africa 27–14 New Zealand Hurricanes Absa Stadium, Durban
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:43 pm

Round 8

The Waratahs fell to another loss – being convincingly beaten by the Blues in Auckland. The Bulls were not worried about the "House of Pain" moniker of Carisbrook – instead they turned in on the Highlanders to win 22–13. The Crusaders continued their quick ascent up the ladder with a bonus-point win over the Stormers. Queensland slipped to another loss – albeit a close one – against the Chiefs. The Sharks suffered their first loss of the season as the Brumbies recording a big upset at ABSA Stadium. It was also the Brumbies first ever away win against the Sharks. The Lions continued the Hurricanes bad season with an easy win.

23 March 2007 Blues New Zealand 34–6 Australia Waratahs Eden Park, Auckland
24 March 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 13–22 South Africa Bulls Carisbrook, Dunedin
24 March 2007 Crusaders New Zealand 36–11 South Africa Stormers Jade Stadium, Christchurch
24 March 2007 Reds Australia 19–21 New Zealand Chiefs Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
24 March 2007 Sharks South Africa 10–21 Australia Brumbies ABSA Stadium, Durban
24 March 2007 Lions South Africa 30–7 New Zealand Hurricanes Ellis Park, Johannesburg
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:44 pm

Round 9

The Highlanders recorded a home win over the Cheetahs to open the round before the Force subjected the Sharks to their second loss in as many matches in Perth. The Hurricanes pulled off a win over the Bulls and the Blues put in a hard fought win over the Chiefs. The Blues' Doug Howlett took sole possession of the all-| time try scoring lead in Super Rugby during the latter match. The Crusaders pulled away from the Waratahs early in the game before slacking off in the second half and seeing their lead evaporate to 34–28. The Waratahs scored a try late in the game to seemingly secure a win with the kick to come – but Peter Hewat missed a relatively easy kick to hand the Crusaders a 34–33 win. The Brumbies won a second game in South Africa – this time a close encounter against the Lions. A late Julian Huxley try securing a 14–9 win for the Canberra-based side.

30 March 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 21–17 South Africa Cheetahs Rugby Park, Invercargill
30 March 2007 Western Force Australia 22–12 South Africa Sharks Subiaco Oval, Perth
31 March 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 17–9 South Africa Bulls Westpac Stadium, Wellington
31 March 2007 Chiefs New Zealand 11–18 New Zealand Blues Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
31 March 2007 Waratahs Australia 33–34 New Zealand Crusaders Aussie Stadium, Sydney
31 March 2007 Lions South Africa 9–14 Australia Brumbies Ellis Park, Johannesburg
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:46 pm

Round 10

The Blues easily put away the Cheetahs in the sole Good Friday game. The next day saw the Chiefs beat the Highlanders before a startling mountain backdrop in Queenstown. The Crusaders annihilated the Force 53–0. It was the largest score ever conceded by the Force and the largest losing margin – but for the Crusaders it didn't come close to their 96–19 win against the Waratahs in 2002. The Sharks continued the high scoring – putting 57 points on the Reds in Brisbane for a big win. The Stormers upset the Lions 30–8 in Cape Town. In the sole Easter Sunday clash the Waratahs failed to resurrect their season against the Brumbies – going down 36–10 in the interstate grudge match between the rivals. The win put the Brumbies into the top four for the first time in 2007.

6 April 2007 Blues New Zealand 26–8 South Africa Cheetahs Eden Park, Auckland
7 April 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 34–38 New Zealand Chiefs Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
7 April 2007 Crusaders New Zealand 53–0 Australia Western Force Jade Stadium, Christchurch
7 April 2007 Reds Australia 16–59 South Africa Sharks Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
7 April 2007 Stormers South Africa 30–8 South Africa Lions Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
8 April 2007 Brumbies Australia 36–10 Australia Waratahs Canberra Stadium, Canberra
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:47 pm

Round 11

This week saw the Hurricanes take on the Cheetahs and Hosea Gear became the Hurricanes' hero after scoring a 90-metre try in the final moments of the game. It was also the team's fourth try of the game which gave them a bonus point on top of the win. The following day, the Chiefs thrashed the Western Force 64–36, a game which saw a total of 14 tries being scored, nine of which were scored by the Chiefs, with Roy Kinikinilau and Brendan Leonard each getting hat-tricks. The Crusaders then defeated the Highlanders to climb to the top of the table. The Blues lost to the Sharks at home, going down by 7 points, and the Waratahs won only their second game this season, defeating the Reds, who sit at the bottom of the table. In the last match of the week, the Bulls thrashed the Stormers 49–12.

13 April 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 37–15 South Africa Cheetahs Westpac Stadium, Wellington
14 April 2007 Chiefs New Zealand 64–36 Australia Western Force Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
14 April 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 3–38 New Zealand Crusaders Carisbrook, Dunedin
14 April 2007 Blues New Zealand 25–32 South Africa Sharks North Harbour Stadium, Albany
14 April 2007 Waratahs Australia 26–13 Australia Reds Aussie Stadium, Sydney
14 April 2007 Bulls South Africa 49–12 South Africa Stormers Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
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Round 12

The Crusaders defeated the Hurricanes in a thrilling encounter which saw Jerry Collins being stretchered off after injuring his neck in a tackle on Rua Tipoki. The Brumbies defeated the Western Force in an all-Australian derby by just two points and the Reds won their second game of the season defeating the Cheetahs. Ben Tune (who is leaving the club after the season) scored the winning try in that match, but the match of the round saw the Chiefs defeat the Sharks to put themselves in contention for a semi-final spot. The Waratahs lost to the Highlanders by a point after Peter Hewat missed another conversion, and in a South African derby, the Bulls thrashed the Lions 31–7. Finally, the Blues lost their away match to the Stormers, but they remain second in the table nonetheless.

20 April 2007 Crusaders New Zealand 23–13 New Zealand Hurricanes Jade Stadium, Christchurch
20 April 2007 Brumbies Australia 14–12 Australia Western Force Canberra Stadium, Canberra
21 April 2007 Reds Australia 23–13 South Africa Cheetahs Suncorp Stadium, Queensland [show]
21 April 2007 Chiefs New Zealand 35–27 South Africa Sharks Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
21 April 2007 Waratahs Australia 25–26 New Zealand Highlanders Aussie Stadium, Sydney
21 April 2007 Lions South Africa 7–31 South Africa Bulls Ellis Park, Johannesburg
21 April 2007 Stormers South Africa 33–20 New Zealand Blues Newlands, Cape Town
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Round 13

With the semi final week just around the corner, Week 13 saw some close matches including the opener between the Highlanders and the Hurricanes at the cake tin. The score was 22 – 16 to the Hurricanes at 80 minutes but a final minute try to Toby Morland in the corner turned things around. Nick Evans needed to get the kick over to win the game but was unsuccessful allowing the Hurricanes to win the game lucky to not have the same situation when the Hurricanes lost to the Force in week 6. The force continued their up and down season by comfortably beating the cheetahs. The Waratahs narrowly lost going down to the chiefs. The Brumbies pulled an upset win over the Crusaders to keep their semi final hopes alive. The Sharks dominated the lions to make sure they would at least get a home semi final. The Blues lost their third game in a row going down to the Bulls which slimmed the chances of the Blues securing a semi final spot and helped the Bulls secure a semi final spot. The last game of the week saw the stormers easily put away the Reds.

27 April 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 22–21 New Zealand Highlanders Westpac Stadium, Wellington
27 April 2007 Waratahs Australia 23–28 New Zealand Chiefs Aussie Stadium, Sydney
27 April 2007 Western Force Australia 45–17 South Africa Cheetahs Subiaco Oval, Perth
27 April 2007 Bulls South Africa 40–19 New Zealand Blues Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
28 April 2007 Brumbies Australia 15–6 New Zealand Crusaders Canberra Stadium, Canberra
28 April 2007 Sharks South Africa 33–3 South Africa Lions ABSA Stadium, Durban
28 April 2007 Stormers South Africa 37–24 Australia Reds Newlands, Cape Town
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Round 14

This was an exciting week for the two South African contenders the Bulls and the Sharks, both with possibilities of a home semi final. The action-packed weekend started with an upset, the in-form Chiefs beating the Crusaders 30–24 at Jade Stadium. This result gave the Sharks the opportunity to take the top spot if they won in Cape Town. The Blues smashed the Western Force 33–6 to keep their title dreams alive. Later, the Brumbies kept their semi final hopes alive by defeating the tired and weary Highlanders 29–10. Waratahs defeated the Hurricanes away in Wellington 38–14. Cheetahs gave the Lions the South African wooden spoon by beating them 16–10. The first main game of the day was the Stormers vs the Sharks. The Sharks played an efficient and professional game whilst the Stormers played their usual erratic hot and cold game that had seen them beat some good teams during the season, but in the end the Sharks easily claimed a 36–10 victory to be the first South African side to finish at the top of the table at the end of the round-robin stage in the Super 14 competition's history. The last game of the weekend promised to be a huge one for the Bulls, who were chasing a semi final spot. They came up against a feeble Reds team, who after going ahead 3–0 in the beginning, had no idea of the onslaught they were going to receive. The Bulls, who needed a bonus-point win to reach the semifinals, easily achieved this goal a quarter of the way into the "match". Early in the second half they reached the 45-point margin needed to push them up to third place. Then the impossible became possible. If the Bulls went 72 points clear of the Reds, they would leapfrog to second, giving them a home semifinal in the high-altitude cauldron of noise that is Loftus Versfeld. They seemed to reach this goal with little effort against a humiliated Reds side, setting a new Super Rugby record for winning margin of 89 points.

4 May 2007 Crusaders New Zealand 24–30 New Zealand Chiefs Jade Stadium, Christchurch
5 May 2007 Western Force Australia 6–33 New Zealand Blues Subiaco Oval, Perth
5 May 2007 Highlanders New Zealand 10–29 Australia Brumbies Carisbrook, Dunedin
5 May 2007 Hurricanes New Zealand 14–38 Australia Waratahs Westpac Stadium, Wellington
5 May 2007 Lions South Africa 10–16 South Africa Cheetahs Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
5 May 2007 Stormers South Africa 10–36 South Africa Sharks Newlands, Cape Town
5 May 2007 Bulls South Africa 92–3 Australia Reds Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
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Semi finals

12 May 2007 Sharks South Africa 34–18 New Zealand Blues ABSA Stadium, Durban
12 May 2007 Bulls South Africa 27–12 New Zealand Crusaders Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
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Post by rugbysportbox1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:53 pm

Grand final

Main article: 2007 Super 14 Final
The match had four tries – two by each team, and the last of which was scored by Bulls' wing Bryan Habana in the 82nd minute to give his team the trophy. It was the first Super rugby final to be played in South Africa, as well as the first all South African final, and the first final with a South African winner.[26]

19 May 2007 Sharks South Africa 19–20 South Africa Bulls
Tries: JP Pietersen, Albert van den Berg
Pen: Percy Montgomery (3) Tries: Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana
Con: Derick Hougaard (2)
Pen: Derick Hougaard (2)
ABSA Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand
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