AUSTRALIA’S ailing Super Rugby fortunes are greatest summed up by one out of many damning statistics.
No, it’s not the horrendous Zero-25 report of all of the Aussie sides towards their New Zealand opponents, although that’s dangerous sufficient.
It’s the very fact that even Japan’s struggling Sunwolves, who gained simply two video games all yr, have a greater report towards the Kiwis than all the Aussie groups mixed.
The Sunwolves pulled off arguably the upset of the season with a final-round win over the Blues on Saturday.
In the method they gained sufficient factors to maneuver above the beleaguered Melbourne Rebels, who completed with the worst document of any of the 18 groups.
All 5 New Zealand sides completed with extra factors than the Australian conference-winning Brumbies.
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For the primary time within the 22-season period of Super Rugby each Australian aspect misplaced extra video games than they gained.
If there was an general ladder as an alternative of the extensively despised convention tables, it will have proven the Brumbies ending ninth, the Force 12th, the Reds 14th, the Waratahs 16th and the Rebels 18th.
Australian groups have misplaced their final 31 video games towards Kiwi sides stretching again to May final yr, however their document towards different nations this yr has been poor too.
Overall, Australian groups have gained simply 7.5 per cent of their 45 video games towards all abroad groups.
Bring on 2018, it certainly couldn’t be any worse — might it?
AUSTRALIA’S 2017 SUPER RUGBY TALE OF WOE
The document of Australian groups towards sides from different nations
* vs. New Zealand Zero-25
* vs South Africa Four-1-10
* vs. Argentina 2-Three
Overall: Played 45 — gained 6, drawn 1, misplaced 38
Individual workforce data towards different abroad nations
* Brumbies 2-7
* Force 2-7
* Reds 2-7
* Rebels Zero-1-Eight
* Waratahs Zero-9