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Brad Thorn 2001 and 2013

  Brad Thorn’s not short of achievements he can be proud of and on Saturday night, there's another. The great southern man will notch up 100 Investec Super Rugby matches when the Highlanders take on the Sharks at home.  He turned out 92 times for the Crusaders before donning the blue and gold this year. Add that to a remarkable career which includes a Rugby World Cup winner’s medal and one from his brief stint in the UK last year when Leinster won the Heineken Cup.   Check out Brad Thorn’s impressive rugby cv here

He joins Piri Weepu and Chris King as 2013 Centurions. Andy Ellis, who has played 98 games for the Crusaders, stands a good chance of being the next to earn his Centurions' mere.

Important Stuff

Points Tables

Points Tables

Check out the Conference and overall points tables.

Results

Round 11 Results

See the Official Results from Round Eleven, including overall points scorers

Points Scorers

Top Points Scorers

Track the Top New Zealand points and try scorers from Round Eleven.

Referee Appointments

Referees

Check out the referees and match officials for Rounds 9-12.

Check this out!

Who’ll nab the new BNZ Cup?
The BNZ Cup will be awarded to the New Zealand side which comes out on top in local derbies. After 11 rounds the Blues are heading the ladder with 21 points, having bested the Hurricanes (twice),  the Crusaders and Highlanders.  The Chiefs are still in with a shot on 13 points with the scalps of the Blues and Highlanders (twice). Lagging are the Hurricanes (8 points), Crusaders (6) and Highlanders (1). 

Blues on a plate
Fancy dining out with the Blues at SKY CITY next week? The Blues squad will be heading along to the Fortuna Buffet Restaurant on Tuesday May 7 for a great night including heaps of prizes. The team’s giving away a four person pass to one lucky fan.  To go in the draw, get on twitter here and send out the message (winner announced Friday). Tickets can be purchased by emailing SKY CITY. Adults $29.50. Children from $12.50.

Win dinner with the Blues!

Inside word with Ben Smith
He’s Mr Versatile and despite his team’s struggles this year, Ben Smith is still relishing his job at fullback. Check out what makes him tick in the latest episode of Highlanders TV following a skills session at Kings High School (look out for his teammates Chris King and Jarrad Hoeata also putting the schoolboys through their paces).

Ben Smith interview

Chiefs app time
Just out – great new Chiefs app. Stay up to date with the team, all their training and match schedules. Check out the gallery for action photos and videos and write to them on the Fan Wall, link to Facebook & Twitter. Plus all the latest team info, player profiles, match results & stats, points table, Tips & Tricks, stories along with much more. For the iPhone app click here and the android app click here.

Chiefs App

Coming up this weekend

Blues v Stormers
7.35pm, Friday 3 May, North Harbour Stadium, Albany

Teams Head to Head

The Stormers have taken the honours in the last three contests between these two teams, including last year's 27-17 win. You have to go back to 2009 when the Blues last earned a win - 14-8 in Cape Town and to 2008 for their last win over the Stormers at home (17-14 at Eden Park).
However, the Blues still have an edge with eight wins to the Stormers' seven and 409 points (27.3 per game) to the visitors' 363 (24.2).

Compare the two teams  
Rebels v Chiefs
9.40pm, Friday 3 May (NZT), AAMI Park, Melbourne
Teams Head to Head

The Chiefs and the Rebels have met just once in-season in Super Rugby so far: in the Melbourne-based team's maiden season in 2011, the Chiefs were the victors 38-10 in Hamilton. Lelia Masaga scored two tries on that occasion and the Chiefs earned a 4-try bonus point with Sitiveni Sivivatu and Sona Taumalolo also dotting down and Stephen Donald kicking the rest of the points. The Chiefs will be looking for more try scoring success, as the Rebels have conceded almost two tries for every one they've scored so far this season.

Compare the two teams  
Highlanders v The Sharks
7.35pm, Saturday 4 May, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Teams Head to Head

History definitely favours The Sharks, who have earned victory in their last six matches, including their 2012 28-16 win over the Highlanders - you have to go back to 2005's 43-7 triumph in Durban for the last blue-and-gold victory and 2002 for their last win in Dunedin. Overall, though things are closer than they appear: The Sharks have nine wins from their 14 contests - but the Highlanders have scored more points - 341 to 333.

Compare the two teams  
Bulls v Hurricanes
5.10am, Sunday 5 May (NZT), Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Teams Head to Head

These two sides have seven wins each from their 14 contests, but while the Hurricanes have scored more points (376 to the Bulls' 347), the Bulls have won the last three matches. They didn't meet in 2012 and last time they did, the Bulls earned a 26-14 win in Napier.
The Hurricanes last tasted success in Loftus Versfeld in 2008 and it was reasonably comprehensive: a 50-22 win in which they scored seven tries!

Compare the two teams  
Brumbies v Crusaders
6.05pm, Sunday 5 May (NZT), Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Teams Head to Head

They didn't meet in 2012, so both of these sides will be hungry to resume their 19-game rivalry, which includes three Finals (the Crusaders won two; the Brumbies, one). The Crusaders have 11 wins, including a 52-10 triumph in 2011, to the Brumbies' eight and they have a healthy headstart on points as well: the red-and-blacks have scored 529 points (27.8 per game) to their table-topping host's 459 (24.2).

Compare the two teams  
Playoff Contenders
If the round robin had finished after last weekend, this is what the playoffs would look like:
Teams Head to Head Qualifier One: Reds (4th) v Blues (5th) at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Qualifier Two: Bulls (3rd) v Cheetahs (6th) at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Semifinal One: Chiefs (2nd) v Highest ranked Qualifier winner at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Semifinal Two: Brumbies (1st) v Lowest ranked Qualifier winner at Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Get online....

INVESTEC SUPER RUGBY
superrugby.co.nz
facebook.com/superrugbynz
twitter.com/superrugbynz


THE CHIEFS
chiefs.co.nz
facebook.com/ChiefsRugby
twitter.com/@ChiefsRugby

THE CRUSADERS:
crusaders.co.nz

facebook.com/crusadersrugby


THE BLUES

theblues.co.nz facebook.com/theblues twitter.com/BluesRugbyTeam

THE HURRICANES
hurricanes.co.nz
facebook.com/hurricanesrugby
twitter.com/hurricanesrugby
THE HIGHLANDERS
thehighlanders.co.nz
facebook.com/HighlandersFB

twitter.com/highlandersTeam
     
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