Zero cross-Indian S15 wins

    2014-04-01 11:27
    Rob Horne's Waratahs started their tour with a 32-10 loss to the Sharks (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - To date there have been no wins for teams crossing the Indian Ocean in this year's Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

    Looking at stats from competition, no team - either a South African team playing in Australasia or vice-versa - have managed a victory.

    The Chiefs came closest when they drew 34-all with the Bulls in Pretoria last week, but all 15 other games have yielded wins for the home side.

    While Australian and New Zealand teams have managed away wins over each other, it appears the long distance across the Indian Ocean has taken its toll thus far.

    The two South African teams to have toured abroad - the Cheetahs and Stormers - both returned home having lost all four matches.

    Touring in Super Rugby has always been tough, but not quite like this year.

    According to the FOX Rugby website, statistics up to Round 7 in the last four years of the conference system show more overseas wins.

    There were at least three victories for NZ/Australian sides in South Africa, while South African teams enjoyed at least four victories in Australasia.

    The Chiefs, Crusaders and Waratahs are currently in South Africa for respective matches against the Cheetahs, Lions and Stormers on Saturday.

    Sport24 has a hunch that the record of zero wins for teams crossing the Indian Ocean might well come to an end come Saturday night...

    Australia and New Zealand teams in SA in 2014:

    February 22: Sharks 27-9 Hurricanes
    February 28: Stormers 19-18 Hurricanes
    March 8: Bulls 38-22 Blues
    March 15: Lions 39-36 Blues
    March 15: Sharks 35-20 Reds
    March 22: Lions 23-20 Reds
    March 29: Bulls 34-34 Chiefs
    March 29: Sharks 32-10 Waratahs

    SA teams in Australasia in 2014:

    February 28: Melbourne Rebels 35-14 Cheetahs
    March 7: Reds 43-33 Cheetahs
    March 8: Crusaders 14-13 Stormers
    March 14: Chiefs 36-20 Stormers
    March 15: Hurricanes 60-27 Cheetahs
    March 22: Blues 40-30 Cheetahs
    March 22: Brumbies 25-15 Stormers
    March 29: Reds 22-17 Stormers
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