I tracked the teams in this year’s Super 15 Rugby competition in relation to their 2013 ranking at the end of the regular season.
The 2014 looked like this:
The legend for this approach:
The Waratahs defeated six higher ranked teams from 2013 on their way to topping the ladder in 2014. The Highlanders overcame their lowly finish in 2013 with seven wins against higher ranked teams. The Force and the Hurricanes recorded seven wins over higher ranked teams too.
The Reds and the Cheetahs did not retain their 2013 ranking, losing nine times and eight times respectively to lower ranked teams in 2014.