By: Mazizi Ndzimela | Fri 26 Feb 2016, 08:00
Mirror, mirror on the wall, which 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby jumper is the best of them all?
Happy days are here for rugby fans with DStv Premium as the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby competition continues on Friday 4 March at 08:35 on SS1 with a New Zealand battle royal between the Crusaders and the Blues.
Join us as we rank the 2016 jerseys from the worst to the most brilliant design of the season. As the self-appointed Vodacom Super Rugby fashion police, we will also fine some teams for lack of creativity.
18 Southern Kings
As a proud Eastern Cape-born lad, it hurts to give the Southern Kings the wooden spoon but this jersey makes no sense. They might not get my vote on their fashion sense but I will still be backing the boys when they go against the Chiefs on Saturday 12 March on SS1 at 15:05.
Stormers fans might burn us at the stake for this but we will stick to our ruling - there’s nothing creative about this jersey. It is almost a replica of last season’s jumper and for that it gets the second last spot. Catch the Stormers in action against the Cheetahs on Saturday 5 March at 17:10 on SS1.
The Rebels have not done much impress us either. Their 2016 jersey is identical to last year’s one and, to be frank, there is nothing rebellious about this jumber. The Rebels face the Bulls on Saturday 5 March on SS1 at 15:00.
This is yet another team that opted for a safer route. The only change in the Waratahs jersey is the sponsor's logo - Daikin instead of Volvo on the front. We are disappointed at this attempt so let's move right along.
The Tahs will take the field against the Brumbies on Friday 4 March on SS1 at 10:45.
Same old, same old. Not much has changed about the Western Force’s kit. It looks like last season’s celebratory jersey which marked their 10th season in the Super Rugby tournament. Perhaps nostalgia played a role here.
Western Force takes on Reds on Saturday 5 March on SS1 at 10:45.
The defending champions have released a jersey that has not strayed that much from the one they wore last season. It’s still a nice jersey, but it lacks the wow factor. The Highlanders take on the Hurricanes Saturday 5 March on SS1 at 08:35.
The designers for the Crusaders did not put much effort into this jersey. The watermark of the knight is a nice touch but, unfortunately, this is another case of déjà vu. The Crusaders take on the Blues on Friday 4 March on SS1 at 08:35.
The Hurricanes opted to highlight their trademark hurricane emblem referencing the four winds that unites the region. It’s simple but effective.
10 The Chiefs
At first glance, we thought the Chiefs 2016 strip was rather busy and had plenty of unnecessary designs. After a little bit of digging, we found out that the shirt design pays homage to rangatira (which translates to "Chiefs") of past years. The wide range of colours represent overcoming hardships and becoming one with yourself. Now if that’s not deep, we don’t know what is.
Catch the clash between the Chiefs and Lions Saturday 5 March on SS1 at 06:15.
We love the print on the Sharks jersey as we fell that it is reminiscent of the Zulu culture. Fans of the team from KwaZulu -Natal will be wishing their team performs better this season.
The Sharks will be on the offensive when they tackle the Jaguares at the Shark Tank, Saturday 5 March on SS1 at 19:20.
The Cheetahs went back to their roots with their white jersey that has a cheetah image across the abdomen. It makes sense considering that the Griquas and the Griffons are no longer part of the Super Rugby franchise. The speed and agility of the cheetah will have to be at its max when the boys from the Free State face Vodacom Super Rugby newcomers the Sunwolves on Saturday 12 March on SS1 at 12:55.
What got us with the Sunwolves kit was simply the print of the wolf across the jersey. Further investigation revealed that the blinding orange represents the rising sun while the grey, which is not as prominent as the orange, showcases the speed and resilient fighting spirit of the wolf.
6 The Reds
There was plenty of debate around the Reds jersey and, after hours of deliberation, it was agreed that the jumper had character and was not over the top for a red number.
The Brumbies will be wearing a jumper that is different from those of previous seasons. The prominent white colour has been replaced by blue. This is a master stroke on their part and is also easy on the eye.
4 The Bulls
Puma has always managed to create cool jerseys for the Bulls, and this year’s one is no different. There is something mystical about the bull staring right back at you. The vote was unanimous.
The Jaguares are also a new edition in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition. The jersey is simple and yet it has presence.
This is another jumper that does not have to say much to get recognition. What caught our eye on this Blues jersey was the print on the right shoulder. It could easily be a nice tattoo.
Unlike its predecessors, the Lions’ 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby jersey replaced the watermark logo of the lion - which now only feautres on the badge - with the Jozi skyline. We felt this was a touch of brilliance and is a way for the franchise to acknowledge the heartbeat of the team - the fans who have supported the team through thick and thin in the City of Gold.
You can also catch the action from the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament via live video streaming on superpsort.com and DStv Now for Android and iOS. Stay in the game with the full listing of Vodacom Super Rugby fixtures on supersport.com.