Scotty Stevenson

Scotty Stevenson is a senior sports writer for The Spinoff, and a commentator and columnist.

Sports
Nov 7, 2018

Referees talk for 80 minutes a match. Then, silence.

Regardless on where you stand on the Owen Farrell Incident, the last 72 hours demonstrate one thing: rugby union revels in confusing its own fans.

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Sports
Aug 3, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: The Crusaders won't fear the Ellis Park factor

Home advantage is a very real thing in the history of Super Rugby finals, but the Crusaders don’t mind a road trip, and won’t be worried about being away from home this weekend.

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Sports
Jul 28, 2017

Old hands vs new philosophers: The Super Rugby semifinals coaching battles

It’s only fair that most of the focus ahead of this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-finals will be on the players but, as Scotty Stevenson writes, both crucial clashes will also be defined by a battle between the old and new schools of professional coaches.

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Sports
Jul 26, 2017

Secondary school rugby players to be tested for drugs

For the first time in NZ school sports history, players at this year's National 1st XV top 4 semi-finals will be subject to anti-doping testing, reports Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 19, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: How important is discipline? Super Rugby’s playoff teams by the numbers

The Super Rugby finals kick off this weekend with the best attacking teams in the competition favoured to have it all their way in the first round. That’s all well and good, but finals footy is finals footy, and as Scotty Stevenson discovers, we may need to have a conversation about discipline, too.

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Sports
Jul 15, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: Embrace the chaos of the Super Rugby draw – and pray for something better next year

The weirdest draw in all of professional sports naturally gets a weird ending this week. Maybe it’s just time to admit that the system is too weird for everyone, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 5, 2017

A new kind of roar: The case for a British and Irish Lionesses tour

What if we added another three tests to the next Lions tour, without troubling the blokes at all? It's time for the British & Irish Lionesses, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 1, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: BIG rating – the obscure stat which obsesses NZ and the Lions ignore

As the weather closes in on Wellington and the vultures circle the conceptual carcass of the British and Irish Lions, the second test against the All Blacks shapes as perhaps one of the most important in the history of this great touring party.

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Sports
May 22, 2017

‘It’s about having fun’: Scott Robertson, the coach behind the Crusaders’ unbeaten start

Scott 'Razor' Robertson took the reins as the Crusaders head coach at the end of last season. So far his Super Rugby coaching record reads: 12 wins, no draws, no losses. Scotty Stevenson caught up with him in Fiji last week to talk about his coaching philosophies ahead of the Crusaders' Friday night match against the Chiefs.

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Sports
May 18, 2017

Super Rugby Power Rankings: How far under the radar are the Chiefs right now?

A change has come at the top of Scotty Stevenson's power rankings after the Crusaders dethroned the Hurricanes in a New Zealand conference classic.

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Sports
Apr 6, 2017

Why the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy is a special piece of New Zealand rugby silverware

Gordon Hunter was a police detective and also one of the most memorable rugby coaches of his, or any, era. This weekend the Highlanders and Blues will contest the trophy named in his honour. Scotty Stevenson explains why that matters, and why Gordy's memory deserves to be kept alive.

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Sports
Mar 22, 2017

Super Rugby Power Rankings: The first four rounds

Scotty Stevenson's Super Rugby Power Rankings make a triumphant return for 2017.

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Sports
Feb 23, 2017

Five rising stars to keep an eye on this Super Rugby season

With Super Rugby set to kick off for 2017, Scotty Stevenson picks some rising stars in the New Zealand squads who could light up the competition this season.

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Sports
Nov 2, 2016

48 hours drinking with rugby’s greatest losers

Scotty Stevenson spent the weekend in the company of rugby players who'd just been on the receiving end of heartbreaking losses, and he loved every minute of it.

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Sports
Oct 27, 2016

Where the real music is made: A love letter to provincial rugby

As the goalposts are taken down and cricket pitches mowed across the country, Scotty Stevenson reflects on the continued importance of provincial rugby in New Zealand.

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Sports
Oct 26, 2016

Black Ferns their own worst enemies as they wrap up test series against Wallaroos

Scotty Stevenson reports from the second Black Ferns vs Wallaroos test at North Harbour Stadium, where the Australians fought back admirably from their 67-3 hammering at Eden Park on Saturday.

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Sports
Sep 28, 2016

Breaking down the breakdown: Why the new laws being trialled are getting the thumbs down

The new breakdown laws currently being trialled in the Mitre 10 Cup have found little favour with World Rugby’s law committee, according to sources close to the latest meeting. Scotty Stevenson assesses their impact on the numbers after six weeks of competition.

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Sports
Sep 20, 2016

Super Rugby Power Rankings: The entire 2017 draw ranked round by round

The 2017 Super Rugby draw is out today. To mark the occasion Scotty Stevenson has power ranked every round of the upcoming season, from 1 to 16(B).

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Sports
Sep 5, 2016

The only decent game of rugby at Waikato Stadium this weekend

The Ranfurly Shield contest between the Waikato and Manawatu men's teams may have been a dud, but the warm-up match was a game for the ages, says Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Aug 11, 2016

New Zealand missed the memo, and the Olympic medals they wanted

The New Zealand men's sevens Olympic campaign was given a raw deal by a rugby union which still sees the seven-a-side game as a poor relation to 15s, writes Scotty Stevenson in Rio de Janeiro.

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Sports
Aug 8, 2016

Six months in a leaky boat: The Super Rugby season’s expanding problem

Lions coach Johan Ackermann watched his gamble of resting his best players for their final round trip to Buenos Aires blow up in his face on Saturday night. The fact he took that gamble in the first place highlights some major problems with the expanded Super Rugby schedule, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 26, 2016

Crusader Man: What to make of Todd Blackadder’s Super Rugby coaching career

Todd Blackadder is leaving to coach Aviva Premiership side Bath after eight seasons in charge of the Crusaders. Will his tenure be remembered as a success? Scotty Stevenson looks back on the career of a Crusader Man.

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Sports
Jul 26, 2016

Who holds the upper hand going into the Super Rugby semifinals?

Where will the Super Rugby semifinals be won and lost? Scotty Stevenson breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of each of the four remaining teams.

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Sports
Jul 18, 2016

Final Super Rugby power rankings: Somehow a New Zealand team is not #1

A team who lost to the Jaguares last weekend remains the team to beat in the Super Rugby playoffs – at least according to Scotty Stevenson's final playoffs edition power rankings.

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Sports
Jul 11, 2016

Super Rugby Power Rankings: The road to the title runs through Ellis Park

A shock new leader emerges at the top of Scotty Stevenson’s Super Rugby power rankings heading into the final round of the regular season.

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Sports
Jul 11, 2016

‘I believe God’s called me’ – Jarryd Hayne on forsaking the NFL for Olympic glory

Jarryd Hayne tells Scotty Stevenson why he walked away from the bright lights and big money of the NFL to fight for a spot in the Fiji Sevens team.

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Sports
Jul 4, 2016

Super Rugby Power Rankings: Is this the real life?

Scotty Stevenson awakes from a long and disorientating rugby slumber to continue the unforgiving weekly task of ranking every team in Super Rugby from best to worst.

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