Jean punts on Bulls v Crusaders Final

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:25
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The Bulls may have had a poor fortnight, in the last two rounds of league action, but they are still a good bet to host the Super Rugby Final.

The Bulls may have had a poor fortnight, in the last two rounds of league action, but they are still a good bet to host the Super Rugby Final.

In fact Springbok captain Jean de Villiers feels the Bulls are likely to host the Crusaders in the grand finale on Saturday, August 3.

This comes despite the fact that his team, the Stormers, demolished the Bulls (30-13) at Newlands at the weekend.

The preliminary qualifiers (or quarterfinals) will see the Crusaders host Reds in Christchurch on Saturday, while the Brumbies will be at home to the Cheetahs in Canberra on Sunday.

By finishing the season as the competition's two highest-ranked conference winners, the Chiefs and Bulls have earned the week off and progress straight to the Super Rugby semifinals. The Chiefs will host the lowest ranked qualifier and the Bulls the higher ranked team in the semis.

The highest ranked team after the semifinals will host the Final. If the Bulls and Crusaders advance, as De Villiers suggested, the Bulls will host the grand finale - despite finishing second on the standings.

De Villiers admitted it will be tough for the Cheetahs.

"It has been a great season for them and hopefully they can cause a couple of upsets," De Villiers said at the post-match conference, after the Stormers' impressive win over the Bulls.

"It is going to be really tough for them, as they will have to travel away all three games if they are going to make it to the Final.

"Good luck to them, hopefully they can do that.

"Essentially you probably going to have to back the Bulls - they still finished second, they will have a week off."

The Bulls will be hoping to get a number of their injured players, who missed the trip to Newlands, back for the semifinals.

"Hopefully they will get some injured players back - a guy like Jan [Serfontein], who is very important to them from a ball carrying point of view," the Stormers and Bok skipper said.

He added that the Bulls would also hope to get some experience back for the play-offs.

"You never know what can happen," De Villiers said, adding: "The Crusaders are on a bit of a roll and they will probably get the Chiefs in he semifinal.

"I won't be surprised to have a Bulls versus Crusaders Final at Loftus [Versfeld].

"And you have to back the Bulls."

The Bok captain said that from a national team point of view, you would want them to travel as little as possible and not get injured.

By Jan de Koning

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19