Qualifiers: Who, what, when, where

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:49
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rugby365 brings you all the details of the Super Rugby play-offs - the who, when, and where of the qualifiers before the semifinals.

The Super Rugby play-offs will get underway with what promises to be a pulsating and hard-fought re-match of last year's season-decider between the Brumbies and the dual defending champion Chiefs.

Victory in the final round against the Western Force and Blues respectively has put the two familiar combatants on a post-season collision course in Canberra.

Although comprehensively winning the South African Conference, the Sharks finished as the third-ranked conference winner and are subsequently thrust into a home qualifier against the sixth-ranked Highlanders, who go into the play-offs on the back of successive defeats to the Waratahs and Crusaders - Super Rugby's two automatic semifinalists.

Interestingly, these match-ups also occurred on the same day of the 2014 regular season with Brumbies defeating the Chiefs 41-23 and the Highlanders upsetting the Sharks 34-18 on the road in Round 11.

By finishing the season as the competition's two highest-ranked conference winners, the Waratahs (58 points, 12 wins) and the Crusaders (51 points, 11 wins) have earned the week off and progress straight to the Super Rugby semifinals - where they await the winners of next week's preliminary qualifiers.

Super Rugby qualifiers

Saturday, July 19

Brumbies v Chiefs
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off:  19.40 (21.40 NZST, 11.40 SAST, 09.40 GMT)
Referee: TBC

Sharks v Highlanders
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.05 (03.05, Sunday, July 20 NZT; 01.05, Sunday, July 20 AEST, 15.05 GMT)
Referee: TBC

* Should any Super Rugby play-off match end with the scores level, the following will apply until a winner is determined:
a) Extra time played in two periods of 10 minutes
b) Sudden death extra time in a period of up to 10 minutes
c) A kicking competition featuring five players from each team

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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9