Road to the play-offs: Top eight confirmed

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 08:38
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SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The eight quarterfinalists have been decided, but the final positions are far from being confirmed.

The 2017 season enters the penultimate round this weekend - with the Australian teams returning to action to join the South African teams in Round 16, following the conclusion of the June Test window.

The New Zealand teams will re-enter the competition for the last round next week, following the completion of the British and Irish Lions series in New Zealand.

The four conference winners are the Crusaders, Lions, Stormers and Brumbies.

The four wild card teams are the Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Sharks.

However, the final positions and the quarterfinal seedings that determine who plays who are yet to be finalised.

This will come down to the wire and the final Round of Super Rugby.

Round 17 will see all 18 teams in action.

Round 16 will be important for the Brumbies and Stormers, who are fighting it out to determine who will finish as third and fourth seeds as conference winners.

The eventual third seed will play the sixth placed wild card, while the fourth seed will play the fifth placed wild card.

The Stormers host the Sunwolves in Cape Town, while on paper the Brumbies have a harder assignment playing away against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Lions are the only team that can catch the unbeaten Crusaders in the race for first place - but only if the Hurricanes beat the Crusaders in Round 17.

By the time the Lions' game against the Sharks kick off in Durban just after 17.00 (15.00 GMT) on July 15, they will know if the Crusaders had left open the back door.

To date across the 121 Super Rugby matches played this season we have seen an incredible 847 tries scored with the Hurricanes setting a new season record with 85.

Indeed Hurricanes backs Vince Aso and Ngani Laumape lead the individual statistics with 14 tries each.

Current quarterfinal standings

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 14h00 Madejski Stadium
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28