Road to the play-offs: Down to the wire

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:07
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SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The exact make-up of the play-offs may not be known until the completion of the very last match of the regular season.

Match 135 sees the Sharks host the Lions, who have already won the South Africa Two conference and who could finish as the top seed for the play-offs if they win and the Crusaders lose.
Indeed with all 18 teams in action in Round 17, the final positions of the eight quarterfinalists will be determined by the outcome of several games.

The four conference winners will be ranked one-to-four based on their final number of tournament points and the wild card teams will be ranked five-to-eight based on their final number of tournament points.
So it is still all to play for with some intriguing matches to be played.

The Crusaders (currently ranked first) are away to the Hurricanes (currently ranked fifth), with the reigning champions keen to maintain their ranking.

A Crusader win will put them first for the play-offs regardless of the outcome between the Sharks and Lions.

The Chiefs (currently ranked six) host the Australian conference winners, the Brumbies, but could finish fifth if they win and Hurricanes stumble.
The Highlanders lie in seventh spot and play the Reds and the South Island side will be eager to hold on to their ranking for the play-offs.

If they stumble, and the Sharks beat the Lions with a bonus point, they could finish seventh and the Highlanders eighth.
South Africa One conference winners the Stormers are away to the Bulls, but have already secured the third-place ranking ahead of the Australian conference winners the Brumbies - based on the fact they have won more matches should they lose to the Bulls and Brumbies win with a bonus point against the Chiefs.

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There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Fri, 30 March 2018
Chiefs v Highlanders 06h35 Hamilton
Rebels v Hurricanes 08h45 Melbourne
Scarlets v La Rochelle 17h30 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 31 March 2018
Blues v Sharks 06h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Waratahs 08h45 Canberra
Bulls v Stormers 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Toulon 15h15 Limerick
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 5 4 0 1 20
Reds 5 3 0 2 13
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 5 0 0 5 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 5 3 0 2 15
Hurricanes 4 3 0 1 14
Chiefs 4 3 0 1 13
Highlanders 4 3 0 1 13
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 6 4 0 2 19
Stormers 6 3 0 3 13
Sharks 5 1 1 3 9
Jaguares 5 2 0 3 8
Bulls 5 1 0 4 5