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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Sun, 20 August 2017
Griquas v Pumas 12h30 Kimberley
Fri, 25 August 2017
Pumas v Blue Bulls 17h00 Nelspruit
Sat, 26 August 2017
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Dunedin
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 19 August 2017
Australia v New Zealand 34 | 54
Fri, 18 August 2017
Western Province v Golden Lions 39 | 3
Sat, 12 August 2017
Golden Lions v Sharks 31 | 47
Western Province v Blue Bulls 45 | 34
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 25 | 30
Wed, 09 August 2017
Blue Bulls v Sharks 20 | 28
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 34 | 45
Griquas v Western Province 44 | 34
Sat, 05 August 2017
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 54 | 22
Lions v Crusaders 17 | 25
Western Province v Pumas 34 | 19
Fri, 04 August 2017
Sharks v Griquas 41 | 3
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 30 | 17
Sat, 29 July 2017
Sharks v Pumas 29 | 0
Lions v Hurricanes 44 | 29
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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