There are just two weeks left in the regular season of this year’s Super Rugby competition and with the playoffs just around the corner, we believe it’s a good time to establish the current state of play.
Across the three conferences, eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals. The top team in each conference will receive home advantage in the quarter-final along with the side who has the highest points total after the conference winners.
The four remaining teams or ‘wildcard’ teams will be then be decided by the highest overall points total. As it stands, here are the eight teams who will qualify for the quarter-finals.
- Crusaders (1st Seed)
- Lions (2nd Seed)
- Waratahs (3rd Seed)
- Hurricanes (4th Seed)
- Chiefs (5th Seed)
- Highlanders (6th Seed)
- Jaguares (7th Seed)
- Melbourne Rebels (8th Seed)
As it stands, this will be the makeup of the quarter-finals with the first team having home advantage.
QF1: Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels
QF2: Lions v Jaguares
QF3: Waratahs v Highlanders
QF4: Hurricanes v Chiefs
Whoever emerges from the quarter-finals and has the highest original seeding will secure home advantage for the semi-finals.
Below you will find the overall Super Rugby table and you will notice that the likes of the Sharks and the Brumbies still have an opportunity of making the top eight.
Here are the remaining regular-season fixtures for the current Top-10:
Round 15: Home to the Highlanders
Round 16: Home to the Auckland Blues
Round 15: Bye
Round 16: Home to the Bulls
Round 15: Home to the Sunwolves
Round 16: Home to the Brumbies
Round 15: Home to the Auckland Blues
Round 16: Away to the Chiefs
Round 15: Home to the Brumbies
Round 16: Home to the Hurricanes
Round 15: Away to the Crusaders
Round 16: Home to the Melbourne Rebels
Round 15: Away to the Bulls
Round 16: Away to the Sharks
Round 15: Away to the Queensland Reds
Round 16: Away to the Highlanders
Round 15: Away to the Stormers
Round 16: Home to the Jaguares
Round 15: Away to the Chiefs
Round 16: Away to the Waratahs
It’s also important to note that the conference champions are by no means guaranteed just yet. The Crusaders are likely to emerge champions of the New Zealand conference considering their nine-point lead over the Hurricanes with just two games remaining.
Meanwhile, the Tahs are just four points ahead of the Melbourne Rebels but the Tahs have two home games to finish off their season while the Jaguares are just three points behind the Lions in the South African conference.
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