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Everything You Need To Know As Super Rugby Reaches Its Climax

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.

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Here are the remaining regular-season fixtures for the current Top-10:

Crusaders 

Round 15: Home to the Highlanders

Round 16: Home to the Auckland Blues

Lions 

Round 15: Bye

Round 16: Home to the Bulls

Waratahs

Round 15: Home to the Sunwolves

Round 16: Home to the Brumbies

Hurricanes

Round 15: Home to the Auckland Blues

Round 16: Away to the Chiefs

Chiefs

Round 15: Home to the Brumbies

Round 16: Home to the Hurricanes

Highlanders 

Round 15: Away to the Crusaders

Round 16: Home to the Melbourne Rebels

Jaguares

Round 15: Away to the Bulls

Round 16: Away to the Sharks

Melbourne Rebels 

Round 15: Away to the Queensland Reds

Round 16: Away to the Highlanders

Sharks

Round 15: Away to the Stormers

Round 16: Home to the Jaguares

Brumbies

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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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter