Super Rugby quarter-finals – who plays who, when and where

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    The fixtures for the 2017 Super Rugby quarter-finals have been officially confirmed, and are as follows.

    Friday July 21
    QF4 – Brumbies vs Hurricanes, GIO Stadium, 7:45pm AEST

    Saturday July 22
    QF2 – Crusaders vs Highlanders, AMI Stadium, 5:35pm AEST
    QF1 – Lions vs Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park, 10:30pm AEST

    Sunday July 23
    QF3 – Stormers vs Chiefs, DHL Newlands, 1am AEST

    The Brumbies will try to become the first Australian team to defeat a New Zealand team this season when they host the Hurricanes on Friday night.

    It doesn’t seem likely though – despite being made to travel due to the conference system, the ‘Canes are short-priced $1.26 favourites.

    Just a week after copping their first Super Rugby loss of the year the Crusaders will find themselves in an all-New Zealand tussle with the Highlanders.

    Meanwhile the Lions, who have finished as first seed thanks to the Saders’ stumble, are heavy favourites to do away with the Sharks.

    The fixture will actually mean those two sides meet twice in two weeks – the Lions defeated the Sharks 27-10 on Sunday to close out their season.

    Lastly, the Chiefs go in as narrow favourites against the Stormers, but will have to overcome the travel factor to get a win.

    The winner of QF1 (Lions vs Sharks) will play the winner of QF4 (Brumbies vs Hurricanes) in the semi-finals, and the winner of QF2 (Crusaders vs Highlanders) will play the winner of QF3 (Stormers vs Chiefs), with the highest-ranked team to host in both matches.

    The winners of the semis will then play off in the final for the 2017 Super Rugby championship, again with the highest-ranked team to host.

    The Lions, having swooped in to take top spot in the standings in the last round, have a clear path to a home final and potentially a first Super Rugby title.

    Odds are they will have to beat both the Hurricanes and the Crusaders to do it, but they’ll have a home crowd on their side in both battles if so.

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    • July 16th 2017 @ 3:57pm
      Bfc said | July 16th 2017 @ 3:57pm | ! Report

      Hurricanes (by plenty…), Crusaders, Lions, Stormers for the semis…
      I now the Brumbies topped the Oz conference…but to qualify with only 6 wins…a farce! The Blues had more wins and finished bottom of the NZ conference…

      • July 16th 2017 @ 4:11pm
        wag said | July 16th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

        Get a new record, Bfc ! Something that we haven’t read dozens of times before !

        • July 16th 2017 @ 4:38pm
          Bfc said | July 16th 2017 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

          Still…the ‘guessing’ is with the semi finalists…the fact remains that qualifying for the playoffs with 6 wins is a farce. Never said it was the fault of the Brumbies…:)

      • July 16th 2017 @ 5:31pm
        Drongo said | July 16th 2017 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

        I think the Brumbies just might win. No one in NZ gives tham a hope in h3ll. It could be like the Lions all over again. Geez, imagine the bleating!

        • July 17th 2017 @ 10:51am
          Jacko said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:51am | ! Report

          Is Garces the ref ?

      • July 16th 2017 @ 6:53pm
        Jerome said | July 16th 2017 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

        The blues only won one more game than the brumbies and the brumbies won loosing bonus points in 7 of their 11 losses. They won’t win this weekend nor deserve to be in finals but they deserve to be up there.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 1:29pm
        Marto said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

        Bfc

        Getting thumped by a Tokyo club side forfeits any right you had to play finals footy….

        Onya uni-cycle bro…bye byeeeeeeeeee… Choo choooooooooooo

    • July 16th 2017 @ 4:12pm
      wyn said | July 16th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

      Don’t be too surprised if the Shorks upset the apple cart – they did it before in 2012 when they beat the minor premier Stormers in a semi only to go on and get hammered in NZ the following week.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 8:28pm
        Rugby Tragic said | July 16th 2017 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

        Well they got done by the Lions at home this weekend… I’d think ‘away’ to the same team next week might be tougher still.. Lions at home last year were virtually unbeatable, but stranger things have happened..

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      July 16th 2017 @ 4:25pm
      Rabbitz said | July 16th 2017 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

      Ahhh, good. After Friday we can stop watching.

    • July 16th 2017 @ 6:41pm
      PB said | July 16th 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

      Wow, they made the conference playoffs even worse than last year. Hard to do, congratulations.

      The semifinals are a complete screw up. The Chiefs travelling back from SA, to NZ, then probably back to SA if they win; The Hurricanes going to SA, then back to NZ if they win.

    • July 16th 2017 @ 8:25pm
      R2D2 said | July 16th 2017 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

      I love my rugby and I am sure a lot of Roar fans do as will . The last two seasons leave me with a bad taste. The Canes won last year and probably deserved it .This year is anyones guess ,but the bad taste will remain.Whatever happens, lets hope for a better comp system next year , the players and the fans deserve it.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 8:35pm
        Spanners said | July 16th 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

        Agree. I enjoyed watching all the NZ derby matches, but the Aussie teams were horrible. Sad to say rugby in Australia has just about become irrelevant.

        Disgraceful to see the Brumbies (34 points) get hosting rights over the Hurricanes (58 points), geez it is a poor format that rewards mediocrity. And what gives with the Lions not playing a single NZ team this season?

        The sooner the Big Bash starts the better…

        • July 16th 2017 @ 9:11pm
          Brent Horstor said | July 16th 2017 @ 9:11pm | ! Report

          The Lions played all NZ teams last year and beat all except the Hurricanes. This year it is swapped and they play the Aussie conference instead. Conference system is rubbish, but it changes for each team each season, so in that sense, it is fair that the Lions don’t play the NZ conference every season.

          • July 17th 2017 @ 10:09pm
            Sylvester said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

            In 2016, the Lions lost to the Crusaders, Highlanders, and Canes. The only three games they’d lost until they dropped their bundle in the final round.
            They did beat the Chiefs and Blues. One away and one at home.

            http://www.superxv.com/results/2016-super-rugby-results/

    • July 16th 2017 @ 9:32pm
      Drongo said | July 16th 2017 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

      It seems that there is general agreement that the SR format sucks. We should revert to three seperate domestic competitions and a champions league at the end of the season with the top teams from each conference playing off. That would be grouse wouldn’t it rugby loving bros!

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