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Highlanders vs Rebels
Super Rugby, 14 July, 2018
|Forsyth Barr Stadium|
|Fulltime - Highlanders 43, Rebels 37|
|Referee: Glen Jackson|
|Touch judges: Paul Williams & Brendon Pickerill|
|TMO: Chris Hart|
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The Rebels will have to wait and hope on other results if they’re to make this Super Rugby season’s finals after falling short against the Highlanders.
The Rebels will be hoping to make their first ever Super Rugby finals campaign a certainty when they take on the Highlanders.
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The equation for the Rebels is fairly simple: win this game and they are certain to feature in the Super Rugby finals for the first time in the history of the club.
Lose and, well, that’s where things get a bit more murky.
In that scenario, they would then need to cross their fingers and hope that the Jaguares are able to best the Sharks – because if not, they could get pushed out of the top eight.
Of course, even if the Rebels do win, there are big questions left over where they finish in the top eight.
A big-margin win or a bonus-point win would give them the chance to go into seventh, and if they do that they may well find themselves up against the Waratahs in finals.
That would be almost a dream matchup as it would guarantee at least one Australian side makes it through to the semi-finals.
Plus, it would give both teams an opportunity to play their finals match in Australia, giving them both a chance to play a strong brand.
As for the Highlanders, this match doesn’t mean a great deal to them – it may affect their ladder position, but either way they’re likely travelling in the first week of finals.
Depending on results, a loss may even stop them from travelling to South Africa, but their form is pretty solid after winning two of their last three.
The Rebels will be desperate to keep their fate in their own hands here, but it’s hard to see them getting the job done away from home.
Highlanders by 11.
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