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Super Rugby Finals Series confirmed

  
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7/14/2013


After the completion of Round 20 on Saturday night, SANZAR has confirmed the schedule for next weekend’s Super Rugby Qualifiers which kick-off the 2013 Super Rugby Finals Series.

By finishing the season as the competition’s two highest-ranked conference winners, the Chiefs (66 points, 12 wins) and the Bulls (63 points, 12 wins) have earned the week off and progress straight to the Super Rugby Semi Finals where they await the winners of the following clashes:

Super Rugby Qualifier A

Saturday, 20 July, 2013
Crusaders v Reds
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Kick-off (1935 local, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT, 0735 GMT)

Super Rugby Qualifier B
Sunday, 21 July, 2013
Brumbies v Cheetahs
Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia
Kick-off (1610 local, 1810 NZT, 0810 SAT, 0610 GMT)

The Crusaders enter the Super Rugby Finals as the top-ranked ‘Wildcard’ team and secured a home final with a 25-17 win over the Hurricanes. They welcome the Reds to Christchurch in what looms as a thrilling re-match of the 2011 Super Rugby Final. The Reds only needed one point on Saturday night to overtake the Cheetahs into fifth spot and beat the Waratahs 14-12.

The Brumbies claimed the Australian Conference but with 60 points and 10 wins, they finish as the third-ranked conference winner and are subsequently thrust into a showdown with the sixth-ranked Cheetahs who had a bye in the final round of the regular season.

As those four teams prepare for this weekend’s Super Rugby Qualifiers in Canberra and Christchurch, the Chiefs and the Bulls are watching in anticipation to see who they will face the following week.

By finishing first and second respectively, the Chiefs and Bulls have earned the right to host the Super Rugby Semi-Finals, for which SANZAR can now confirm the dates and kick-off times:

Super Rugby Semi-Final (Match C)
Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Bulls v TBC
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off (1705 local, 0305 NZ, 0105 NSW/ACT, 1505 GMT)
*Date will be Sunday 28 July in Australian Eastern/Central and NZ time zones

Super Rugby Semi-Final (Match D)
Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Chiefs v TBC
Waikato Stadium, Waikato
Kick-off (1935 local, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT, 0735 GMT)

The Bulls will host the highest-ranked winner while the other triumphant Qualifier will be off to Hamilton for a meeting with the defending Super Rugby champions.

The structure of the Super Rugby Finals Series is as follows:

 

WEEK

 

ROUND

 

MATCH

 

HOME

 

AWAY

1

Qualifier

A

Crusaders

Reds

1

Qualifier

B

Brumbies

Cheetahs

2

Semi-Final

C

Bulls

Highest-ranked winner of A and B

3

Semi-Final

D

Chiefs

Other winner of A and B

4

Final

E

Highest-ranked winner of C and D

Other winner of C and D

 

SANZAR will confirm the Super Rugby Semi-Finals schedule immediately following the Brumbies v Cheetahs clash on Sunday.

Referee appointments for the Semi-Finals will be advised early in the week.

 

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