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Following victories to the Crusaders and the Brumbies in their Super Rugby Qualifiers, SANZAR has confirmed this weekend’s Semi-Finals. Referees have also been named for the fixtures.
World No.1 Craig Joubert, who recently refereed the second Test between the British and Irish Lions and the Qantas Wallabies in Melbourne, will take charge of the Bulls and Brumbies clash in Pretoria.
While Australia's leading whistle-blower, Steve Walsh, will control the all New Zealand clash between the Chiefs and Crusaders in Hamilton.
By finishing first and second respectively following the regular season, the Chiefs and the Bulls have earned the right to host the Super Rugby Semi-Finals. The schedule is as follows:
Super Rugby Semi-Final (Match D)
Saturday 27 July, 2013
Chiefs v Crusaders
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
Kick-off (1935 local, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT, 0735 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh
AR1: Glen Jackson
AR2: Chris Pollock
TMO: Glenn Newman
Super Rugby Semi-Final (Match C)
Saturday 27 July, 2013*
Bulls v Brumbies
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
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.
Referee: Craig Joubert
AR1: Jonathan Kaplan
AR2: Marius Jonker
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
The structure of the Super Rugby Finals Series is as follows:
of C and D
Other winner of C and D
The Western Force return to NIB Stadium for the second time this season and the Honey Badger wants sea of blue fans to “get your carcass on the chair”! In 2014 the Force had a slow start to the season, before finishing off strongly, and they will be hoping for a repeat after winning just one of their opening four matches this season!
The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!