How the Super Rugby playoffs will work

Super Rugby
by staff

After 17 Rounds and 135 matches the quarter-finalists for the 2017 Super Rugby tournament have been confirmed by SANZAAR.

Following the Crusaders 22-31 loss to the Hurricanes, the Lions 27-10 win over the Sharks away in Durban saw them finish as the top ranked team.

The Crusaders' 14-match winning streak came to an end in Wellington and they ended up as the second ranked side entering the quarter-finals.

The Conference winners and their rankings are: Lions [1], Crusaders [2], Stormers [3], Brumbies [4]

The four wild card teams (best runner up from South Africa Conferences 1 & 2, and three next best teams from the Australian & New Zealand Conferences) and their rankings are: Hurricanes [5], Chiefs [6], Highlanders [7], Sharks [8]


2017 Super Rugby Quarter-final Draw

QF1: Lions [1] versus Sharks [8]

QF2: Crusaders [2] versus Highlanders [7]

QF3: Stormers [3] versus Chiefs [6]

QF4: Brumbies [4] versus Hurricanes [5]


Quarter-final Match Schedule (all times local)

Fri July 21: Brumbies v Hurricanes, Canberra @ 19:35

Sat July 22: Crusaders v Highlanders, Christchurch @ 19:35

Sat July 22: Lions v Sharks, Johannesburg @ 14:30

Sat July 22: Stormers v Chiefs, Cape Town @ 17:00

Semi-final Draw:

Pre-determined draw as follows (highest ranked team to host):

SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF4

SF2: Winner QF2 v Winner QF3

Final Draw:

(highest ranked team to host):

Final: Winner SF1 v Winner SF 2