Super Hub: All the teams, times and TV info for the quarter-finals

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The Super Rugby finals are here and it's all or nothing for every side in each match.

Reigning champions the Crusaders take on the Highlanders on Friday night to open the sudden-death matches.

On Saturday, the Jaguares and Chiefs face off before the Hurricanes and Bulls and Brumbies and Sharks do battle on Saturday night.

All the lineups, odds and referee information right here.


All times AEST.

Friday June 21

5pm - FOX SPORTS coverage commences with "Kick-Off" on Channel 507

5:35pm - Crusaders vs Highlanders, Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Kayo Sports 

Saturday June 22

8:05am - Jaguares vs Chiefs, Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Kayo Sports

5:35pm - Hurricanes vs Bulls, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Kayo Sports

8:05pm - Brumbies vs Sharks, GIO Stadium, Canberra, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports and via RADIO


Ben Smith is set to miss up to eight weeks. Photo: Getty imagesBen Smith's timing is as immaculate as ever for the Highlanders, who have included the fit-again All Blacks fullback in their team to face the Crusaders in the Super Rugby quarter-finals.

Smith has recovered from the hamstring injury that threatened to prematurely end his Highlanders career and will start in Friday's match in Christchurch.

It appeared the 33-year-old's 152nd Super Rugby match against the Chiefs seven weeks ago would be his last as the Highlanders stumbled over the closing rounds.

However, a thumping 49-12 win over the Waratahs in the final round last week and some favourable results elsewhere handed them the eighth and lowest playoff spot, and an unenviable assignment to topple the top-qualifying Crusaders.

Smith, who has signed for French club Pau next season, is co-captain of a Highlanders team at close to full strength.

It's the same story with the defending champion Crusaders, who welcome back All Blacks front-rowers Owen Franks and Codie Taylor from injury, meaning there are 12 Test players in their starting XV.

Veteran prop Franks has only played once in the last 15 weeks because of an ongoing shoulder problem while hooker Taylor has been out for a month (finger).

Such is the depth at coach Scott Robertson's disposal, there is only a place on the bench for rising star Braydon Ennor, one of most exciting outside backs in the competition who bagged a hat-trick in their last game, the 66-0 rout of the Melbourne Rebels two weeks ago.

Exciting winger Sevu Reece is retained and can continue to mount an argument for a maiden All Blacks call-up, particularly if he adds to his competition-leading tries scored tally of 13.


Crusaders to face Highlanders

Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Whetu Douglas, Matt Todd, Kieran read, Bryn Hall, Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Sevu Reece, David Havili. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Mitch Drummond, Mitch Hunt, Braydon Ennor

Highlanders to face Crusaders

Daniel Lienert-Brown, Liam Coltman, Tyrel Lomax, Jackson Hemopo, Tom Franklin, Liam Squire, James Lentjies, Luke Whitelock, Aaron Smith, Josh Ioane, Sio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Rob Thompson, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith. Reserves: Ash Dixon, Ayden Johnston, Siate Tokolahi, Josh Dickson, Shannon Frizell, Kayne Hammington, Marty Banks, Elliot Dixon


Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistant 1: Paul Williams

Assistant 2: Brendon Pickerill

TMO:  Ben Skeen


Supplied by Bet365

Crusaders - $1.15

Highlanders - $5.50


The Jaguares are favourites to beat the Chiefs on Saturday morning (AEST). Photo: Getty ImagesReaching the quarter-finals was a remarkable feat for the Chiefs but they accept they play second-fiddle to the Jaguares in the Super Rugby fairytale stakes.

Two of the competition's form teams meet in Buenos Aires on Saturday morning (AEDT), having recovered from forgettable starts that had both residing in the bottom three after six rounds.

The Chiefs overcame a crippling run of injuries, including the absence of All Blacks Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Damian McKenzie for long periods, to qualify seventh.

Winning four of their last five games doesn't compare with the Jaguares, however, who were beaten in just one of their last 10 to clinch the African Conference and set up their first-ever home playoffs match.

Chiefs assistant coach Neil Barnes tipped his hat to the vastly-improved South Americans, who had conquered an onerous travel itinerary.

"When you look at the Jaguares, they do this (long distance flights) all the time," Barnes told reporters.

"For them to get second in the competition when they travel every second game, they need to be congratulated."

The Chiefs have made one change to the starting team who crushed the Melbourne Rebels 59-8 last week, with the injured Alex Nankivell (knee) making way for Tumua Manu at outside centre.

By contrast the Jaguares' starting XV has been overhauled from the second-string side who hammered the Sunwolves 52-10 last week.

Only wing Sebastian Cancelliere and centre Matias Orlando have retained their places, with a host of Pumas internationals returning to the fray after a week off.

If victorious, the Jaguares will remain in Buenos Aires for their semi-final, against the winners of the Brumbies-Sharks showdown in Canberra on Saturday.

The Chiefs will travel again if successful, to either Canberra or Durban.


Jaguares to face Chiefs

Mayco Vivas, Agustin Creevy, Santiago Medrano, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomas Cubelli, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Orlando, Sebastian Cancelliere, Emiliano Boffelli. Reserves: Julian Montoya, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Enrique Pieretto, Tomas Lezana, Francisco Gorrissen, Felipe Ezcurra, Domingo Miotti, Santiago Carreras

Chiefs to face Jaguares

Atu Moli, Nathan Harris, Angus Ta’avao, Brodie Retallick, Tyler Ardron, Lachlan Boshier, Sam Cane, Pita Gus Sowakula, Brad Weberm Jack Debreczeni, Sean Wainui, Anton Lienert-Brown, Tumua Manu, Shaun Stevenson, Solomon Alaimalo. Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Aidan Ross, Nepo Laulala, Jesse parete, Mitch Jacobson, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Marty McKenzie, Alex Nankivell


Referee:  Glen Jackson

Assistant 1: Nick Briant

Assistant 2: Federico Anselmi

TMO: Santiago Borsani


Supplied by Bet365

Jaguares - $1.68

Chiefs- $2.20


TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett will notch a milestone this weekend. Photo: Getty ImagesAll Blacks Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara are poised to bring up a Super Rugby first when a full-strength Hurricanes face the Bulls in their quarter-final in Wellington.

Coach John Plumtree has unveiled an experienced side which features Barrett and Perenara playing their 100th competition game together.

The milestone should have been raised on the team's trip to South Africa this month but five-eighth Barrett fell ill ahead of their win over the Lions.

The pair are already the most prolific halves pairing in Super Rugby, having surpassed the 80 games Stephen Larkham and George Gregan racked up for the Brumbies over 11 seasons until 2007.

Perenara's 126th match will lift him level with former midfield backs Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith for the most Hurricanes appearances.

Plumtree rested many of his leading players from last week's meaningless 29-24 win over the Blues and believes the move has paid dividends.

"I thought the whole squad got a real lift from the way our young side performed last week and that energy has started to really show through," he said.


Hurricanes to face Bulls

Toby Smith, Dane Coles, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, James Blackwell, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Gareth Evans, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ben Lam, Ngani Laumape, Peter Umaga-Jnesen, Wes Goosen, Jordie Barrett. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong, Ben May/Alex Fidow, Kane Le’aupepe, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Richard Judd/Finlay Christie, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi

Bulls to face Hurricanes

Lizo Gqoboka, Jaco Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, hanro Liebenberg, Duane Vermeulen, Andre Warner, Handre Pollard, Rosko Specman, Johnny Kotze, Jesse Kriel, Cornal Hendricks, Warrick Gelant. Reserves: Johan Grobbelaar, Simphiwe Matanzima, Wiehahn Herbst, Jannes Kirsten, Ruan Steenkamp, Ivan van Zyl, Manie Libbok, Divan Rossouw


Referee: Nic Berry

Assistant 1: Ben O'Keeffe

Assistant 2: Brendon Pickerill

TMO: Glenn Newman


Supplied by Bet365 

Hurricanes  - $1.16

Bulls - $5.25


Henry Speight returns to the Brumbies side for their quarter-final. Photo: WalmsleyStar speedster Henry Speight will return to the Brumbies side to take on the Sharks in their quarter-final in a week where coach Dan McKellar had some brutal calls to make.

Speight has missed the past two matches with a foot injury but the 31-year-old has been cleared for the sudden-death match in a boost for the ACT side.

Wingers Speight and Toni Pulu return to the backline while Tom Cusack and Pete Samu start in the backrow ahead of Locky McCaffrey and Jahrome Brown.

Aside from Speight who was injured, that group were all given a lighter load or sat out last weekend's win over the Reds entirely after playing a heap of minutes this season.

McKellar said they had earned their starting spots from their form throughout the season.


Brumbies to face Sharks

Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Pete Samu, Joe Powell, Christian Lealiifano, Toni Pulu, Irae Simone, Tevita Kuridrani, Henry Speight, Tom Banks. Reserves: Connal McInerney, James Slipper, Les Makin, Darcy Swain, Locky McCaffrey, Jahrome Brown, Matt Lucas, Tom Wright

Sharks to face Brumbies

Mzamo Majola, Kerron van Vuuren, Coenie Oosthuizen, Ruben van Heerden, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Tyler Paul, Daniel du Preez, Louis Schreuder, Robert du Preez, Makazole Mapimpi, Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhanyo Am, Sbu Nkosi, Curwin Bosch. Reserves: Cullen Collopy, Juan Schoeman, Thomas du Toit, Gideon Koegelenberg, Luke Stringer, Cameron Wright, Jeremy Ward, Rhyno Smith


Referee: Mike Fraser

Assistant 1: Angus Gardner

Assistant 2: Graham Cooper

TMO: James Leckie


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Brumbies - $1.40

Sharks  - $3.00