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Super Rugby play-offs confirmed
ESPN Staff
July 13, 2013
The Blues' Rene Ranger is up-ended by the Chiefs' defence, Blues v Chiefs, Super Rugby, Eden Park, Auckland, July 13, 2013
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The line-up for this year's Super Rugby play-offs has been confirmed following the final round of the regular season.

The Crusaders will play host to the Reds and the Brumbies will tackle the Cheetahs in the semi-final qualifiers next weekend with the Chiefs and the Bulls waiting for them in the final four.

The Chiefs claimed the New Zealand Conference title with a 26-16 victory over the Blues in Auckland on Saturday. The result also took them to the top of the overall table and means they will have home advantage for as long as they remain in the play-offs as the Bulls, their only rivals for the top spot, slumped to a 30-13 defeat to the Stormers in the final game of the round.

Both sides are guaranteed a place in the semi-finals and will enjoy a week off as the battle for the remaining two spots plays out. The Crusaders secured home advantage in the first round of the play-offs next weekend with a 25-17 victory over the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Friday night. The Crusaders' reward is a home tie against the Reds after they secured the runners-up spot in the Australian Conference and fifth place on the overall ladder with a narrow 14-12 victory over the Waratahs.

The Brumbies were already confirmed as the Australian Conference winners and had a chance to force their way into the top two overall but were beaten 21-15 by the Western Force. That result set up a date with the Cheetahs who enjoyed a bye in this round safe in the knowledge they had already qualified for the play-offs.

Play-off schedule:

Week 1:

Saturday, July 20
(4) Crusaders v (5) Reds
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Kick-off (1935 local, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT, 0735 GMT)

Sunday, July 21
(3) Brumbies v (6) Cheetahs
Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia
Kick-off (1610 local, 1810 NZT, 0810 SAT, 0610 GMT)

Week 2 - July 26/27:

(2) Bulls v Highest-ranked winner from Week 1
(1) Chiefs v Other winner from Week 1

Week 3 - August 3:
Winner of semi-final with highest ranking v other winning semi-finalist

Super Rugby Table:

Position Team Conference Points
1. Chiefs New Zealand Conference 66
2. Bulls South African Conference 63
3. Brumbies Australian Conference 60
4. Crusaders Wildcard 60
5. Reds Wildcard 58
6. Cheetahs Wildcard 54

Super Rugby Conferences Tables:

Australian
Pos Team P W D L Bye F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Brumbies 16 10 2 4 2 430 295 +135 43 31 5 3 60
2 Reds 16 10 2 4 2 321 296 +25 31 23 4 2 58
3 Waratahs 16 8 0 8 2 411 371 +40 45 34 1 4 45
4 Melbourne Rebels 16 5 0 11 2 382 515 -133 44 65 4 5 37
5 Force 16 4 1 11 2 267 366 -99 26 34 0 5 31


New Zealand
Pos Team P W D L Bye F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Chiefs 16 12 0 4 2 458 364 +94 50 38 8 2 66
2 Crusaders 16 11 0 5 2 446 307 +139 44 31 5 3 60
3 Blues 16 6 0 10 2 347 364 -17 40 36 6 6 44
4 Hurricanes 16 6 0 10 2 386 457 -71 41 49 4 5 41
5 Highlanders 16 3 0 13 2 374 496 -122 40 55 4 5 29


South African
Pos Team P W D L Bye F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Bulls 16 12 0 4 2 448 330 +118 41 34 5 2 63
2 Cheetahs 16 10 0 6 2 382 358 +24 38 32 2 4 54
3 Stormers 16 9 0 7 2 346 292 +54 30 18 1 5 50
4 Sharks 16 8 0 8 2 384 305 +79 40 31 3 5 48
5 Southern Kings 16 3 1 12 2 298 564 -266 27 69 2 0 24

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