ESPN SCRUM

/ Super Rugby 2014

/ News

Super Rugby
Super Rugby play-offs decided
ESPN Staff
July 13, 2014
The Crusaders secured a home final after they hammered the Highlanders on Saturday © Getty Images
Enlarge

New Zealand conference champions the Crusaders have secured a home semi-final and a week off after South African conference champions the Sharks failed to claim a bonus point in their 34-10 win over the Stormers as the Super Rugby regular season drew to a close on Saturday.

The Sharks required a bonus-point victory to bump the Crusaders out of second place on the overall Super Rugby table. But the South African outfit fell one try and one point short, forcing them to settle for third place and a home qualifier against the Highlanders next week.

A Crusaders 34-8 demolition of the Highlanders saw the Canterbury side lock down the New Zealand conference while the Highlanders, who have lost four of their last six matches, sneaked into the playoffs in sixth place.

Two-time defending champions the Chiefs, who booked a third straight playoff berth with a scrappy 11-8 victory over the Blues on Friday, qualify as the fifth-placed team, and will head to Canberra to face the Brumbies in a rematch of the 2013 final. The Brumbies secured fourth place with a 47-25 hammering of the Western Force on Friday.

Australian conference champions the Waratahs, who had already secured the regular season title before the final round, have a bye into the semi-finals, where they will enjoy home-ground advantage. They crushed the Reds 34-3 in Brisbane to end the regular season on a seven-game winning streak.

The Super Rugby play-offs are as follows:

Qualifier A

Saturday, July 19 2014

19:40 local, 09:40 GMT

Brumbies v Chiefs, GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia

Qualifier B

Saturday, July 19 2014

17:05 local, 15:05 GMT

Sharks v Highlanders, Kings Park, Durban, South Africa

Semi-final A

Saturday, July 26 2014

Crusaders v higher ranked qualifier winner, AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Semi-final B

Saturday, July 26 2014

Waratahs v lower ranked qualifier winner, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Football

    Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev hit by flare

    Russia's match at Montenegro was temporarily suspended shortly after kick-off when Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev appeared to be struck by a flare fired from the stands

  • Rugby

    George North knocked out during Saints win

    Northampton star George North was knocked unconscious after scoring two tries during the Saints' 52-30 Aviva Premiership victory over London Wasps on Friday

  • Golf

    Fleetwood in Masters contention as Sullivan misses out

    George Coetzee and Tommy Fleetwood remained in contention to secure a place in the Masters as Andy Sullivan, Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fisher all missed out in Morocco

  • Tennis

    Murray cruises into Miami Open third round

    Andy Murray made a solid start in his quest for a third Miami Open title as he dispatched Donald Young to reach the third round in Florida

  • Football

    Kevin De Bruyne would consider Chelsea return

    Kevin De Bruyne would consider a move back to Chelsea despite barely featuring in his time at Stamford Bridge, sources told ESPN

  • Formula One

    Tough at the top

    Who has driven in the most GPs before taking pole position?

  • Formula 1

    F1 cost cutting: Not putting money where the mouth is

    Mudslinging and an agreement on something that will never happen, it's all in a day's work for a Formula One boss, as Maurice Hamilton explains...

  • Rugby

    Unsavoury sledging did not end with Potgieter

    Fallout continues from the NSW-Brumbies derby, with one Tahs forward - not Potgieter - surprised by other unsavoury comments during the game, Greg Growden reports

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby preview, team news, line-ups: Round 7

    Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 7. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks

  • Formula 1

    Storm clouds gather in Malaysia

    Will Mercedes dominate again? Can anybody catch up with the help of a rainstorm? And will the Red Bull/Renault relationship tear itself apart? All those questions and more will be answered at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix

  • News
  • Features
  • Inside Boxing

    'I've sparred with Klitschko and Fury - now I want Joshua'

    Unbeaten heavyweight Dillian Whyte, 28, (14-0, 11 KOs) tells ESPN where his rivalry with Anthony Joshua stems from and outlines the plan for his career this year after returning from a doping ban in November

  • UFC

    Top 10 best UFC fighters of all time

    Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner

  • Ask Steven

    Home front

    Who was the first Briton to win the British Grand Prix?

  • Ask Steven

    Pointless drivers

    Where does Anthony Davidson's record of 24 Grands Prix without a point rank him?

  • Ask Steven

    Home favourites

    How many F1 drivers have had one win, but done it at their home Grand Prix?

Sponsored Links

Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income