So, we’ve got two teams through to the Super 14 semi-finals. A good achievement, can either team go on to make it a great achievement? Let’s take a look at what past form reveals about their play-off credentials.
Won 8 matches from 11, ended 3rd on the log and faced the Blues in the semi-final in Auckland, going down to a heavy 8 try to 1 loss, 48-11.
Won 7 matches from 11, ended 3rd on the log and faced the Waratahs in the semi-final in Sydney, going down 23-13.
Won 7 matches from 13, ended 4th on the log and faced the Crusaders in the semi-final in Christchurch, going down 35-15.
Won 9 matches from 13, ended 2nd on the log and will face the Crusaders in Pretoria. The first time a Bulls team has had a home semi-final and it’s a guarantee that Loftus will be sold out.
Won 6 matches from 11, ended 4th on the log and faced the Reds in the semi-final in Brisbane, thumping them 43-25. They then met the Blues in the final in Auckland, in turn receiving a fairly hefty thumping, 45-21.
Won 5 matches from 11, ended 4th on the log and faced the Blues in the semi-final in Auckland, going down in a high scoring affair, 55-36.
Won 7 matches from 11, ended 3rd on the log and faced the Crusaders in the semi-final in Christchurch, very narrowly going down, 36-32.
Won 8 matches from 11, ended 2nd on the log and faced the Lions in the semi-final in Durban, easily going through to their 2nd final, 30-12. In the final they came up against a rampant Brumbies in Canberra and went down to a heavy loss, 36-6, only conceding three tries though.
Won 10 matches from 13, ended 1st on the log and will face the Blues in Durban, their second semi-final at home. Expect a packed King’s Park as the Sharks take heart from their earlier victory over the Blues in Auckland and remind themselves that the Stormers and Bulls have also beaten them recently in SA.
So, which, if any, South African team will continue their fine form and go through to the final? Or will they stir all local fans hearts and both make it through for the first all-South African final?
One things for sure, all South African rugby fans will be cheering both teams on, Go Bulls, Go Sharks!