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It is the final dash for most teams to make playoffs


With seven rounds left it makes for interesting reading who in the South African conference will get that top spot and secure a home quarter final.

The Sharks lead the group at this stage with 26 points but they have a game in hand on the Bulls and Jaguares who sits nicely on 24 and 23 points respectively.

Behind them the Stormers are with also 23 points and the Lions sits at the bottom at the moment with 22.

The winner of this group will most properly be decided by which team have to play who and where.

Let’s look at the Sharks first who have finished who are still busy touring in New Zealand.

Sharks to play: Crusaders 3 May (Away), Chiefs 11 May (Away), Lions 25 May (Home), Hurricanes 1 June (Home), Jaguares 8 June (Away), Stormers 15 June (Away)

Two home games against the Hurricanes and Lions with four away games against the Crusaders, Chiefs, Jaguares and Stormers.

That is a difficult run-in for a Sharks team who has under perform all year.

Now if we look at the Bulls, then you quickly realise that they still have to tour to New Zealand and Australia.

That in itself is making their task even harder.

Bulls to play: Waratahs 4 May (Home), Crusaders 10 May (Home), Rebels 17 May (Away), Brumbies 24 May (Away), Blues 31 May (Away), Highlanders 7 June (Away), Lions 15 June (Home)

The Bulls have four difficult away games but they have still three home games although one of them is against the Crusaders. At Loftus anything can happen but as tough as you can get it with where they sit on the log.

The Lions are on their way back from New Zealand with a crucial win over the Chiefs.

There biggest problem will be to see who will stay fit and how many of their injured players can they get back before their next game against the Waratahs.

Lions to play: Waratahs 11 May (Home), Highlanders 18 May (Home), Sharks 25 May (Away), Stormers 1 June (Home), Hurricanes 8 June (Home), Bulls 15 June (Away)

The Lions have enough home games to get them back in contention but a critical part for them will be the status on their injured players and also where coach Swys are in coming back to the team.

Only away games for the Lions are two derbies against the Sharks and the Bulls which they are capable of winning so it all comes down to winning their home matches.

It will all start next weekend against the Waratahs.

The Stormers may have done their Australasia tour, but that does not mean they have an easy run-in.

Stormers to play: Jaguares 4 May (Away), Crusaders 18 May (Home), Highlanders 24 May (Home), Lions 31 May (Away), Sunwolves 8 June (Home), Sharks 15 June (Home).

This coming weekend match away against the Jaguares has become so important for the Stormers, specially because they will have to face the Crusaders two weeks from then at home.

They still have the Lions away after the Jaguares game with three home matches which may be tricky.

The Jaguares are also a team that still needs to tour New Zealand and Australia.

Jaguares to play: Stormers 4 May (Home), Highlanders 11 June (Away), Hurricanes 17 May (Away), Waratahs 25 May (Away), Reds 1 June (Away), Sharks 14 June (Home), Sunwolves 15 June(Home)

This is a very difficult schedule for the Jaguares and they will have to pull the same performances as last year on tour otherwise they will fade away.

Two of their home games are against the Stormers and Sharks which makes it a tricky one, because you never know what you going to get from them on the day.

I am not a betting man and with schedules like this I am defiantly not going to start now.

It is going to be interesting to see how this develop as teams do not are all competing for those wild card spots does not matter from which conference.

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