At the end of it all the Sharks got the help from the Highlanders, the Lions got their help from the Brumbies which means the Lions ends second on the overall log and the Sharks take the last wild card spot for the playoffs.
We not going to talk about my predictions, because the only word one can use to describe it is rubbish 🤣.
My Superbru lies in tatters as Robbie Flecks Stormers and it yet again proof I must stay away from betting.
But back to the rugby….
Our quarter finals have been made up with the Hurricanes and the Chiefs that will tackle each other on Friday.
The Sharks will travel to New Zealand and face the inform Crusaders on Saturday morning.
The Waratahs will host the Highlanders and the Lions will welcome the Jaguares in Jo’burg.
It means that the Jaguares, two South African sides, one Aussie side and four New Zealand sides have qualified for this years playoffs.
Here is the standings at the end of the regular season…
There was an upset or two in the last weekend of Super Rugby. The weekend started with Chiefs v Hurricanes
The Chiefs did enough on Friday to get the win after a perfect start against the quality Hurricanes side.
This will give them some confidence going into their playoff match this weekend.
The Chiefs kept the Hurricanes pinned in their half and force them to make allot of tackles.
What made this win even better for the Chiefs was that they had to play with 14 men for the last quarter of the match.
They raced to a 21-0 lead but the Hurricanes did found their game and came back at them.
At one stage the lead was just two points but the Chiefs had enough to extend that lead and take the win.
It will be a massive game this weekend and the Hurricanes will this time play infront of their home fans.
Next up on Friday was the dead-rubber Reds v Sunwolves match as the Sunwolves was trying to get their first away win.
It was not mend to be as the Reds was good enough for a win in their last match infront of their fans.
48-27 Final score say it all as the Sunwolves end the season with 13 losses with only 14 league points from 16 matches.
The are yet again on the bottom of the log and although they did have some better games this season, they are still not good enough for this competition.
The Reds ends the season in 13th place with 6 wins.
The Highlanders went into the Rebels match resting some key players and still had enough to beat the Rebels.
The Rebels had just to win the match to make their first playoffs but it was not mend to be.
At some stages the Rebels had the upper-hand in the match but as so many times this season they led it slipped.
The Highlanders have been impressive this season at home and they will take this win to face the Waratahs next weekend.
The Rebels ends the season in 9th place as the second best Aussie side but just not good enough for a playoff spot.
The Highlanders ends the season 6th spot.
Although the Blues held the Crusaders for as long as they could in their last match, the defending champions was just too good for the struggling Blues side.
At the end they put 54 points against them and showed why many believe that they will lift the trophy come the final.
They ended the season on top of the overall log which means if someone whats to take their trophy away from them they will have to come and do it in their backyard.
The less said about the Blues the better. They ended the season in 14th place with 12 losses which is just not goof enough specially for a New Zealand team.
One wonder if their is a place for a fifth New Zealand team?
The upset in the last weekend came from the Brumbies who beat the Waratahs 40-31.
The Waratahs ended the season on top of the Aussie conference and secured therefore a home quarter final match.
With the crooked Super Rugby system they could have ended second overall but loss that to the Lions.
On straight log points they are in 6th position on the log but due to the SANZAAR conference system they found them with a home playoff game and third on the log.
Proving yet again that SANZAAR rewards mediocre and not the top sides.
They will host the Highlanders at home next weekend.
The Brumbies had a much better second half of the season and they ended 10th on the log with 7 wins.
The Lions knew exactly what to do to make sure they ended on top of the South African conference and secure second place on the log.
They got a huge scare from the Bulls who raced to a 12-0 lead after scoring two quick tries at the start of the match.
The Lions started to play their game and force their strong pack on the Bulls which gave them most of the ball and field position.
They quickly closed the gab on the Bulls lead and never really looked that they will loose the game after that.
38-12 Sounds like a massive score but the game was much closer than that as the Bulls made the Lions work hard for ever point.
It was a good game for the Lions to prepare for next weekend match against the Jaguares.
The performance was not perfect from the Lions but they did show some signs of their great from from last year.
The pack is up there with the bets and Marx is just a freak of nature.
The wins means that the Lions will have a home quarter finals and semi final if they make it pass next weekend.
The Sharks match against the Jaguares was almost a good as the crowd that pitch of on Saturday but they did enough and had some help to get into the playoffs.
It sounds cruel but all the Sharks bought for them is another long flight to New Zealand to get dumped out of the competition by the Crusaders.
It will go down as one of the biggest upset if they manage to beat the Crusaders at home next week but from what we have seen from the team and their coaching team, they do not have it to take on a team like the Crusaders.
The Jaguares have now lost their last two matches both away from home and will have to travel to the Jo’burg to face the Lions.
They have been the the team that have improved the most this season and deserve the place they have in the playoffs.
They will however have to step up big time to beat the Lions as this weekend match was just not good enough.
They lack that killer instinct they shown at home and will need to get their pack to up there game against the Lions.
It is all guns blazing for the Jaguares and the Sharks next weekend or it will be their last part they will be playing in this years Super Rugby.