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2018 Super Rugby: playoff line-ups confirmed



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Following the conclusion of the Sharks and Jaguares Round 19 match which is the final match of the 2018 regular season, the teams have now been finalised for the playoffs.

The Sharks victory over the Jaguares moved them into the eighth and final playoff place and pushed the Rebels out of the playoff places.

The Crusaders finished the regular season in first place with 63 points while the Lions finished second with 46 points.

The Waratahs finished in third place overall with 44 points and are the only Australian team in the Super Rugby playoffs.

The Hurricanes finished with 51 points which makes them the best wildcard team based on tournament points regardless of conference.

The top four teams will all play home matches next weekend against the four next best wildcard teams (based on tournament points) regardless of conference.

2018 Super Rugby quarter-final teams

Super Rugby quarter-final draw

(all times local)

Quarter-final 2
Fri July 20:Westpac Stadium, Wellington @ 19:35
Quarter-final 1
Sat July 21: AMI Stadium, Christchurch @ 19:35
Quarter-final 4
Sat July 21: Allianz Stadium, Sydney @ 20:05
Quarter-final 3
Sat July 21: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg @ 15:05

Following the quarter-finals, the semi-finals will be as follows.

Pre-determined draw as follows (highest ranked team to host):

Super Rugby semi-final draw

Super Rugby semi-final 1
Winner QF 1
Winner QF 2
Super Rugby semi-final 2
Winner QF 3
Winner QF 4

The draw for the 2018 Super Rugby final will be as follows

Super Rugby final

Super Rugby grand final
Winner Super Rugby semi-final 1
Winner Super Rugby semi-final 2

Finals Matches – Tiebreaking Criteria:

If the teams are tied at full time in any finals series match then the following will apply until a winner is found:

Extra Time: played in two 10 minute periods with a two-minute halftime
Sudden Death: played for up to 10 minutes with the first team to score declared the winner
Kicking Competition: If no result comes from the sudden death period a goal kicking competition will decide the winner

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  1. Graeme

    15th July 2018 at 12:15 am

    The whole series is stacked against NZ teams. we get the most points and the knockouts are designed to eliminate us – there is no way the best teams end up in the final.
    Why can’t the series be returned to all teams play all the others, then the best eight play off.

    • Kenny

      17th July 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Totally agree my comrade

    • Leon

      21st July 2018 at 10:42 am

      I think they should do away with superrugby . The distances between countries are too far to travel and season is too long . Just stick to old traditional international tests and then provincial games .
      They tried to follow European club rugby but the distances are not anywhere near those between European countries .

    • geoffnorman42

      21st July 2018 at 1:09 pm

      I agree, seems stacked against NZ teams. The Waratahs get to host with an inferior win percentage. That’s a joke. Even looking through who played against NZ teams during the season makes good reading. Certainly not fair, unless you support an Australian team. And we know all the arguments about distance!
      No doubt those running SANZAR have looked at the implications of having the finals just between those with the highest points, irrespective of Conference, and have determined the financial rewards are greater the way it is.
      Yeah, sucks big time. At least we have the “unbiased” Fox Sports commentators, ha ha!

  2. Kenny

    15th July 2018 at 8:52 pm

    The predetermined semi-finals draw sucks, in fact its outrageous. Both the Hurricanes and Chiefs finished the regular season ahead of both the Lions and Waratahs, but yet cannot host a semi-final. After the quarter finals, it is supposed to be the highest ranked teams to host the semi-finals, hence this format sucks. The conference system sucks, what happened to strength vs strength.

  3. Kenny Paulus

    16th July 2018 at 6:54 am

    What happens when the Sharks beat the Crusaders, do they host the semi-final, likewise with the Jaguars, how does this make sense?

  4. Kenny Paulus

    16th July 2018 at 8:09 am

    What happens when the Sharks beat the Crusaders and the Jaguars beats the Lions, do they then host the semi-finals, that would be outrageous wouldn’t it, that’s what the format stipulates ha ha.

    • Super Rugby

      16th July 2018 at 10:51 am

      The highest ranked teams always get the hosting rights. The Sharks cannot host the final. In theory the Jaguares could host the final as they finished higher. If the Sharks do beat the Crusaders they would play the winner of the Hurricanes v Chiefs match. Both of those teams finished much higher than the Sharks so they would host the Semi-final. Should the Jaguares beat the Lions they would play the winner of the Waratahs v Highlanders.

      • Kenny

        17th July 2018 at 12:38 pm

        I agree and know that but if the Lions win, should they then not play away to the Canes or Chiefs, cause both of them finished higher on the table than the Lions where points are concerned, taking for granted that Saders and the Tahs win of course, so it must come down to log rankings which means the Saders play the Tahs and the Canes/Chiefs host the Lions, that makes a lot more sense, why have conference winners get to host semi-finals if they have inferior points, have a look at the log standings after the quarters and then it should come down to 1vs4 and 2vs3, does that not make sense.

  5. Red Menace

    18th July 2018 at 12:57 am

    The line for the Semi draw is, “Pre-determined draw as follows (highest ranked team to host):” The line – “highest ranked team to host” is the important bit.

    The ranking of teams is where they finished on the table not by the amount of competition points.

    If the home teams win the Q-Final games then the draw printed is correct. If both the Waratahs and Lions lose (possible), then The Hurricanes or Chiefs would host a semi final. Of course the Crusaders will win their game and host a semi against the lowest ranked team.


  6. Leon

    21st July 2018 at 10:47 am

    They should stop superrugby format because distances between countries like Argentina , SA and Australasia are too great and season is too long . They tried to copy European Club rugby because of potential to make money but distances are nowhere near distances travelled in Europe

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