There are just four teams remaining in Super Rugby after the quarter finals and at the end of the weekend there will be two teams remaining.
Both of the Semi-Finals will be played on Saturday and the Super Rugby Final will take place next Saturday.
The Super Rugby Final will either be held in Johannesburg, Christchurch, or Wellington.
Crusaders v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview
Seven time Super Rugby champions the Crusaders host two time champions the Chiefs in the first of the two Semi-finals.
The Crusaders and Chiefs have already met once this year and the Crusaders won the match 31-24 in Suva.
Out of the last five matches between the Crusaders and Chiefs the Crusaders have won one. Overall the Crusaders have played the Chiefs 30 times and they have won 17 matches and lost 13.
On home soil the Crusaders have played the Chiefs 13 times and won 8 matches and lost five. That gives the a record of winning 62% of their matches.
The average score when the Crusaders play the Chiefs on home soil is : Crusaders 28 Chiefs 19.
While the Crusaders have home advantage for this match they have also had the benefit of being at home for the last two weeks. In contrast the Chiefs played the Brumbies in the final round and then had to fly to Cape Town South Africa for their quarter-final and for this week’s match they had to fly back to New Zealand.
The Bookies have given the Chiefs an 8 point start for this Match – with an
offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Given the Crusaders form this season – they have only lost one match – and their home advantage the Crusaders should win by 6.
Average score: Crusaders 26 Chiefs 21
Last five results
Fri, 19 May 2017 Crusaders v Chiefs 31-24 Suva
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 Crusaders v Chiefs 13-23 Suva
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 Crusaders v Chiefs 21-27 Christchurch
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 Crusaders v Chiefs 9-26 Christchurch
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 Crusaders v Chiefs 16-40 Hamilton
Crusaders overall record against the Chiefs
Played 30 , Wins 17, Losses 13 , Draws 0
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O’Keeffe
TMO : Glenn Newman
1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C), 6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd (VC), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Seta Tamanivalu , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Israel Dagg, 15. David Havili,
Replacements: 16. Ben Funnell , 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Luke Romano , 20. Pete Samu, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. George Bridge,
1. Kane Hames, 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Mitchell Brown , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane (cc), 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (cc), 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Damian McKenzie
Replacements : 16. Liam Polwart, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Atu Moli , 19. Dominic Bird, 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Stephen Donald , 23. Shaun Stevenson
Lions v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview
The Lions host the Hurricanes in the second Super Rugby Semi-final and this match is a rematch of last year’s Super Rugby final.
This match will be the first time that the Lions have faced a New Zealand team this year due to the draw. Ironically the last time the Lions faced a NZ team it was the final which the Hurricanes won 20-3.
The match was the Hurricanes eighth successive victory over the Lions as the Johannesburg franchise last beat the Wellington side in 2007. `
Overall the Lions have played the Hurricanes 18 times in Super rugby history and they have won 3 matches and lost 15.
The average score when the Lions play the Hurricanes is : Lions 22 Hurricanes 31. In Johannesburg when the teams meet the average score is : Lions 25 Hurricanes 29.
The last time these teams faced each other in Johannesburg was last year in April and the Hurricanes won the match 17-50.
The Lions finished the season on top of the standings and while they could only play who they were drawn to play they had an easier draw than the Hurricanes. The Lions Africa 2 Conference was not nearly as competitive as the Hurricanes New Zealand Conference. As a result the Hurricanes should be a more hardened and tested team.
A concern for the Lions is that they needed a late penalty to scrape home last week against the Sharks who finished the season as the last placed qualifier.
The Hurricanes will give the Lions a considerably sterner test.
The Lions will have home advantage but the Hurricanes have had an extra day of rest as they played the Brumbies on Friday last week.
The Lions have not lost at home this season while the Hurricanes have not lost to away from home to a non New Zealand team.
The Bookies have given the Lions a 1 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. While the Lions have home advantage they are up against the defending champions who know how to reach Super Rugby finals. History shows they also now how to beat the Lions. The Hurricanes should win this by 6.
Average score: Lions 22 Hurricanes 31
Last five results
Sat, 06 Aug 2016 Final Lions v Hurricanes 3-20 Wellington
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 Lions v Hurricanes 17-50 Johannesburg
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 Lions v Hurricanes 8-22 Johannesburg
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 Lions v Hurricanes 28-30 Johannesburg
Sat, 04 Jun 2011 Lions v Hurricanes 27-38 Wellington
Lions overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 18 , Wins 3, Losses 15, Draws 0
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO : Marius Jonker
1. Jacques van Rooyen , 2. Malcolm Marx , 3. Ruan Dreyer , 4. Andries Ferreira , 5. Franco Mostert , 6. Jaco Kriel © , 7. Albertus “Kwagga” Smith , 8. Ruan Ackermann , 9. Ross Cronje , 10. Elton Jantjies , 11. Courtnall Skosan , 12. Harold Vorster , 13. Lionel Mapoe , 14. Ruan Combrinck , 15. Andries Coetzee
Replacements : 16. Akker vd Merwe , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Johannes Jonker , 19. Lourens Erasmus , 20. Cyle Brink , 21. Faf de Klerk , 22. Rohan Janse van Rensburg , 23. Sylvian Mahuza
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Ben May
Replacements : 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black,23 Julian Savea