It’s back to the crystal ball to work out how the Super Rugby playoffs would play out if the season ended today:
Playoffs schedule

Crusaders (Seed 1) vs Sharks (Seed 8)
Lions (Seed 2) vs Hurricanes (Seed 7)

Stormers (seed 3) vs Highlanders (Seed 6)
Waratahs (Seed 4) vs Chiefs (Seed 5)
– Points difference really is the difference with the Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders all locked on 37 points. For the Chiefs and Highlanders it means a potential trip to Australia and South Africa respectively. The Hurricanes, who would top the other three conferences, are just a point back but that means the seventh seed.
– The Lions and Stormers swapped seeds but it still means they would host quarter-finals.
– The Waratahs are the new Australian Conference leaders, which would mean hosting the Chiefs in Sydney.
– The Brumbies drop out of the playoffs, sitting a point behind the eighth seed Sharks.
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– The Highlanders and Hurricanes have the bye so the Crusaders and Chiefs have a big chance to get ahead. The Crusaders host Waratahs, while the Chiefs host Rebels.
– The Brumbies also have the bye but may not lose ground unless the Waratahs upset the Crusaders.
– The Stormers play second placed Bulls in Africa 1 clash.
– The Sharks play the hopeless Kings with a good chance to move ahead of Lions who host the Jaguares.
Africa 1

Pos Team P Pts

1 Stormers 10 31

2 Bulls 10 28

3 Cheetahs 11 16

4 Sunwolves 10 9

Africa 2

Pos Team P Pts

1 Lions 10 32

2 Sharks 11 30

3 Jaguares 10 13

4 Kings 10 4

Australian

Pos Team P Pts

1 Waratahs 10 30

2 Brumbies 11 29

3 Rebels 10 23

4 Reds 11 12

5 Force 10 10

New Zealand

Pos Team P Pts

1 Crusaders 10 37

2 Chiefs 10 37

3 Highlanders 11 37

4 Hurricanes 11 36

5 Blues 10 25
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