At least now we know who stays for 2018 Season, as far as South Africa is concerned. As we draw to a close in 2017, only 8 teams left to battle it out, to be crowned Super Rugby Champions 2017, Lions, Sharks, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Crusaders and Highlanders.
First playoff: Brumbies host Hurricanes at GIO Stadium in Canberra – 11:35am CAT
Every rugby fan has the right to call this a, “One sided affair” because of the way Australian teams have performed in this years Super Rugby. Brumbies lost to a struggling Reds team a fortnight ago. They have also had a week off, but i doubt that will be of any relevance for this fixture. Hurricanes come off a convincing win over New Zealand Conference Champions, the Crusaders. Plus we will see the return of Allblacks hooker, Dane Coles, which will be a big boost for the Wellington side.
Hurricanes by 10
Crusaders vs Highlanders: 09:35am CAT
These teams have met twice this year and on both occasions, the Crusaders have pipped the Highlanders in injury time, beating them by 3 points, in Dunedin 27 – 30 and in Christchurch 25 – 22.
Tough call to make but ill back the home side, the Crusaders to win by 2.
Lions vs Sharks: 14:30pm CAT
Sharks travelling to Johannesburg hoping to cause a big upset this season, when they meet the Lions for the second time in two weeks. Curwin Bosch could be the difference on Saturday, if the Sharks are to cause any trouble for the Lions. Last week the Sharks lost on home soil, Golden Lions are favourites to win this Play-Off.
Lions by 8
Stormers vs Chiefs: 17:00pm CAT
This is the second time these to teams meet in the play-offs. Last year an immature Stormers team struggled to keep up with the Chiefs tempo. This year, the Stormers look more “organized” and theyve beaten the Chiefs during the Round Robin stage. Chiefs are a different beast in knock-out stages of Super Rugby. Stormers have difficult task ahead of them
Stormers by 1