Cheetahs to tackle Brumbies
Cape Town - SANZAR has announced the
schedule for next weekend’s Super Rugby qualifiers which kick-off the 2013
Super Rugby finals series.
By finishing the season as the
competition’s two highest-ranked conference winners, the Chiefs (66 points, 12
wins) and the Bulls (63 points, 12 wins) have earned the week off and progress
straight to the semi-finals where they await the winners of next weekend’s
The Crusaders enter the playoffs as the
top-ranked ‘wildcard’ team and secured a home game with a 25-17 win over the
Hurricanes. They welcome the Reds to Christchurch in what looms as a thrilling
re-match of the 2011 Super Rugby final. The Reds only needed one point on
Saturday to overtake the Cheetahs into fifth spot and beat the Waratahs 14-12.
The Brumbies claimed the Australian
Conference but with 60 points and 10 wins, they finish as the third-ranked
conference winner and are subsequently thrust into a showdown with the
sixth-ranked Cheetahs who had a bye in the final round of the regular season.
Once the qualifiers have been played, the
lowest ranked winner of the two matches will play the Chiefs in Hamilton, with
the winner of the other qualifier scheduled to take on the Bulls in Pretoria on
the weekend of July 27 & 28.
SANZAR will confirm the Super Rugby semi-finals schedule immediately following
the Brumbies v Cheetahs clash on Sunday.
The referees for the respective qualifiers will also be confirmed next week.
Super Rugby qualifier A:
Saturday, July 20:
Crusaders v Reds
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Kick-off: 09: 35 (SA time)
Super Rugby qualifier B:
Sunday, 21 July, 2013
Brumbies v Cheetahs
Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia
Kick-off: 08:10 (SA time)