Cheetahs to tackle Brumbies

    2013-07-13 22:49
    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 playoff games.

    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)

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