Is embarrassment the reason behind the normal sources have conspicuously shied away from pondering what the Super Rugby quarter-finals might look like? The tournament is past the halfway stage so you’d normally expect some crystal ball gazing. Anyway, filling the vacuum, here it is
The four so-called Conference winners get the top seeds, and get to play at home. The out-of-control crazy Wild Cards get to play away.
So, going from the current tables (and you never see a combined table because that is not a good look we have this:
Then the next best; three from the Australia – New Zealand super conference, one from the South Africa – Argentina – Japan – Singapore super-mega conference.
Note how some of those numbers are higher than some of those other numbers. Collectively 10 points in fact.
Anyway, from a matrix system, the quarter-finals are as follows.
Crusaders v Bulls.
Thanks for coming; the hosts do not need to travel.
Stormers v Hurricanes
Probably the most interesting match of the round. The Canes could do it, but good luck for a potential semi after the round-the-world trip.
Lions v Highlanders
Well, the Hurricanes put 50 points on the Lions at the Ellis Park sludge. It’s hard to see the Highlanders not replicating that.
Brumbies v Chiefs
Brumbies, 25 points, at home to the Chiefs, 37 points. That is the one that says it all.