After 19 Rounds and 120 matches of the regular season, the quarter-finalists for the 2018 Super Rugby tournament have been confirmed.
The four quarter-final hosts are the three conference winners – ranked 1 to 3 based on total tournament points – and the next best team based on total competition points regardless of conference.
The four next best teams based on total competition points – ranked 5 to 8 – will travel for their respective quarter-final matches.
The Crusaders finished the regular season as New Zealand conference winners and the highest ranked team in the tournament thanks to 14 wins, while in the South African conference the winner was determined when the Lions beat the Bulls on Saturday.
In the Australian conference, the Waratahs finished top despite a last week loss to the Brumbies. The last quarter-final host was also determined on the last weekend of action when the Hurricanes, despite a loss to the Chiefs, finished as the best wildcard team to be ranked fourth at the end of the regular season.
The four wildcards earning quarter-final spots after finishing ranked 5 to 8 are the Chiefs, Highlanders, Jaguares (who make their Super Rugby finals debut) and Sharks who all won in the last week of the tournament to cement their places.
SUPER RUGBY QUARTER-FINALISTS
2018 QUARTER-FINAL DRAW
SCHEDULE (Times local)
Fri July 20: Hurricanes v Chiefs, Westpac Stadium, Wellington @ 7:35pm
Sat July 21: Crusaders v Sharks, AMI Stadium, Christchurch @ 7:35pm
Sat July 21: Waratahs v Highlanders, Allianz Stadium, Sydney @ 8:05pm
Sat July 21 Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg @ 3:05pm
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