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Seven can still make the play-offs


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 11 May 2009 at 07:44
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And then there were seven! Yes, the race for Super 14 play-off places has officially been reduced to just seven teams.

Round 13 indeed provided us with Super Rugby’s version of musical chairs.

The Bulls went from third to first, through some Bryan Habana magic. They now need just one point – a point of any description – from their match against the Sharks to secure a top four spot. But to get home ground advantage in the play-offs they need to beat the Sharks … with a bonus point.

The Hurricanes went from first to third, as the Chiefs cemented their place in the top two by beating their compatriots in a rain-soaked Hamilton. It is going to get very interesting, as the Chiefs face the Brumbies in the final leg and the latter have a shot at the play-offs.

The Hurricanes travel to Brisbane to face the lowly Reds – you have to bank on the ‘Canes getting five points there.

The dark horse appears to be the defending champion Crusaders, who – after a very ordinary start to the season that included three defeats and a draw in their first five matches – now have some genuine momentum. They do need some results to go their way and face the Blues in Auckland in the last weekend, but they can still even still finish top of the standings with a big enough win.

The Brumbies (5th place) and Sharks (6th) have to overcome teams in the top four – the Brumbies up against the Chiefs and the Sharks meeting the Bulls.

The seventh-placed Waratahs face the Lions in their last league match and need a number of results to go their way, but could even finish second. However, they will need to show a willingness to discard their defensive-minded game and play for a four-try bonus point.

Those who fell out of the race in the penultimate round of league matches are the Blues and the Western Force – as they joined the Highlanders, Lions, Stormers, Reds and Cheetahs in the ‘playing for pride’ stakes.

Needless to say, in the final round several teams are going to knock each out of the race and – once again – it will go down to the wire.

In fact it will certainly come down to the very last league match of the season, when the Sharks host the Bulls in Durban on Saturday, May 16, to sort out the final places.

Courtesy of Jan De Koning of Rugby 365



13 Comments

  • 1 week of round robin left and half the teams still have a shot…

    Good return I would reckon.

    Can someone take this to O’Neill and tell him this comp needs $#*&# all fixing?

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.09 08:14:01 by Morné Reply
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  • Bulls:
    Current position:
    1st
    Best possible finish: 1st
    Worst possible finish: 5th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Sharks, Durban

    Chiefs:
    Current position:
    2nd
    Best possible finish: 1st
    Worst possible finish: 7th
    Remaining match:
    May 15: v Brumbies, Hamilton

    Hurricanes:
    Current position:
    3rd
    Best possible finish: 1st
    Worst possible finish: 7th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Reds, Brisbane

    Crusaders:
    Current position:
    4th
    Best possible finish: 1st
    Worst possible finish: 7th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Blues, Auckland

    Brumbies:
    Current position:
    5th
    Best possible finish: 1st
    Worst possible finish: 7th
    Remaining match:
    May 15: v Chiefs, Hamilton

    Sharks:
    Current position:
    6th
    Best possible finish: 2nd
    Worst possible finish: 9th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Bulls, Durban

    Waratahs:
    Current position:
    7th
    Best possible finish: 2nd
    Worst possible finish: 9th
    Remaining match:
    May 15: v Lions, Johannesburg

    Western Force:
    Current position:
    8th
    Best possible finish: 6th
    Worst possible finish: 9th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Highlanders, Perth

    Blues:
    Current position:
    9th
    Best possible finish: 6th
    Worst possible finish: 9th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Crusaders, Auckland

    Highlanders:
    Current position:
    10th
    Best possible finish: 10
    Worst possible finish: 12th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Force, Perth

    Lions:
    Current position:
    11th
    Best possible finish: 10th
    Worst possible finish: 12th
    Remaining match:
    May 15: v Waratahs, Johannesburg

    Stormers:
    Current position:
    12th
    Best possible finish: 10th
    Worst possible finish: 13th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Cheetahs, Bloemfontein

    Reds:
    Current position:
    13th
    Best possible finish: 12th
    Worst possible finish: 13th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Hurricanes, Brisbane

    Cheetahs:
    Current position:
    14
    Best possible finish: 14th
    Worst possible finish: 14th
    Remaining match:
    May 16: v Stormers, Bloemfontein

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.09 08:21:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 1) :

    No O’Neill will argue that no other competition should think of expanding in these trying times but the S14 must. :???:

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.05.09 08:22:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Stormers playing for pride? To late for that, that hope went out the window at the end of round 5.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.05.09 08:50:27 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Ah…playing the IF game…such fun… :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.05.09 08:54:42 by blackshark Reply

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  • do we actually want to see the sharks play another game this season. spare us all the agony and knock them out.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.05.09 09:11:32 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • had the pricks scored two more bp’s the situation would have been so different. it is hard to score when your fullback is giving the ball back to the opposition. well time adolf earnt his pay cheque and he recruits someone decent. this looks like the performance we got when he was bok coach.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.05.09 09:14:49 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • 5 of the 8 teams below us have scored more tries than us. that is embarrassing. that has always been the sharks strong point.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.05.09 09:17:10 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 6) :
    Really low on the confidence(arrogance) levels huh? :smile:

    Can’t say I blame you – looking at how we are playing…it’s really hard to pick any team that we can beat.

    Most of the top teams keep getting better every week…and we’re going the opposite way. Really unlike the Sharks to lose form like that as the competition progressed.

    Well, I’m not gonna hold my breath…cross my fingers or worry myself with the different permutations for the whole week. We’ll see what happens during the weekend.

    I still hope we can squeeze through though…SHARKS forever!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.05.09 09:38:20 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 9) : what it does show is the sharks can’t carry a favourites title. 2 years in a row they have thrown top of the log out the window due to ineptness.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.05.09 09:45:20 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • chokers is actually not far off what the sharks are.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.05.09 09:46:02 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • So who will be the Last Man Standing?

    Dylanators – Vodacom Cheetahs
    flop – Vodacom Cheetahs
    Hoolies – Vodacom Cheetahs
    Predators – Vodacom Cheetahs
    Rahulplett – Vodacom Cheetahs
    Sharks 2009 – Vodacom Cheetahs
    Whindy’s Winners – Vodacom Cheetahs

    The Punters – HSBC Waratahs

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.05.09 12:24:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • we’ll know our fate saturday morning after the blues vs saders match, but plum and muller are the actual deciders of our fate or has been thus far

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.05.09 13:31:41 by JarsonX Reply
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