The Crusaders travel to Auckland to take on the Blues in a last ditch effort to keep their season alive.
Okay, it is probably not last ditch, considering they have won their last two matches.
Should the Crusaders lose this match, their season will be over. It is as simple as that, no permutations, no points difference calculations, they need to win to stay in the running.
The Blues are already out of the competition, but could end as high as 7th, with a bonus point win over the Crusaders.
The result of this match will draw a massive amount of interest from South African, with the Sharks requiring the Blues to win to keep the Sharks’ play-off chances alive. Again very simple, The Blues need to win for the Sharks to stay in it a little bit longer.
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 Local time, 09:35 SA time
Referee: Bryce Lawrence
ARs: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Jonathan White (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
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