Super Rugby play-offs confirmed

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 15 Jul 2012 at 09:34
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For the first time since the inaugural season of Super Rugby, back in 1996, the Sharks will travel Brisbane to take on the Reds in the first round of Super Rugby play-offs.

After a thrilling weekend of action that saw the Hurricanes and Brumbies cruelly denied places in the extended finals series, the Reds, Sharks and Bulls all powered their way into the next phase of the competition with good bonus-point wins against the Waratahs, Cheetahs and Lions respectively.

With the Hurricanes beating the Chiefs, yet falling crucially short of the four tries they needed, they missed out, while simultaneously opening the door for the Stormers to move ahead of the Chiefs, which they duly did in beating the Rebels. A shock loss to the Blues saw the Brumbies give up top spot in the Australian conference to the Reds, with the latter artificially promoted to third on the overall conference log as a result, despite having fewer log points than any of the five other qualifiers.

As the Crusaders, Sharks and then Bulls all picked up the maximum log points in succession, the permutations finally settled down. The knock-out fixtures have now been confirmed and are as follows:


Saturday 21 July, 2012
Crusaders versus Bulls
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Kick off (1935 local, 1935 NZT, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT, 0735 GMT)

Saturday 21 July, 2012
Reds versus Sharks
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Kick off (1940 local, 2140 NZT, 1940 NSW/ACT, 1140 SAT, 0940 GMT)


Stormers to host lowest ranked winner
DHL Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

Chiefs to host highest ranked winner
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand


  • “Reds, with the latter artificially promoted to third on the overall conference log as a result, despite having fewer log points than any of the five other qualifiers.”

    Exactly my problem. We have a night mare travel for two teams where as only in reality the Sharks should have traveled to Christchurch and the Red’s Should have traveled to Lofus the play the Bulls.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.12 10:31:21 by Uli Reply
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  • Is it confirmed that FS cant go on tour?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.12 10:33:48 by Uli Reply
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  • Nothing on the entire interweb on frans’s availability

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.12 10:43:51 by jako Reply
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  • So as I see it, if the Sharks beat the Reds, we will then play the Stormers in Cape Town.

    Am I right?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.12 11:11:14 by jonnow Reply

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  • @jonnow (Comment 4) : Yes.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.12 11:22:28 by klempie Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : Nope. If the Reds weren’t given a bump up, they would be facing the Saders in Christchurch, and we would be playing the Bulls at Loftus.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.12 11:27:02 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 6) : Very true , my mistake ;)

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.12 12:02:27 by Uli Reply
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  • Meaning possible semi-finals are –

    Stormers versus Sharks
    Stormers versus Bulls
    Stormers versus Crusaders

    Chiefs versus Reds
    Chiefs versus Crusaders
    Chiefs versus Bulls

    Would be nice if the 2 SA teams can pull off a miracle and win both away games.

    Funnily enough all Sharks supporters will find themselves cheering on the Bulls alongside the Sharks over the next 2 weekends… otherwise face the real prospect of having to Australasia, again, for the final.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.12 12:05:14 by hendrikp Reply

    hendrikpCurrie Cup player
  • guys – those of you who were awake will have noticed that Paul Jordaan got onto the field yesterday. That implies he’s over his injury.

    Now, you may recall that the basis of the appeal to have Frans cleared was an injury crisis at centre, because both Jordaan and Joubert were in doubt.

    Jordaan clearly is no longer in doubt… hence….

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.12 12:06:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    See a story is going around SARU has paid out R40 mil to the Kings to delay their entry to Super Rugby…

    EP Kings deny this.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.12 12:11:41 by hendrikp Reply

    hendrikpCurrie Cup player
  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) : ja, I saw that on Twitter but since I can’t actually find anything concrete on the internet to confirm it, I’m not doing a story just yet.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.12 12:19:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : only saw something on…but also just rumoured…

    @robdylan (Comment 9) : Yes, I saw that…hubby asked “who’s this little guy on the field??” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.12 12:23:30 by Ice Reply
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  • Touring party announced on and no Lambie, Steyn nor PSdT.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.12 12:26:28 by Bite me Reply

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  • R40m keeps Kings out of S15

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    9 minutes ago

    Cape Town – The Southern Kings have accepted a multi-million rand offer from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to postpone their inclusion in the Super Rugby competition.

    The Weekend Argus reports that the Kings agreed to delay their Super Rugby entry until 2016 in exchange for R40m and Currie Cup Premier Division status from next year.

    This comes after SARU earlier this year announced that the Kings would play Super Rugby in 2013. SARU was hoping to convince SANZAR to extend the competition to 16 teams in the hope of having six South African teams, but SANZAR made it clear the competition will remain with 15 teams for at least the next few years.

    SARU is now hoping that by 2016 a negotiation could be reached to expand the competition to 16 teams.

    The Kings apparently accepted the multi-million rand deal because they weren’t successful in luring enough top-flight players to the franchise for next year.

    This news will be welcomed by rugby fans in Johannesburg as the Lions – who was the last-placed SA team in Super Rugby this year – were likely to be relegated at the expense of the Eastern Cape franchise.


  • Comment 14, posted at 15.07.12 12:31:01 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 13) :

    Props: Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis & Wiehahn Herbst
    Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis & Craig Burden
    Locks: Steven Sykes, Anton Bresler & Jandre Marais
    Loose-Forwards: Keegan Daniel, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Ryan Kankowski & Jacques Botes

    Scrumhalves: Charl McLeod & Cobus Reinach
    Inside-Backs: Frederic Michalak, Tim Whitehead, Paul Jordaan & Meyer Bosman
    Outside-Backs: JP Pietersen, Odwa Ndungane, Louis Ludik, Riaan Viljoen & Lwazi Mvovo

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.07.12 12:35:10 by hendrikp Reply

    hendrikpCurrie Cup player
  • So when are the Sharks travelling?

    If I remember correctly, the Sharks made a late trip to Christchurch last year and that backfired a bit. I would hope the Sharks go out early, settle in, get over any jet lag, acclimatise and get used to the locals and the local atmosphere… because one thing is certain, the Reds home stadium is noisy and very, very parochial. The Sharks will be bombarded with boos, noise and insults. Better we go across as soon as possible and prepare for it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.07.12 13:03:34 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 16) : they are on their way as we speak..packed for trip last night already!

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.07.12 13:05:39 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : good to hear. I think this is better than going later in the week. Bris is a bit like Durban anyway, they should be comfortable.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.07.12 13:08:42 by siorc Reply

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  • I see hougaard was out at a club last night..saw him prancing around..wonder what it says about his professionalism seeing as he is leaving to go to christchurch!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.07.12 13:19:48 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Horrible stat this: The Sharks have played 10 Super rugby play off games since the competition’s inception. They have won only 3 of those games.

    Eish. Let’s improve on this horrid stat, starting with this coming weekend.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.07.12 14:50:47 by siorc Reply

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  • Hmm no Lambie or Steyn – Steyn we knew may not make it but Lambie’s 2012 injury list is disconcerting. Not a good year for him. The 2 guys who can make or break it for the Sharks IMO.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.07.12 14:55:11 by Caratacus Reply

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  • Don’t forget the Rugby Report on Pharside Live… coming up in half an hour

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.07.12 17:01:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why has Jean Deysel fallen so far out of favour with Plum?

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.07.12 18:38:18 by MerckZ Reply

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  • Since the start of Super Rugby in 1996, the Sharks have won 2 play-off matches so far. 2 of them were at home (2001 against the Cats and 2007 against the Blues). The only time we won a play-off match on the road was in 1996… Yes, against the Reds!!! Hang on to that please!

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.07.12 19:53:13 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • @Caratacus (Comment 21) :

    While Lambie is important, Ludik at full-back gives us more options and Michalak just has to step up 3 more times and show his skills. We have other players to make a difference. Don’t forget about Bismarck, Coetzee and JPP who can all break a team.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.07.12 19:56:07 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • Sharks gotta dominate em up front, think we can take this, no bonus point required 1 point

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.07.12 03:10:33 by RuckingFun Reply

    RuckingFunTeam captain
  • Im excited already!

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.07.12 03:12:49 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • No Jean Deysel??? :???:
    Is there really just not a place for him in the squad?
    Or is there something else brewing?

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.07.12 07:50:31 by SharksRTB Reply

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