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Last round, 6 teams, 3 places

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 12 May 2008 at 06:38

Six teams, including the Stormers and the Sharks, will battle it out this week for the remaining three semi-final places in the Super 14 rugby competition

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the others are the Hurricanes, the Waratahs, the Blues and the Chiefs. The Crusaders have already ensured that their semi-final will be played in Christchurch.

The Stormers, despite their 13-all draw against the Waratahs, can still qualify for a home semi-final – but only if the Hurricanes lose to the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

The Hurricanes, who beat the Western Force at the weekend, are second on the points table, three clear of the Stormers, who have 37 points.

The Blues are also still in the running after their fine 40-15 win over the Highlanders.

The Waratahs, who play the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, are in third place on 39 points. They may seem markedly stronger than the Queenslanders are but no Australian derby is more intense than this one.

Playing the Reds away, is not an ideal way to finish the campaign.

The Sharks are also on 37 log points, with a points difference only nine below that of the Cape side. Therefore, both South African teams can still secure a home semi-final.

The Stormers face the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday and the Sharks take on the Chiefs in Durban.

No illusions

The Chiefs, even after losing 27-33 to the Lions, have a chance of slipping into the semi-finals through the back door. The New Zealanders are seventh on the log, with a total of 34 points.

The Lions have left the Stormers with no illusions about this week’s match in Johannesburg.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus was not surprised by the score.

“The Lions’ strength is at breakdown points and that of the Chiefs is to attack from turnover possession,” Erasmus said at the weekend.

“Because the Lions were so good at breakdown points, the Chiefs did not have much possession. We predicted that result.

“We have a big challenge ahead, judging by the way the Lions played against the Chiefs.”

The battle between the Sharks and the Chiefs could be interesting, Erasmus added.

Erasmus was not despondent after the draw against the Waratahs. “We’re in fourth place and we can still determine our own destiny,” he said.

“If we win our next match – which we know will be tough – and we retain our advantage in terms of points difference, we will remain in fourth place.

“For our first year as a squad this is not bad. There are still a number of permutations but until now it has been a relatively successful season,” Erasmus said.


  • I posted this elsewhere only for them to delete my post 🙄

    But this is what is needed in a nut shell.

    KSA Shark © commented on 10 May 2008 at 9:35 pm:

    Hurricanes need to lose to the Blues in Auckland – VERY Possible

    Reds need to beat the Tahs in Brisbane – Also very possible

    Stormers need to beat Lions at Ellis. – if Lions win they will not be 14th. So a lot to play for.

    Sharks need to beat Chiefs in Dbn. Very possible after their injuries today and the red card.

    Only away team that needs to win is the Stormers

    So if the above happens it will put the Sharks and Stormers in 2nd and 3rd. Which one goes where will be determined if they both score 4 or 5 log points. if they score the same log points the Sharks will need to beat the Chiefs by 9 more than the Stormers beat the Lions by to end above them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.08 06:42:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Well done Sharks for this weekend. Mission accomplished with the bonus point, although at times not very convincing. 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.08 11:48:26 by yossarian Reply
  • Ksa, where did you post that and why was it removed?

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.08 12:12:10 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Posted it on RW in response to a question from Brand.

    As to why it was removed? 😆 Obviously my posting rights are not welcome any more.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.08 12:22:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Think the Sharks & Stormers must just forget at a home semi at all. The Sharks are in a powerfull position. No matter what happen they will know what needs to be done to get either a home or just a semi. Remember the 2007 Bulls Reds last round game? The Chiefs maybe out at that time and may have one foot in NZ already.

    Myself think the Blues may topple the Canes but cant see the Tahs losing to the Reds. This just maybe the opening to give our teams a place in the semi.

    Agree with Rassie tho, the Stormers already had a good S14 season and myself satisfied even if they dont make the semis. A semi will be a bonus and they sure as hell will stand a change against any team at any place.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.08 12:26:23 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I’m gonna be a nervous wreck this weekend…Eyes glued to the tellie 😯

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.08 12:33:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • KSA – you know what they say about pearls and swine…

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.08 12:36:37 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Thanks Rob. I’ll take the hint. 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.08 12:56:36 by PaarlBok Reply

  • PB 😆

    I think he was refering to me posting on RW. 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.08 13:10:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • 8 – sorry, man… that comment was definitely not aimed at you!

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.08 13:25:07 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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