Sharks at home in quarters

Not quite the 4 try win by 35 points needed to secure second on the log and a holiday next week, but a convincing performance at Newlands by the Sharks nets them a home quarterfinal.

As the curtain draws on the final round of league Super Rugby, SANZAR have confirmed the schedule for next weekend’s quarterfinals.

By finishing the season as the tournament’s two highest-ranked conference winners, the Waratahs (58 points, 12 wins) and the Crusaders (51 points, 11 wins) have earned the week off and progress straight to the Super Rugby Semi Finals where they await the winners of the following matches:

Qualifier A
Saturday 19 July 2014
Brumbies v Chiefs
GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia
Kick-off – 11:40

Qualifier B
Saturday 19 July 2014
Sharks v Highlanders
KINGS PARK, Durban, South Africa
Kick-off – 17:05

These match-ups also occurred on the same day of the 2014 regular season with Brumbies defeating the Chiefs 41-23 and the Highlanders upsetting the Sharks 34-18 on the road in Round 11.

The structure of the Super Rugby Finals Series is as follows:

Semi-Final: Crusaders vs Highest-ranked winner of above 2 games
Semi-Final: Waratahs vs Other winner

Final: Highest-ranked semifinal winner vs Other semifinal winner

Referee appointments will be advised early in the week.

Should any match end with the scores level, the following will apply until a winner is determined:

a) Extra time played in two periods of 10 minutes
b) Sudden death extra time in a period of up to 10 minutes
c) A kicking competition featuring five players from each team