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July 17, 2016

Hurricanes Top Seeds for Quarter-finals

Hurricanes Top Seeds for Quarter-finals

After 17 rounds and 135 matches of the regular season the quarter-finalists for the 2016 Super Rugby tournament have been determined. The four Conference winners will host the four wildcard teams in the quarter-finals.

The Hurricanes won the hotly contested battle of the New Zealand Conference to finish as Conference winner and top tournament seed to secure its home quarter-final. The Hurricanes beat the Crusaders in Christchurch, while the Highlanders beat the Chiefs 25-15 in Dunedin.

The Lions 34-22 loss in Buenos Aires to the Jaguares saw them finish top of South Africa Conference 2 to qualify as tournament second seed.

The Stormers finished as South Africa 1 Conference winners after beating the Kings 52-24 in Cape Town and enter the quarter-finals as third seed. The Australian Conference winner is the Brumbies who beat the Force in Canberra 24-10 to qualify as fourth seed. Meaning the Waratahs missed out on quarter-final qualification.

The wild card quarter-finalists are three teams from the Australasia Group: the Highlanders, Chiefs, Crusaders; and the Sharks from South Africa 2 who beat to the Sunwolves 40-29 to claim the one wild card spot from the South Africa Group.

Final Conference tables can be viewed here.

2016 Super Rugby Quarter-finalists and seedings:

Seed 1

Hurricanes

New Zealand Conference winner

53 points

Seed 2

Lions 

South Africa 2 Conference winner

52 points

Seed 3

Stormers

South Africa 1 Conference Winner

51 points

Seed 4

Brumbies

Australia Conference Winner

43 points

Seed 5

Highlanders

Wildcard – Australasia Group

52 points

Seed 6

Chiefs

Wildcard – Australasia Group

51 points

Seed 7

Crusaders

Wildcard – Australasia Group

50 points

Seed 8

Sharks

Wildcard – South Africa Group

43 points

 

2016 Super Rugby Quarter-final Draw

Date

Home

Away

Venue

Kick-Off *

Fri 22 July

Brumbies

Highlanders

GIO Stadium, Canberra

1800

Sat 23 July

Hurricanes

Sharks

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

1935

Sat 23 July

Lions

Crusaders

Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg

1630

Sat 23 July

Stormers

Chiefs

DHL Newlands, Cape Town

1900

* Local time

The semi-finals will be determined by the results of the quarter-finals. The highest seeded winner will play the lowest seeded winner; the second highest seeded winner will play the second lowest seeded winner. The two highest seeds will host semi-final matches.