Super Rugby Semi-Finals Confirmed

24 Jul 2017
Super Rugby Semi-Finals Confirmed

Following the completion of the quarter-finals the draw and schedule for the semi-finals have been confirmed by SANZAAR. The two top ranked teams, the Lions and Crusaders, both won their quarter-finals and will therefore host the Semi-finals. Semi-final 1 will kick-off in Johannesburg between the Lions and Hurricanes. Semi-final 2 will be played in Christchurch between the Crusaders and Chiefs.
Despite taking a slim one point lead into half-time on Friday night in Canberra the Brumbies could not stop the defending champions, the Hurricanes, from scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half to win their quarter-final match-up. The all-New Zealand quarter-final in Christchurch, played in atrocious wet conditions, was won by the home team as the Crusaders scored 17 points in the first half to shut out the Highlanders.

In Johannesburg however, it took a long-range penalty goal on the 78-minute mark by Ruan Combrinck for the Lions to beat the gallant Sharks 23-21. In Cape Town in the last quarter-final the visiting Chiefs upset the Stormers 17-11, each team scoring a try but the difference was the boot of Damian McKenzie who slotted four penalty goals. 

Quarter-final Results

QF1: [1] Lions 23 [8] Sharks 21
QF2: [2] Crusaders 17 [7] Highlanders 0
QF3: [3] Stormers 11 [6] Chiefs 17
QF4: [4] Brumbies 16 [5] Hurricanes 35

Semi-final Match Draw & Schedule (all times local)

SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF4
SF2: Winner QF2 v Winner QF3

SF1: Saturday July 29;
Lions v Hurricanes, Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg @ 14:30

SF2: Saturday July 29;
Crusaders v Chiefs, AMI Park, Christchurch @ 19:35

Click HERE for Full Quarter-final results

Final Draw
(highest ranked team to host):

Final: Saturday August 5;
Winner SF1 v Winner SF 2