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Super Rugby Review Round 14

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Saturday, May 27, 2017    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

In South Africa, the play-off sides have already been determined. Conference winners, the Lions and the Stormers will host quarter-finals while the Sharks will have travel to either Australia or New Zealand.

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New Zealand Conference
The Blues are destined to finish bottom of the New Zealand Conference again, their 16-16 draw with the Chiefs effectively leaving them with no room to move. They can still finish with more points than both the Australian and African Conference 1 winners.

The Chiefs are tied in third with the Highlanders, who were too strong for the Waratahs in claiming a 44-28 win in Dunedin that extended their winning sequence to nine games. Hopes of finishing second in the New Zealand Conference for the Chiefs will depend on beating the Hurricanes while for the Highlanders it comes down to ending the unbroken run of the Crusaders, who are now on 59 points.

They were too strong for the Rebels, even with an under-strength side, and won comfortably 41-19.



Australia Conference
The Waratahs loss to the Highlanders denied them a golden chance to slip ahead of the Brumbies but they are still nine points behind.

The Brumbies maintained their lead with a 39-15 bonus point win over the Jaguares in Argentina.

The Force, who have still to play the Hurricanes, Rebels and Waratahs, are a not unreasonable chance to still finish second in the Conference. Their 40-26 win over the Reds in Brisbane was an impressive effort.

The Reds now head to Samoa to get ready for their game with the Blues needing a win to restore some credibility to their campaign.

The Rebels are well off the pace and they were no match for the Crusaders in their 19-41 loss, a game which demonstrated the completeness of the Crusaders squad.



Africa Conference 1
The Stormers were dealt a blow when beaten 10-22 by the Sharks in Durban.
The Bulls slipped back to third in the Conference when soundly beaten 20-34 by the Hurricanes in Pretoria.

Benefitting from their loss were the Cheetahs who had the satisfaction of a 47-7 away win over the Sunwolves to move into second on the ladder, but still 14 points adrift of the Stormers.

Africa Conference 2

The Lions beat the Kings 54-10, and that with only 14 men for much of the game, and even after the Sharks 22-10 win over the Stormers they sat 14 points clear at the head of the Conference.