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Run in to the Play-offs


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 25 Apr 2010 at 18:58
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What a weekend we had and for good measure a major surprise! The Western Force’s stunning win in Perth ensured the seven-time champion Crusaders now have their work cut out just to stay in play-off race.

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365 editor Jan de Koning

However, as was the case last week, the front-runners still have it all in their own hands, even though some made life a little more unpleasant for themselves.

The Reds remain not only the most improved team this year, but a good bet for a home semifinal if you look at their run-in.

The defending champion Bulls are back on top of the table, but with games against the Sharks, Crusaders and Stormers they know they are in for a rough ride.

The Stormers, courtesy of the Force’s victory, moved up a place to second, but they have to beat the Crusaders, Sharks and Bulls in the coming weeks.

For both the South African teams it is three murderous weeks that await.

One defeat for the Crusaders in the next fortnight and they may well kiss their play-off hopes goodbye, but you never bet against anything in the Super 14 … certainly not this year.

The Reds certainly look to have the easiest of the run-ins by the top teams – the struggling Brumbies, the erratic Hurricanes and the lowly Highlanders. On current form you have to pencil in three wins for them and 12 (not counting possible bonus) points may be enough to see then finish top of the table for the first time since 1999.

Of the chasing pack only the Waratahs inspire any confidence – with games against the Highlanders, Chiefs and Hurricanes to come.

What price on two Aussie and two South African teams in the play-offs?

Here then is rugby365.com‘s Road to the play-offs!

Bulls:
Current position:
First (last week -  second)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 10th
Current form (last six games): W W L W L W
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Sharks, home
7 May: v Crusaders, home
15 May: v Stormers, away

Stormers:
Current position:
Second (last week – third)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 10th
Current form (last six games): W W L W W L
Remaining fixtures:
30 April: v Crusaders, home
8 May: v Sharks, away
15 May: v Bulls, home

Crusaders:
Current position:
Third (last week – first)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 10th
Current form (last six games): W W D W W L
Remaining fixtures:
30 April: v Stormers, away
7 May: v Bulls, away
14 May: v Brumbies, home

Reds:
Current position:
Fourth (last week – fourth)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 10th
Current form (last six games): W W L W W W
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Brumbies, away
7 May: v Hurricanes, away
15 May: v Highlanders, home

Waratahs:
Current position:
Fifth (last week – fifth)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 10th
Current form (last six games): W W W W L W
Remaining fixtures:
30 April: v Highlanders, away
8 May: v Chiefs, away
14 May: v Hurricanes, home

Brumbies:
Current position:
Sixth (last week – sixth)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 12th
Current form (last six games): W L W W L L
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Reds, home
8 May: v Highlanders, home
14 May: v Crusaders, away

Hurricanes:
Current position:
Seventh (last week – eighth)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 12th
Current form (last six games): L L L D W W
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Chiefs, home
7 May: v Reds, home
14 May: v Waratahs, away

Blues:
Current position:
Eighth (last week – seventh)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 13th
Current form (last six games): W L W L W L
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Cheetahs, away
8 May: v Lions, away
15 May: v Chiefs, home

Sharks:
Current position:
Ninth (last week – ninth)
Best possible finish: First
Worst possible finish: 13th
Current form (last six games): L W W W W W
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Bulls, away
8 May: v Stormers, home
14 May: v Western Force, home

Chiefs:
Current position:
10th (last week – 10th)
Best possible finish: Second
Worst possible finish: 13th
Current form (last six games): L L W L L D
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Hurricanes, away
8 May: v Waratahs, home
15 May: v Blues, away

Force:
Current position:
11th (last week – 12th)
Best possible finish: Sixth
Worst possible finish: 14th
Current form (last six games): L L W W L W
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Lions, away
8 May: v Cheetahs, away
14 May: v Sharks, away

Highlanders:
Current position:
12th (last week – 11th)
Best possible finish: Sixth
Worst possible finish: 14th
Current form (last six games): L L W L L L
Remaining fixtures:
30 April: v Waratahs, home
8 May: v Brumbies, away
15 May: v Reds, away

Cheetahs:
Current position:
13th (last week – 13th)
Best possible finish: Eighth
Worst possible finish: 14th
Current form (last six games): L L L L L D
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Blues, home
8 May: v Western Force, home
15 May: v Lions, home

Lions:
Current position:
14th (last week – 14th)
Best possible finish: 11th
Worst possible finish: 14th
Current form (last six games): L L L L L L
Remaining fixtures:
1 May: v Western Force, home
8 May: v Blues, home
15 May: v Cheetahs, away

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365 editor Jan de Koning



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