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Bulls now fly the SA flag

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 Jul 2013 at 09:18
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New Zealand are guaranteed a team in the Super Rugby final next weekend, after the Cheetahs and Reds lost out in qualifier action over the weekend.

The umpteen-time champion Crusaders (I must say I’ve lost count) trampled all over the 5th-placed Reds in a one-sided encounter on Saturday, winning by 38 points to 9 in a clinical display. They were forced to wait, though, for the result of Sunday’s game in order to discover whether to pack for Pretoria or not.

As it turned out, the unlucky Cheetahs suffered an agonising 13-15 reversal against the Brumbies, with a last-gasp try unfortunately not converted by flyhalf Riaan Smit. The Bloemfonteiners will return home, having tasted a dose of the same medicine that most other South Africans sides get when traveling away for a knock-out game. As 3rd-placed qualifiers, the Brumbies now face the second-placed Bulls in Pretoria this weekend, with the Crusaders traveling to North Island to take on the Chiefs.

While the result in Canberra was a poor one for Cheetahs fans, neutrals and Bulls supporters alike will be secretly glad at the way things turned out; facing the Brumbies at this stage looks a far better prospect than the Crusaders, for the Bulls and should Richie McCaw and company upset the Chiefs for the second time inside a month, the Bulls would have their third home final in just five years to look forward to.

Vodacom Super Rugby Semi-finals:

Chiefs v Crusaders
Date: Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Waikato
SA kick-off time: 09h35
Referee: Steve Walsh
AR1: Glen Jackson
AR2: Chris Pollock
TMO: Glenn Newman

Vodacom Bulls v Brumbies
Date: Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
SA kick-off time: 17h05
Referee: Craig Joubert
AR1: Jaco Peyper
AR2: Stuart Berry
TMO: Shaun Veldsman


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