Round 17: Five things to look forward to

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018    Jack Sergent-Shadbolt    Getty Images

Check out our list of five things to look forward to as the Super Rugby season moves into the road to the finals!

Farewell, Jerome

Jerome Kaino will be running out in his last game for the Blues at Eden Park this weekend. Kaino is among the greatest loose forwards to have played for the Blues and he’ll be wanting to go out on a high at his home ground. ?Make sure you get down to the game and support Jerome and the team if you’re in Auckland. Kids tickets are just $6! He’ll also receive his 137th Super Rugby cap for the Blues, equalling Tony Woodcock’s record. A great servant not only to the Blues, but to Auckland Rugby and The All Blacks. Jerome, we salute you!
Tana’s Task
The Blues will be desperate to end the season with some strong performances, and that begins this Friday at Eden Park when they take on the embattled Reds from Queensland. The Blues finished a commendable 9th last season but at second-to-bottom this year, Tana will have been working his men hard in the break. They’ll need to perform well against the Reds who are only two points above them in the overall standings themselves. Plenty on the line for these two teams so expect a lot of running rugby.

Sensational Suva
For the third year in a row the Fijian capital will host a kiwi derby. This time it’s the Chiefs and Highlanders who take the field in what should be a fast-paced and frantic encounter. Fourth place overall and a home quarterfinal is still in contention for both teams, so the players will be sore after this one. Honours went to the Chiefs when these teams last met in week seven, with only seven points separating them. Tune in to find out who’ll go home with the Suva bragging rights this year. Sky Sport has coverage of the match, which kicks off at the early time of 5:15pm on Saturday. Bula! 

Lam on the Run
The blockbusting Hurricanes wing has crashed over the line fourteen times already this season and having missed out on an All Blacks call-up will be raring to go against the Brumbies. The two sides meet in Canberra this Saturday night and if Lam scores he’ll equal Brumbies legend Joe Roff, former All Black Rico Gear and Hurricanes teammate Ngani Laumape for most tries scored in a Super Rugby season. Tune in to see if he can go one better and claim the record outright. Kick-off is at 9:45pm on Saturday.

Bok Trials
The two best South African teams will meet in Durban after the international break, with places in the Springboks not the only thing on the line. Watch out for the Sharks at home as they look to make an unlikely bid for a playoffs spot. Jean-Luc Du Preez’ off-loading has been a sight to behold this year and these two huge forward packs will be rampant around the park. Action starts at 3:15am on Sunday.