Investec Super Rugby quarterfinalists confirmed

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Saturday, June 15, 2019    SANZAAR    Getty Images

After a very competitive season the configuration of the quarterfinals was only determined after the very last match of the season when the Bulls beat the Lions to earn a bonus point win in Pretoria.
The four quarterfinal hosts: The three Conference Winners - ranked 1 to 3 based on total tournament points; and the best wildcard team (based on total tournament points and regardless of Conference) ranked 4.

The Crusaders finished the regular season as New Zealand Conference winners for the third year in a row, and the highest ranked team in the tournament, finishing on 58 points after 11 wins. The Jaguares won the South African Conference for the first time finishing with 11 wins and 51 points. In the Australian Conference the Brumbies finished top with 10 wins and 48 points. The last quarter-final host spot is taken by the Hurricanes who finished second in New Zealand Conference with 53 points.

The four away quarterfinalists: The four next best wildcard teams (based on total tournament points and regardless of Conference) ranked 5 to 8.

Therefore the four teams earning quarterfinal places and ranking places 5 to 8 are: Bulls 41 points (South African Conference; Sharks 37 points (South African Conference); Chiefs 36 points (New Zealand Conference); and Highlanders 36 points (New Zealand Conference).

The Quarterfinalists and their rankings are:

1. Crusaders - New Zealand Conference Winners
2. Jaguares - South African Conference Winners
3. Brumbies - Australian Conference Winners
4. Hurricanes
5. Bulls
6. Sharks
7. Chiefs
8. Highlanders

2018 Super Rugby Quarterfinal Draw

QF1: Crusaders [1] versus Highlanders [8]
QF2: Hurricanes [4] versus Bulls [5]
QF3: Jaguares [2] versus Chiefs [7]
QF4: Brumbies [3] versus Sharks [6]

Quarterfinal Match Schedule (all times local)

Fri June 21: Crusaders v Highlanders, Christchurch Stadium Christchurch @ 19:35
Sat June 22: Hurricanes v Bulls, Westpac Stadium, Wellington @ 19:35
Fri June 21: Jaguares v Chiefs, Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires @ 19:05
Sat June 22: Brumbies v Sharks, GIO Stadium, Canberra @ 20:05

Semifinal Draw:
Pre-determined draw as follows (highest ranked team to host):

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

Final Draw:
(highest ranked team to host):

Final: Winner SF1 v Winner SF 2