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July 13, 2017
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NEWLANDS TOE?: Barrett

Stormers keen to avoid the champs.

The round-robin phase of Super Rugby comes to an end this weekend. 

And while there will be a number of dead-rubbers, there are some games that will decide who will face who in the quarterfinals next weekend. 

As it stands, the Stormers will host the Chiefs at Newlands next weekend. 
That can change, however. 

And the match everyone will be watching is the one between the two top teams in New Zealand. 

When the Hurricanes and the Crusaders lock horns at Westpac Stadium on Saturday (9.35am), they can change the flight plans of a number of teams next week. 

If the Canes lose that match and the Chiefs beat the Brumbies as they are expected to do, it will be Beauden Barrett and company that will be coming to Newlands to face Siya Kolisi and his manskappe in the quarters. 

Even if the Brumbies do the unlikely and win the match with a bonus point, while at the same time the Stormers lose to the Bulls without scoring a bonus point it will be the Cape side playing the fifth-placed team in the tournament – the Hurricanes if the status quo remains. 

The Canes-Crusaders clash will also have an impact on the guys at the Shark Tank in Durban. 
If the Saders go down and the Lions, who the Sharks play this weekend, manage to beat Curwin Bosch and company, it will be Johan Ackermann’s Lions that will top the overall log. 

As it stands, though, the Sharks will have to travel to New Zealand where they’ll face the Saders in the last eight. 

If things work out for them, though, they will only have to travel to Johannesburg for the start of the play-offs. 

If the Crusaders beat the Canes, the Lions won’t have any chance of catching them at the top and will then host the Highlanders in the quarters. 

Unless, of course, the New Zealanders lose to the Reds this weekend and the Sharks pull one over the Lions.

 

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