Wednesday, June 22, 2011
For various reasons, we haven't had a Super Rugby Pick of the Week clip on here for a few rounds. We'll try and catch up with a dump of the missing ones soon, but for now here's the best tries scored in the final round of pool play, round 18.
We're now into the knock out stages, as the top 6 have been decided. The first round of Qualifiers will take place this coming weekend, with the fourth placed Blues playing the fifth placed Waratahs, in Auckland.
On Saturday the Crusaders, who finished in first place in the New Zealand conference, will host the Sharks, who sprung somewhat of an upset as they beat the Bulls in Pretoria this past weekend. The respective winners of those two matches will then progress to the Semi Finals.
The Queensland Reds finished the tournament in top position overall, so they have a home semi, where they will meet the winner of the lowest placed qualifier. The Stormers, second on the overall table and South African conference winners, will also have a home semi, and host the highest placed qualifier. Those matches will take place in two weeks time.
It can all be a little confusing, but at this stage, it's actually quite straight forward. The final table has been included at the end of this video, and before that, some of the best tries of the weekend.
Friday, 24 June
19:35 (local time): Blues vs Waratahs - Auckland
Saturday, 25 June
19:35 (local time): Crusaders vs The Sharks - Christchurch
Saturday, 2 July
19:40 (local time): Reds vs Lowest Placed Qualifier - Brisbane
17:05 (local time): Stormers vs Highest Placed Qualifier - Cape Town
Music: I Love you Dude, by Digitalism