Thursday, June 13, 2019

2019 Super Rugby - Last Rites

Super Rugby Round 18 Preview: 6.14-6.15

There will be Last Rites administered at four of seven Super Stadiums across a belt in the Southern Hemisphere stretching better than 7,000 miles from Argentina to Australia. The home playoff berths have already been sorted: the three Conference leaders plus Hurricanes, but travelers have yet to be determined and this final weekend provides a menu offering salacious fare as the XVs strive to seat in one of the eight slots in the playoffs frame when the music stops.

South Afrcian Conference could wind up with all sides extending their seasons.

Red font indicates HotShots

Friday, 6.14:
               Highlanders (31) v (30) Waratahs at Forsyth Barr, Dunedin - 1:35am MST: do or die for homeboys and even then, should they win with max points, they are not assured extra time; ‘Tahs are more than likely gone after this fixture, but yet are not mathematically eliminated; 50, no wind, outside chance of rain;

               Rebels (34) v (31) Chiefs at the AAMI Park, Melbourne - 3:45am MST: visitors must win large and so too, homeboys; mid 50s, bit o’ wind - it will have rained earlier, so slicken the pitch and slippen the piggy;

               Jaguares (46) v (12) SunWolves at Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires - 4:10pm MST: Go you Sleek, Jungle Cats! raucous weather with rainy, slippy piggy and temps in the mid-50s;

Saturday, 6.15:
               Hurricanes (49) v (29) Blues at the Westpac, Wellington- 1:35am MST: homeys are in regardless; re: weather see above, but add a big Southwind;

               Brumbies (43) v (28) Reds at GIO Stadium, Canberra - 3:45am MST: Giddyup you Mob! low 50s and perfect;

               Stormers (34) v (33) Sharks at Newlands, Capetown - 7am MST: this will be a blinder... win-and-in more than likely; mid-50s, no rain, no wind = ideal conditions;

               Bulls (36) v (35) Lions at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - 9am MST: see above, but loser could yet wrangle a berth, depending on other outcomes; mid-50s, no rain, no wind = perfection on the High Veld;
Crusaders (58) on the bye

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