Given Super Rugby’s convoluted structure‚ predicting its quarterfinal line-ups requires a leap into the unknown. The most significant areas of dispute in the last two rounds of the league stages involve the Rebels and Sharks, who are contesting eighth spot‚ while whoever of the Hurricanes and Chiefs gets the highest ranking may yet have a profound effect. Unless the unthinkable happens‚ the Crusaders will top the points table‚ while 10 sides can still mathematically make the quarterfinals. The Brumbies‚ however‚ who are 10th‚ need a few miracles to sneak in. The top eight as it stands look most likely to qualify. The Sharks, with games against the Stormers at Newlands and the Jaguares at King’s Park‚ can still sneak in providing the Rebels slip up in their remaining matches, against the Reds in Brisbane and the Highlanders in Dunedin. The second match will require a gargantuan effort, so they had better win in Brisbane this weekend. While the basement of the top eight is still in di...

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