The Stormers and Chiefs secured byes in the Super Rugby playoffs as the ACT Brumbies were eliminated with a 30-16 home loss to the Blues.
The Stormers beat the Rebels 26-21 to win the South African Conference and finish atop the southern hemisphere provincial championship standings with 68 points. The Chiefs lost 28-25 to the Hurricanes yesterday but still clinched the New Zealand Conference and second playoff seed.
Defending champion Queensland Reds will be the No. 3 team for the playoffs after beating the Waratahs 32-16 to win the Australian Conference and knock out the Brumbies. The Crusaders beat the Force 38-24, the Bulls defeated the Lions 37-20 and the Sharks beat the Cheetahs 34-15 to secure the final playoff spots.
The Crusaders will host the Bulls in Christchurch and the Sharks will visit the Reds in Brisbane in next week’s playoffs. The Stormers and Chiefs will host semifinal games July 27-28.