Chiefs and Bulls Secure Home Advantage in Super Rugby SemifinalsDan Baynes
The Chiefs and Bulls secured byes in the Super Rugby playoffs and semifinal home advantage by finishing the regular season in first and second place.
The defending champion Chiefs beat the Blues 26-16 in Auckland to finish atop the southern hemisphere provincial championship standings with 66 points. The Bulls finished three points back in second place after their 30-13 loss to the Stormers in Capetown, South Africa.
The ACT Brumbies will be the No. 3 seed after losing to the Western Force 21-15 and will next host the Cheetahs, who finished in the sixth and final spot.
The Crusaders will be the fourth seed after beating the Hurricanes 25-17 yesterday. They’ll next host the fifth-place Reds, who closed the regular season with a 14-12 win over the Waratahs.
The winners of the qualifiers on July 19 and 20 advance to the July 26-27 semifinals. The final is scheduled Aug. 3.