The Crusaders and Waratahs have convincingly won their virtual quarter finals and the Hurricanes’ and Brumbies’ seasons are over.
The Crusaders scored 40 points to the Brumbies’ 22. Sean Maitland, Kieran Read, Owen Franks, Richie McCaw and Zac Guildford scored tries for the Crusaders. Dan Carter had an off night with the boot but still kicked 4 conversions and 3 penalties. Tyrone Smith, Ben Alexander and Huia Edmonds scored tries for the Brumbies, with Matt Giteau kicking 2 conversions and 1 penalty.
In an equally comfortable game the Waratahs beat the Hurricanes 32 to 16. Conrad Smith scored the solitary try for the Hurricanes, and Piri Weepu kicked the conversion and 3 penalties. The Waratahs did everything in twos. For their bonus point win both Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell scored two tries, and Berrick Barnes kicked 2 conversions and 2 penalties.
Unless a series of mysterious events unfold and the inform Stormers lose or draw to the heavily rotated Bulls team then the final four, in order, will be the Bulls, Stormers, Waratahs and Crusaders. This would mean both the Waratahs and Crusaders will have to fly to South Africa to play the Stormers and Bulls respectively.