Super Rugby Ahead indeed!
The KwaZulu-Natalians reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2008 when they beat the Reds by 30-17. This was only the 11th away victory out of 62 knock-out matches in the history of Vodacom Super Rugby.
However, the Vodacom Bulls bowed out of the competition when they were beaten by a brilliant Crusaders team in Christchurch in the fifth playoff match between these sides. The Cantabrians won by 28-13 and will travel to Hamilton next week where they will face the Chiefs in the first semi-final.
The Hamilton semi-final between the New Zealand Conference winners, the Chiefs, and the Crusaders will kick off at 09h35 (SA time) on Friday, 27 July.
The semi-final at DHL Newlands in Cape Town between the DHL Stormers, who won the South African Conference and finished top of the overall standings, and The Sharks is scheduled for 17h05 on Saturday, 28 July.
To illustrate how little there is to pick between the four teams that will contest the semi-finals, look at the results in their derbies this year. The DHL Stormers beat the Sharks by 15-12 in Cape Town in round two and then lost by 20-25 in Durban in round 14.
The Chiefs beat the Crusaders by 24-19 in Christchurch in round three and recently lost in Hamilton by 28-21 in round 17