The last round of conference matches before the knockout stages begin next weekend. Fixtures are as follows.
<p>All prices are from <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7" rel="nofollow">Ladbrokes</a> and all times BST:</p><p> </p><h2>Chiefs v Hurricanes (Friday, 8.35am)</h2><p>These two teams are going to meet in the quarter-finals next week as 4 and 5 seeds. Currently the Hurricanes would host and the Chiefs need to win here to reverse home advantage, currently one game behind in the win-loss standings. Last weekend the Chiefs beat the Brumbies 24-19 while the Hurricanes beat the Blues 42-24. The Chiefs are +2 here at home and should be supported at 10/11.</p><p> </p><h2>Reds v Sunwolves (Friday, 10.45am)</h2><p>These two sides are 13th and 15th in the 15-team table and out of play off contention. The Reds were surprise winners last weekend 37-23 against the Rebels, while the Sunwolves were shellacked, losing to the Waratahs 77-25. The Reds are 11-point favourites ands should cover.</p><p> </p><h2>Highlanders v Rebels (Saturday, 6.15am)</h2><p>The Highlanders look set to be the 6th seed in the playoffs and will travel to the Waratahs next week. They lost 45-22 to the table-topping Crusaders last weekend while the Rebels lost to the Reds 37-23. The Reds are in a battle with the Sharks for the final playoff place; the team that gets it will face the unenviable task of visiting the Crusaders in the quarter-finals</p><p>The Highlanders are 14-point favourites for this match at 10/11. However, the Rebels (+14) will be scrapping for that playoff spot.</p><p> </p><h2>Crusaders v Blues (Saturday, 8.35am)</h2><p>The Crusaders beat the Highlanders 45-22 last weekend and are assured of the top seed in the playoffs starting next weekend while the Blues, out of playoff contention, lost 42-24 to the Hurricanes This was the 20th consecutive away loss against New Zealand teams for the Blues and this is likely to be loss 21. Furthermore the Crusaders should cover -15.</p><p> </p><h2>Waratahs v Brumbies (Saturday, 10.45am)</h2><p>The Waratahs are set for the No. 3 seed in the playoffs as winners of the Australian Conference and last weekend thrashed the Sunwolves 77-25, while the Brumbies' mini-revival in fortunes ended when they lost to the Chiefs 24-19. The Waratahs may well rest players here, so no bet at -6/+6.</p><p> </p><h2>Lions v Bulls (Saturday, 2.05pm)</h2><p>While the Lions, No. 2 seed for the playoffs as South African conference winners, were having a week off, the Bulls beat the Jaguares 43-34 for their sixth win of the season. The uncertainty here is that the Lions may again rest players. No bet at -8/+8.</p><p> </p><h2>Sharks v Jaguares (Saturday, 4.15pm)</h2><p>The Jaguares lost 43-34 at the Bulls last weekend but are safe in the playoffs as the 7th seed, where a trip to the Lions awaits. The Sharks lost 27-16 at the Stormers, a disappointing result for a side on the cusp of a playoff place. They now need to win and hope the Rebels lose to sneak into the playoffs. I like the Sharks -2 here.</p>