Tahs and Brumbies on course for a possible all-Australian decider.
Only four teams remain in the chase to be the Super Rugby champions of 2015. With two sides left from Australia and two remaining from New Zealand, there is every chance that rugby fans could witness an all-Kiwi, an all-Aussie, or a Trans Tasman match-up in the final.
The first semi-final pits the highest ranked playoff team against the lowest. The Hurricanes will be hosting the ACT Brumbies at a packed house in Wellington. After a week off, the minor premiers will be fresh and hungry, as they seek to fend off a tough challenge from the boys from Canberra. The ACT Brumbies finished one game short of last year's grand final after they were run down by eventual winners the Waratahs. They'll be running on a lot of confidence, hoping to go one better as they head down to New Zealand's North Island after their dominant victory in South Africa against the Stormers.
After gaining a vital week off, the rested NSW Waratahs will be aspiring to win their second consecutive championship. Before they can turn their attentions towards that goal, however, they will need to fend off the challenging Highlanders following their victory over Kiwi rivals the Chiefs. The Highlanders actually finished with a better record than their semi-final opponents, but with the competition format based on rewarding conference winners, their second-best record saw them ultimately place fourth.Finals Week 2:
First semi final 27/05/15:
Hurricanes vs ACT BRUMBIES 5:35pm (AEST) at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
2015 result: N/A
Last time they played: 2014 Round 4: Hurricanes def. by ACT BRUMBIES 21-29Second semi final 27/05/15:
NSW WARATAHS vs Highlanders 7:35pm (AEST) at Allianz Stadium, Sydney.
2015 result: Round 5: Highlanders def. NSW WARATAHS 26-19Finals Week 3:
Grand Final - Saturday 4th July
Winner of semi-final one v Winner of semi-final two
(Highest ranked team to host the Grand Final)