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Bulls grab Super Rugby playoff spot as Lions go out

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The Bulls overcame an early scare to overwhelm their neighbours the Lions 48-27 and take the last Super Rugby playoff place after Saturday’s derby at Loftus Versfeld.

Last gasp try hands Sharks playoff place

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Lukhanyo Am scored a last gasp try to hand the Sharks a dramatic 12-9 away victory against the Stormers on Saturday and a Super Rugby playoff place.

Hurricanes storm home to down Blues 29-24

(Reuters) - The Wellington Hurricanes will head into the Super Rugby playoffs brimming with confidence after overhauling a 19-point halftime deficit to grind down the Auckland Blues 29-24 on Saturday.

Rugby: Rebels without applause after another playoffs miss

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - With a roster laden with Wallabies and the Australian conference seemingly at their mercy, the Melbourne Rebels had appeared set for a long-awaited playoffs spot when they claimed their third successive win in a flying start to the Super Rugby season.

Rampant Jaguares lock up second spot in Super Rugby

(Reuters) - Argentina's Jaguares secured second spot in the Super Rugby standings with a rampant 52-10 victory over the Sunwolves in Buenos Aires on Friday as the playoff picture became a little clearer in the final round of the regular season.

Malaysian ruggers better be rugged for herculean task in HK

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia face an uphill task when they come up against reigning champions Hong Kong in the Asia Rugby Championship (ARC) at the Hong Kong Football Club today.

Stevenson grabs hat-trick as Chiefs march into playoffs

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Winger Shaun Stevenson scored a hat-trick of tries as the Waikato Chiefs doled out a record 59-8 demolition of the Melbourne Rebels to storm into the Super Rugby playoffs while ending the shell-shocked Australians' season on Friday.

Rugby: Highlanders thrash Waratahs to keep playoffs hopes alive

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The Otago Highlanders dumped a second-string New South Wales Waratahs side from the Super Rugby playoffs race on Friday while keeping their own postseason hopes alive with a record 49-12 win in Invercargill.

Folau sacking 'unfortunate' but team is king: Cheika

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika has described the sacking of fullback Israel Folau as "unfortunate" but inevitable given the distraction he was causing to the team.

Wallabies hooker Latu convicted of drink driving, fined

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been referred to Rugby Australia's integrity unit after he was convicted of charges related to a drink driving incident last month.