16 May 2010

Crusaders off to Soweto, Waratahs also heading east

6:13 am on 16 May 2010

As expected, the Stormers have thrashed a second-string Bulls side to ensure both South African teams will host next weekend's Super 14 rugby semi-finals.

The 38-10 result at Cape Town seals second place for the Stormers, who will host the third-placed New South Wales Waratahs, while the Bulls welcome the Crusaders.

The Queensland Reds finished their Super 14 with a nerve-jangling 38-36 defeat of the Highlanders in Brisbane, only achieved after stand-out Highlanders fullback Israel Dagg missed a last-gasp 55-metre penalty attempt.

Queensland finish fifth on the competition table, their best result since 2002.

The Lions finished their dismal Super 14 season without a win when fellow South Africans, the Cheetahs, raced to a 59-10 victory at Welkom.

The Lions' points difference of -315 is the worst recorded in Super Rugby while the win let the Cheetahs leapfrog the Chiefs to 10th in the final standings.