After an exhilarating 15 rounds of intense competition, the Queensland Reds have emerged as one of the top eight teams in the Super Rugby Pacific 2023 season, securing a coveted spot in the quarter-finals. With their resilience and determined performance throughout the regular season, the Reds held onto their position despite a nail-biting final round. Now, the stage is set for a thrilling quarter-final showdown as the Reds prepare to face the top-seeded team, the Chiefs, at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday, June 10th.
Battle for the Final Spots
The road to the quarter-finals was filled with anticipation and tension as the final two positions were up for grabs. The Queensland Reds faced a formidable challenge in the Fijian Drua, who created history by securing their first-ever quarter-finals spot with a convincing win over the Reds in Suva. However, it was the outcome of the last match of the regular season that would determine the Reds' fate. Despite a valiant effort by the Western Force, the table-topping Chiefs emerged victorious, sealing the Reds' place in the quarter-finals thanks to points difference over the Highlanders.
The final standings determined the quarter-finals rankings, setting the stage for some epic clashes. The matchups for the quarter-finals are as follows:
- Chiefs vs. Queensland Reds
- Crusaders vs. Fijian Drua
- Blues vs. NSW Waratahs
- Brumbies vs. Hurricanes
The Reds' eighth-place finish positions them against the top-seeded Chiefs. As the only team to come away victorious over the Chiefs during the regular season, this Quarter Final guarantees a high-stakes battle as the Reds aim for a repeat to upset the favorites and advance to the semi-finals.
As the Reds gear up for their quarter-final clash, you too can gear up for finals at shop.redsrugby. The Queensland Reds are ready to give their all, leaving nothing on the field as they strive to overcome the odds and continue their quest for Super Rugby glory. Will you be ready to support them?