The key players who delivered semi-final berths

Beauden Barrett was excellent for the Hurricanes in their QF win over the Sharks. But was he the best 'Canes? Image: ABC Grandstand

Beauden Barrett was excellent for the Hurricanes in their QF win over the Sharks. But was he the best ‘Cane on the park? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Ultimately, the four best teams in 2016 have won through to the Super Rugby semis, after a weekend of quarters that delivered surprising result after surprising result.

Even in the wet weather, the general consensus was the Highlanders would have too much for the Brumbies, yet the home side were in a position to make the winning play for most of the final ten minutes. The Lions were widely favoured to topple the Crusaders, but I can’t imagine too many saw the 17-point margin coming.

And similarly, the only plausible explanation for anyone suggesting they had the Hurricanes and Chiefs winning by 40 is that they’ve either mastered time-travel, or they’re lying…

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