The Lions failed to progress to the quarter-finals after succumbing to a 48-27 defeat by the playoffs-bound Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.
The result confirms the 2019 quarter-final lineup. The Crusaders will host the Highlanders, the Jaguares welcome the Chiefs, and the Bulls will travel to the Hurricanes with the Sharks
The Play - Off Picture
Three of the last five Super Rugby games between the Bulls and Lions have been won by the away side on the day, with the Lions picking up four wins in that span.
The Bulls are just the third side in Super Rugby
The Hurricanes ran in five tries to hand the Lions a damaging 37-17 loss in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Lions will lament their missed opportunities. They dominated the collisions during the initial stages of the contest, but failed to translate that go-forward into territory and points. The Hurricanes did well to
The Hurricanes have won nine of their last 10 matches against the Lions (L1), their only loss in that time coming in the 2017 Super Rugby Semi-Final (29-44).
The Lions have won 10 of their last 12 Super Rugby games on home turf, including their last three on
The Lions have won four of their last six Super Rugby matches against the Stormers (D1, L1), dipping to a two-point defeat in their last encounter.
The Lions have won nine of their last 11 Super Rugby games at Emirates Airlines Park, with two of those last three
The Sharks have won their last two Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Lions; however, they had lost their seven meetings in succession prior to that brace.
The Sharks have lost five of their last seven South African derbies as hosts in Super Rugby, including their
The winner has alternated in the last 10 Super Rugby meetings between the Lions and the Highlanders, both sides winning five games apiece in that spell; should that run continue the Lions would be due victory in this game.
The Highlanders have won five of their last seven
The Lions have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce against the NSW Waratahs, this after having lost six games in succession against them prior to that run.
The Lions have won 10 of their last 12 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition but were
The Crusaders have won 10 of their last 11 matches against the Lions in Super Rugby (L1), the sole Lions victory coming in a 2016 Super Rugby finals playoff (42-25).
The Crusaders have won all five of their Super Rugby encounters with the Lions at home, scoring an
The Chiefs have played the Lions 17 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Chiefs have won 12 matches, drawn 0 and lost 5 times.
The Chiefs 12 wins out of 17 matches gives them a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.