Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says he didn’t lose any sleep over the weekend calculating who his side would face in this week’s quarter-final.
In fact, he didn’t even try to do the math.
"When you look through the permutations, there were simultaneous equations that I wasn't too sharp back at Mt Maunganui College on," Robertson said.
"I just left that to everyone else."
The Crusaders entered the final round of Super Rugby action last week on a bye with the top spot sealed, meaning they had a chance to watch teams scrapping it out for the final four playoff spots before their opponent – the eighth seed – was revealed.
"I knew there were five or six teams that were a chance and I woke up in the morning and there it was."
After big wins by the Highlanders, Chiefs, and Bulls throughout the round, the last spot was clinched by their southern rivals.
Robertson said the Highlanders will be dangerous opposition despite finishing the season with just six wins from 16 matches.
"They've got their full squad back and they're extremely strong," he said.
"We're well aware of their abilities when they're on so there’s a lot of caretaking this week in our preparations in respect to what they can bring.
"You slip into eighth and you come play the Crusaders at home in a final, it’s a great opportunity for them."
The Crusaders and Highlanders face off in the first quarter-final on Friday at Christchurch Stadium at 7.30pm.