Super Rugby quarter-finals PICKS: Can the defending champions get the job done in Canberra?

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It's do or die this week with four New Zealand teams in the Super Rugby quarter-finals! Can the Hurricanes beat the Brumbies in Canberra? Will the Highlanders cause an upset in Christchurch against the Crusaders? Find out what the 1 NEWS rugby oracles are foreseeing this week!

Our 1 NEWS Sport experts preview this weekend's Super Rugby matches.
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How it works: 1 NEWS sports reporters will chip in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with each adding a little insight into the choice involving their side. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point!

Quarter-finals:
Brumbies v Hurricanes
Crusaders v Highlanders
Lions v Sharks
Stormers v Chiefs

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Blues reporter, sports presenter

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
"Canberra can often be a banana skin in winter, but the Canes have momentum, near full strength, too strong. Memories of 2016 still fresh as well."

Crusaders v Highlanders: Crusaders 1-12
"Should once again be a huge showdown. Two previous games this year were gripping. In Christchurch can't see Crusaders losing, back to full strength, Ryan Crotty back, they shouldn't lose two in a row."

Lions v Sharks: Lions 13+
"Don't really give a rats!!!!"

Stormers v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12

"Intriguing! Stormers good at home, heaps of motivation after last year's heavy playoff loss. This year the boys from Capetown have taken on plenty of Kiwi sides, so will be ready. Chiefs pumped as well though, Damian McKenzie is on fire."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sports reporter

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
"The Canes have way too much firepower for the Brumbies who were flattered by the Chiefs score line."

Crusaders v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
"They'll take plenty of improvement from last week's return. They bring X factor against a Crusaders side that fell in a heap in the second half last week."

Lions v Sharks: Lions 13+
"A repeat of last week's match but Johannesburg venue should see Lions run rampant."

Stormers v Chiefs: Stormers 1-12

"The South African side won their pool match which was one of the best of the competition and they can repeat in Cape Town."

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Hurricanes reporter

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Crusaders v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Sharks: Lions 1-12
Stormers v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Matt Manukia - 1 NEWS league reporter

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Crusaders v Highlanders: Crusaders 13+
Lions v Sharks: Lions 13+
Stormers v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12

Matt Hall Smith - 1 NEWS South Island sport reporter

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Crusaders v Highlanders: Crusaders 1-12
Lions v Sharks: Lions 1-12
Stormers v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS sport producer

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Sunwolves v Blues: Blues 13+
Chiefs v Brumbies: Chiefs 1-12
Hurricanes v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Homepage Editor

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Crusaders v Highlanders: Crusaders 1-12
Lions v Sharks: Lions 1-12
Stormers v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS sport producer

Brumbies v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Crusaders v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Lions v Sharks: Lions 1-12
Stormers v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Scoreboard: Stephen 125, Saville 125, Faleatua 125, Brodyn 122, Josh 121, Matt H 108, Matt M 108, John 102.

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