In looking at the betting odds throughout this Super Rugby season, the Hurricanes' run to Saturday's final has been like a stroll down the beach.
TAB bookmaker Mark Stafford says a Highlanders vs Hurricanes final was a 251:1 odd pre-season. READ MORE: * Hurricanes name team for final * Saveas savouring the moment * 'Romantics should back Highlanders' * Massive All Blacks banner unveiled"They had a bye in round one, so really they only got one rest during the season proper, whereas everyone else got two. Despite their killer form, the Hurricanes also had to convince bookmakers of their title credentials, only taking the favourites tag at the TAB in round 12. Hurricanes winger Julian Savea and Highlanders counterpart Waisake Naholo chase after the ball at McLean Park.

The Hurricanes claim a bonus-point win over the Highlanders in Napier to seal top spot heading into the playoffs.
The Hurricanes remember former All Black Jerry Collins before playing the Highlanders in Napier on Friday. A moment of silence was held for Jerry Collins at the Hurricanes vs Highlanders clash in Napier. Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes looks to the sky after scoring a try against the Highlanders.
One round of Super Rugby's regular season remains and the tricky task of calculating which teams may meet in the playoffs has already begun.The Hurricanes, courtesy of their 56-20 shellacking of the Highlanders in Napier on Friday night have won the minor premiership and are guaranteed a home semifinal regardless of the result against the Chiefs in New Plymouth next weekend.

That means the Wellington-based side, who haven't qualified for the post-season since 2009, are guaranteed a weekend's leave before hosting the semi on the final weekend in June.This is not great news for the Chiefs and Highlanders. After dropping their first game against the Crusaders, they really were behind the eight ball, so to make the final from there like they have, it's been incredible."The Highlanders' run to the playoffs has been surprise enough, given only a 25 per cent chance of making the top six at the season start.

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