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Super Rugby finals system 'strange': Smith

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/05/2017 Vince Rugari

<span style="font-size:13px;">George Smith has urged the Queensland Reds to take full advantage of Super Rugby's "strange" finals system.</span> © Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images/ George Smith has urged the Queensland Reds to take full advantage of Super Rugby's "strange" finals system. George Smith admits it feels "strange" that the Queensland Reds are still in Super Rugby finals contention despite a 3-8 win-loss record.

But the Wallabies great isn't complaining, instead urging his teammates to take full advantage of Super Rugby's complicated and convoluted system.

Since the expansion to 18 teams last year, the winner of each conference in Super Rugby is given an automatic finals berth.

That means one Australian side is guaranteed to be there - even though no team has won more than four games, and the lowest-ranked New Zealand team has a better overall record than the highest-ranked Australian team, currently the Brumbies.

"It is strange when you look at the whole of Super Rugby," Smith said ahead of Friday's must-win home clash against the Western Force.

"But I guess that's the way it is. If you top your conference you have the opportunity.

"And anything can happen there.

"For us (it's) just fortunate we still have the opportunity to be in contention to top the conference and we need to be performing well this Friday. It's a non-negotiable."

The Brumbies lead the Australian conference on 23 points but the Waratahs (19 points) and Reds (16) are still in with a strong chance of overtaking them.

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