Just when Super Rugby is getting really exciting, it's being interrupted by a show of mediocrity.
The red card against Springbok Bismarck du Plessis in Saturday's rugby test between South Africa and New Zealand has been removed from his record.
Tries from Kieran Read helped New Zealand grab victory over South Africa, who had Bismarck du Plessis sent off for two contentious yellow cards.
Bismarck du Plessis has failed to make the Sharks' matchday squad for their weekend clash against the Bulls in Durban.
New South Wales Waratahs put their season firmly back on track by coming from behind to beat a tiring Sharks side 34-30.
Bismarck du Plessis said filling captain John Smit's boots would be one of the goals he would like to achieve when South Africa take on Samoa.
Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis says South Africa need to improve their lineout play ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup match against Fiji.
Butch James is on the bench and Lambie is at fullback as Morné takes over at flyhalf.
South Africa have dropped captain John Smit to the bench amid five changes to the starting lineup for Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
Sharks captain John Smit failed his fitness test on Thursday and will not feature in Saturday night's encounter against the Bulls in Durban.
Bismarck du Plessis will be back at hooker for the Sharks' Super Rugby encounter against the Brumbies in Durban on Saturday.
Although the Super 14 begins for most teams this year on Valentine's Day, it can be assumed that there will be a minimum of love lost.
Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis and prop Gurthro Steenkamp will miss SA's match against England on Saturday due to injury.
New Zealand on Saturday probably put paid to South Africa's chances of winning the Tri-Nations when they beat them 19-0 at a packed Newlands Stadium.
Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis has been suspended for three weeks following an incident in Saturday's Tri-Nations Test in Dunedin.
Centre Jean de Villiers scored two tries as South Africa scrapped their way to a 37-21 victory over Wales in the second Test on Saturday.
JP Pietersen's lack of form in the Super 14 season has cost him a place in the Springbok squad that was named in Somerset West on Wednesday. The Sharks' World Cup-winning wing failed to score a try in the 2008 series after he finished the 2007 Super 14 season as the leading try scorer.
The target for a Super 14 rugby semifinal berth for the Sharks was clear -- a bonus-point victory initially or a win by 18 points or more -- as they took to the field against the Chiefs of New Zealand at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday night. In the end, it was a convincing triumph as the necessary tries were secured and surpassed.
It looks like the closely fought endgame of the Super 14 might turn Saturday's announcement of the 45-man Springbok squad into something of a damp squib. Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will want to avoid disrupting the semifinal preparations of the Sharks and Stormers and will postpone naming players from those squads.