Brumbies have built a 14-0 lead with a strong wind behind them in the first half to beat the Auckland-based Blues 20-13 in Super Rugby.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee was pleased by the opportunities his side created in their 18-17 loss against the Blues, despite his criticism.
South Africa and New Zealand's derby matches will determine which team holds the lead in the Super 15 when the competition goes into recess in June.
The Canterbury Crusaders have won the opening Super Rugby match 19-18 against the Auckland Blues, edged on my Tyler Bleyendaal's kicked goals.
It's a curiosity of the live music scene in SA that a band can gig in Cape Town to rave reviews for two years and never make a trip north to Jo'burg.
It has been more than a decade since any team won a Super Rugby play-off match outside their own country.
The team from Durban will have to repeat the heroics of their win over the Bulls last weekend if they are to defeat the Crusaders in New Zealand.
The Blues and injury-ravaged Waratahs are due to launch Super Rugby's extended play-offs series 78 days before the Rugby World Cup begins.
The Canterbury Crusaders seized control of the New Zealand conference when two tries by Zac Guildford cemented a 23-16 win over the Auckland Blues.
All bets are off on the remaining fixtures as the Super Rugby tournament has created constantly changing fortunes.
As the Super Rugby tournament reaches its halfway mark, fans are growing weary of the repetition.
The Hurricanes slotted a record nine penalty kicks to beat the Auckland Blues 34-20 in the opening Super 14 match of the 2010 season on Friday.
The Auckland Blues remain in touch with the Super 14 competition leaders after thrashing the bottom-placed Central Cheetahs 46-12 on Friday.
The Sharks picked up their first bonus point of the season with a magnificent 35-31 win over the Blues in Auckland on Saturday morning.
Lloyd Gedye meets new band The Shadow Club.
Departing Auckland Blues coach David Nucifora will take up the position of the Australian rugby Union's (ARU) high performance manager in June, ARU chief executive John O'Neill told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday. The former Wallabies hooker will replace Pat Howard, who returned to Australia last year after a successful stint with English club side Leicester Tigers.
The expansion of the Super 14 rugby finals to a six-team play-off next year is all but a certainty after this season's logjam saw two form teams miss the cut. Sanzar officials have been considering revamping the finals, with the most obvious first step being to increase the number of teams involved following repeated complaints that a four-team final is far too restrictive.
The Auckland Blues kept their faint Super 14 semifinal hopes alive with a pulsating 19-17 win over the Wellington Hurricanes in Auckland on Friday. Trailing 16-17 at half-time, the Blues scored the only points of the second period when fullback Nick Evans kicked his fourth penalty to give his side what turned out to be a match-winning lead.
The Wellington Hurricanes and Auckland Blues kick off a climactic final Super 14 round on Friday in which six teams have a chance of joining the Canterbury Crusaders in the final four. The make-up of the semifinalists is unlikely to be decided until the final match of the weekend when the Sharks play the Chiefs.
The Auckland Blues beat their New Zealand rivals the Otago Highlanders 40-15 at Dunedin on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of making the Super 14 semifinals. The Blues scored five tries to collect a valuable bonus point and move into the top four with only one round to go before the play-offs.