Injury-hit Canterbury Crusaders have been bidding for a fourth straight win over 2012 Super 15 finalists the Sharks.
A rampaging Robbie Fruean scored a try in each half to fire the Canterbury Crusaders to a 37-33 away win over the New South Wales Waratahs.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw might play his first match since the Rugby World Cup after being included on the bench for Canterbury's Super 15.
The Waikato Chiefs move to the top of the Super Rugby table, benefiting from a daring plan by the Crusaders, who beat the Stormers.
With the noose of finishing last in Super Rugby tightening around their necks, the Lions will throw down the gauntlet against the Bulls on Saturday.
The Highlanders look to extend their unbeaten start to the Super 15 in Wellington this weekend while defending champs Queensland Reds journey to SA.
The All Blacks and Canterbury Crusaders' Zac Guildford has been banned from the first Super 15 game next year after a drunken spree in November.
The Crusaders will play another Super Rugby season away from home as the Lancaster Park stadium needed to be demolished because of earthquake damage.
Scrumhalf Will Genia produced a moment of opportunistic brilliance to score a 65m try that helped the Queensland Reds to a 18-13 victory.
The Crusaders aim for an eighth Super Rugby crown and hope it serves as a morale boost for those who survived the 6.3-magnitude quake in Christchurch.
New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders will battle a resurgent Queensland Reds as they look to seal an emotional eighth Super Rugby title in Brisbane.
The Super Rugby final between Queensland Reds and Canterbury Crusaders will see flyhalf greats Dan Carter and Quade Cooper face each other.
The Canterbury Crusaders' semifinal upset of the Stormers in Cape Town continued their remarkable odyssey in a tragedy-tinged Super season.
The Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders will attempt to become the first teams since 1999 to win Super Rugby semifinals on foreign soil.
Depleted Super Rugby semifinalists Western Stormers signed Schalk Brits on loan from English club Saracens on Monday.
The Crusaders' season-long odyssey continued by overwhelming a spirited Sharks side 36-8 in Nelson on Saturday to reach the Super Rugby semi-finals.
The Crusaders could be without skipper Richie McCaw for the rest of their Super Rugby campaign after his troublesome foot injury flared up again.
The Canterbury Crusaders, who rested this weekend while their rivals faltered, are determined to secure a top-two finish.
Quade Cooper booted a last-minute penalty to allow the table-topping Queensland Reds to snatch a 17-16 victory over the Canterbury Crusaders.
Queensland Reds will have faced a major test of their Super Rugby title credentials with a showdown against seven-time champions Canterbury Crusaders.