The Super 15 rugby trophy has been marked with synthetic DNA which can be traced in 26 countries, it has been reported.
A powerful first half set the Canterbury Crusaders on their way to the Super 15 semi-finals when they beat the Bulls 28-13 in a play-off match.
Scrumhalf Petrus van Zyl scored an injury-time try to give the Central Cheetahs a first win of the Super 15 season in a 33-26 victory over the Rebels.
As the 2012 Super Rugby season kicks off, Andy Capostagno analyses the three conferences and looks ahead to a weekend of local derbies.
The switch of venue from the Crusaders' home turf in Christchurch to Twickenham plays into their hands.
Cheetahs captain Juan Smith will miss the rest of the Super 15 after heel surgery but he's expected to be available for the Rugby World Cup.
All Blacks and Crusaders captain Richie McCaw will miss the first month of the Super 15 rugby season after fracturing a bone in his foot.
While the teams involved in the Super 15 prepare to enter the murky waters of a new competition the familiar tug of war in SA rugby remains in place.
Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock has been linked with new Australian Super 15 franchise, the Rebels.
Australia's new Super 15 team, the Melbourne Rebels, on Monday appointed Melbourne Storm administrator Brian Waldron as its chief executive.