All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter kicked four conversions and two penalties in the Crusaders' 34-6 win over South Africa's Lions in Super Rugby.
For many reasons, this season's Super Rugby will be more unpredictable than ever.
Coach Frans Ludeke has a lot riding on this weekend's match against the Sharks.
The captain missed the opening game last week when he withdrew at the last minute due to a shoulder problem, and will replace Kyle Cooper.
With the Stormers sweating over injuries and the Bulls needing early momentum, the Sharks look likely to have the best chance of winning Super Rugby.
Teams from Japan and Argentina have been approved to join the Super Rugby tournament as of 2016, as well as South African team, the Southern Kings.
Sharks utility back S'bura Sithole says the team has every chance of toppling the Lions in Saturday's semifinal.
Bernard Foley kicked a penalty a minute from time to give the Waratahs their maiden Super Rugby title with a 33-32 victory over the Crusaders.
The 23-year-old loose forward will lead the side in defending their Currie Cup crown.
The Canterbury Crusaders have showed the calibre of performance that will give their supporters hope they can add an eighth title next week.
The Crusaders scored four unanswered tries in the second half to outclass the Sharks 38-6 and book their place in the Super Rugby final.
Predicting the Super 15 finalists would be simple were it not for the calibre of the teams competing.
Two tries in three minutes helped the Sharks book their ticket to the Super Rugby semi-finals with a victory over the Highlanders on Saturday.
Poor form leaves Durbanites with an uphill climb to overcome Super Rugby’s unforgiving structure.
The Crusaders beat the Highlanders 34-8 to win the New Zealand conference in Super Rugby.
The Durban team need to reverse their recent toothless form if they are to resurrect ambitions of glory.
As Super Rugby approaches its final round there is almost no certainty around the outcome of the play-offs race.
The Durban team need to follow the example the Bulls set in 2007, when losing was just not an option.
The Blues have lifted themselves to a 37-24, bonus point win over the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, severely denting the Hurricanes' chances.