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.
Fullback Israel Folau scored his 11th try of the season as the Waratahs beat the Chiefs 33-17, likely ending the Chiefs' two-year reign as champions.
Just when Super Rugby is getting really exciting, it's being interrupted by a show of mediocrity.
Jake White admits his players have gone into their shells, and all the stops will have to be pulled out against the on-form Crusaders.
Following its weekend win over the Stormers, Bulls chances of reaching the playoffs will be given a boost if the Sharks lose their remaining games.
The Sharks have clung to first place in the Super Rugby table by taking a bonus point from a 16-9 loss to the Brumbies in a top of the table clash.
Wholesale changes to the Waikato Chiefs produced the desired result as the defending Super 15 champions downed the Golden Lions 38-8.
A dominant forward pack allowed the Canterbury Crusaders' to maintain their Super15 winning streak when they downed the ACT Brumbies 40-20.