The Otago Highlanders have put a miserable season behind them with a swashbuckling display on their way to a 38-28 victory over Auckland Blues.
There comes a time when promise has to be turned into achievement. That moment has arrived for Naka Drotske's Cheetahs.
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.
The Bulls are on the cusp of securing a home semifinal in Vodacom Super Rugby after beating the Highlanders 35-18.
The Stormers have made seven changes to their team for the final match of their Super Rugby overseas tour against the Rebels in Melbourne, Australia.
Super Rugby's 13th round produced another feast of high-scoring and close matches in which defence at times seemed to be an afterthought.
The Cheetahs lost their way, skipper Adriaan Strauss admitted, after their 39-34 defeat to the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein.
Colin Slade has scored a second-half try among 15 points as the Highlanders broke an eight-match losing run with a 25-22 win over the Sharks.
In the third season of a 15-team structure for Super Rugby, questions are being asked about inconsistencies in the format.
The Bulls' coach believes the scoreline did not reflect the effort that was required from his charges to beat the Waratahs in their Super Rugby match.
The Cheetahs have stunned the Sharks and moved to the top of the South African Vodacom Super Rugby Conference with a 12-6 victory in Durban.
The Brumbies have survived intense pressure to cling on to a 19-19 Super 15 draw with the Queensland Reds and stay top of the Australian conference.
The newest Super Rugby franchise went unbeaten through Australia and arrived back in Port Elizabeth to a hero's welcome.
Three wins by Australian teams over New Zealand opponents have reshaped the Super Rugby championship during the ninth round.
Injury-hit Canterbury Crusaders have been bidding for a fourth straight win over 2012 Super 15 finalists the Sharks.
Centre Christian Lealiifano's 45-metre penalty goal after the siren gave the ACT Brumbies a 23-20 win over the Bulls in their Super Rugby encounter.
Demoralised Aussies, who left blood on the bus – not the field – are painfully short of top players.
The Sharks recorded their biggest Super Rugby victory on Saturday with a 64-7 humiliation of the Melbourne Rebels at Kings Park in Durban.
Springbok JJ Engelbrecht had a try disallowed after the full-time siren as the Reds clung on for a tense 23-18 win over the Bulls in Brisbane.
Brothers George and Luke Whitelock shared four tries and Dan Carter kicked 16 points as the Crusaders trounced the Southern Kings 55-20.