Blues had the lead late and a chance to win with a dropkick from in front - but all comes to naught.
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 4.10am (AEST)
The Cheetahs shocked the careless Sharks 35-29 on Saturday to win the first South African derby of the Super Rugby season and collect a bonus point at Kings Park.
The Stormers recorded the first shutout of the Super Rugby season as they ran in four tries to comfortably beat the Cheetahs 33-0 at Newlands on Saturday.
Chris Dutton Last year's semi-final triumph in Pretoria will give the Brumbies confidence this week in South Africa.
Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua is refusing to get caught up in Wallabies distractions this week.
Chris Dutton The five talking points out of the Brumbies' 27-21 loss to the Free State Cheetahs on Sunday morning.
Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have missed a golden opportunity to stake their claim for the Super Rugby finals when they failed to fire against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham believes Australian players still view the World Cup as rugby’s holy grail and is confident the club’s re-signing blitz is proof stars will resist lucrative overseas deals.
Chris Dutton BLOEMFONTEIN: Forget about finals and keep winning games. The ACT Brumbies have shelved talk of a play-off berth to avoid tumbling down the Super Rugby ladder.
BLOEMFONTEIN: Cheetahs wing Willie Le Roux inspired a 35-22 home victory over the Stormers as his team ended a seven-match winless streak to move off the bottom of the Super Rugby standings on Saturday.
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday 1am (AEST)
Kings Park, Durban, Saturday 11pm (AEST)
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, April 12 (Reuters) - Winger Nemani Nadolo scored a hat-trick of tries and flyhalf Colin Slade contributed 25 points as Canterbury Crusaders beat Cheetahs 52-31 in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday to keep alive their playoff hopes.
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 11.55pm (AEDT)