The Sharks have returned to the Super Rugby winners' list, ending a disappointing tour to New Zealand and Australia with a gritty 23-13 win over the Western Force in Perth on Friday night.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Western Force winger Patrick Dellit scored a double but it wasn't enough as the Chiefs held on for a scrappy 22-21 Super Rugby victory in Friday night's clash in Pukekohe.
ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
When Western Force halfback Brett Sheehan was told his son only had a 50-50 chance of survival last month, his own injury woes suddenly didn't matter one bit.
Justin Chadwick When Western Force halfback Brett Sheehan was told his son only had a 50-50 chance of survival last month, his own injury woes suddenly didn't matter.
Western Force coach Michael Foley believes his team has been dudded on the fixture front as they brace for a gruelling trek back to New Zealand.
Justin Chadwick Western Force winger Alfie Mafi is expected to take up a lucrative offer in Japan after being axed by the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise.
Justin Chadwick Star Queensland Reds five-eighth Quade Cooper missed a 75th-minute sideline conversion as the Western Force held on for a 11-11 Super Rugby draw in Perth on Saturday night.
FORCE v REDS
nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)
The Western Force felt a distinct lack of respect when it last faced arch Super Rugby rivals the Queensland Reds.
CHRIS DUTTON THE ACT Brumbies' golden days are alive again and the new generation stamped themselves as a genuine Super Rugby contender .
LEE GASKIN Catch all the action from Canberra Stadium as the Brumbies take on the Force in Super Rugby.
CHRIS DUTTON He was once the heir to Brumbies great Stephen Larkham's throne, but Sam Norton-Knight is returning to Canberra as an enemy determined to cause a boilover on Saturday night.
Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)
CHRIS DUTTON The ACT Brumbies will give prop Scott Sio a chance to push his Wallabies claims when he is added to the starting XV to play the Western Force on Saturday night.
CHRIS DUTTON He's been part of a Queensland Reds championship and an ACT Brumbies revival, but scrumhalf Ian Prior says it's time to test himself as a leader at the Western Force and hopes he can take a winning culture to Perth.
Imagine the feeling of being on the pitch to greet the Emirates Western Force players as they run out at their home game on 4 May. It could be you!
The Western Force unleashed a brave second-half fightback but it wasn't enough as the Hurricanes secured a 22-16 Super Rugby victory in Wellington on Friday night.
Inconsistency has dogged the Western Force for much of their eight-year existence in Super Rugby, but prop Pek Cowan is confident the team is finally ready to shed the tag.
Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty tackled a pitch invader in the dying minutes of the Western Force's 16-14 Super Rugby triumph in Perth on Saturday night.
Western Force coach Michael Foley denies the Super Rugby club have been making illegal front-row substitutions this season, claiming the moves have disadvantaged them at times.
The Western Force will be without their weekly dose of madness for the next two months, but lock Sam Wykes is champing at the bit to fill the void left by Hugh McMeniman.
nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday (AEST)
Queensland Reds back Luke Morahan says a few conversations with past and present Western Force players convinced him to sign on with the Perth-based franchise on a two-year deal.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Western Force have re-signed in-form lock Hugh McMeniman for a further two seasons, tying him to the Super Rugby club until the end of 2015.
Western Force lock Hugh McMeniman injured his shoulder as the Melbourne Rebels snapped a five-game losing streak with a 30-23 Super Rugby triumph at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEDT)
Western Force Super Rugby player Chris Eaton is grieving after his wife died in a car accident in his home country New Zealand.