Centre Matt Faddes starred with two tries as the Highlanders snapped the Crusaders' eight-match winning streak with a 34-26 victory in a compelling Super Rugby contest in Dunedin.
The ACT Brumbies are fighting to save their season after a 23-10 loss to the Otago Highlanders.
The ACT Brumbies board delivered a sour pill to the players on Saturday night as they delivered the news chief executive Michael Jones was leaving the club with a payout.
Geoff Larkham has urged the Brumbies to find a way to rebuild their family atmosphere and unity.
Michael Jones has reportedly launched a workplace investigation into the actions of Stephen Moore and Scott Fardy.
The Brumbies' reinforcements have promised to make sure standards don't drop against the Otago Highlanders.
David Pocock has opened up on why he apologised for the tackle which led to his two-game ban.
The ACT Brumbies drama could be set for a resolution after chief executive Michael Jones agreed to the board's offer of formal mediation.
Brumbies prop Ruan Smith vows to take an opportunity 12 months in the making
ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says it just "feels right" to shake up his line-up and inject new blood, adamant the biggest rotation of the season can trigger a form turnaround.
Peter Ryan is adamant the Brumbies can plug the holes in their defensive line to steady their season.
The ACT Brumbies are set to call in reinforcements in a bid to end their mid-season wobble.
The ACT Brumbies board wants a formal mediation process with chief executive Michael Jones in a bid to end the back-room tussle and avoid a prolonged court battle.
Brumbies winger ruled out for 6-8 weeks due to medial strain, co-captain Stephen Moore might not fly.
And Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham backs Australia having five Super Rugby teams.
Highlanders midfield back Jason Emery has been suspended for four weeks for his collision with airborne Sharks fullback Willie le Roux.
Brumbies' leading try-scorer to undergo scans on Tuesday.
Brumbies playmaker Matt Toomua says David Pocock's return is a boost, but they still have plenty to work on.
The Highlanders, a man down for most of the match following a red card, have produced a gutsy effort before falling to the Sharks 15-14 and their second successive one-point Super Rugby defeat.
The Highlanders have won a brutal encounter over the Western Force 32-20 in Dunedin to surge to the top of the Super Rugby standings.