They were outscored three tries to two, but the Chiefs clung on to edge out the Sharks 24-22 in New Plymouth on Friday night to stay top of the Super Rugby table.
Highlanders midfield back Jason Emery has been suspended for four weeks for his collision with airborne Sharks fullback Willie le Roux.
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.
On a night when the Blues had so many reasons to front, they instead dished up a muddled and messy display. Their 23-18 victory over the Sharks was the definition of winning ugly.
A late try to captain Kieran Read has carried the Crusaders to a tense 19-14 win over the Sharks in Durban, leaving no unbeaten teams in Super Rugby.
For the Cowboys, it's all about taking Paul Gallen out of the equation on Saturday night in Townsville.
All the talking points from Cronulla's 21-20 golden point win against the Canberra Raiders.
South Africans Robert du Preez and Andre Esterhuizen were banned for six and four weeks respectively on Monday after committing dangerous tackles in a weekend Super 15 match.
South African rugby hard man Bismarck du Plessis cried on Saturday after his final Super Rugby appearance for the Sharks ended in a 34-12 home victory over the Stormers.
South Africa's Sharks have confirmed the departure of three of their key Springbok players at the end of the Super Rugby season as their rebuilding starts for the next campaign.
Was it the best performance by any team this season? Sharks captain Wade Graham thought so.
A two-try haul from skipper Scott Higginbotham wasn't enough for the Melbourne Rebels to achieve a break-through win in South Africa, falling 25-21 to the Sharks in Durban.
The former Wallabies winger completely miscued an attempted kick to gift the Sharks a try and it blew the stuffing out of a Reds outfit in front of their home crowd.
Sharks coach Gary Gold has rejected calls for a return to neutral referees in Super Rugby but called for "competency and consistency" after a controversial loss to the Waratahs in Sydney.
The Waratahs' finals hopes are alive and kicking after a tumultuous 33-18 win over the Sharks in Sydney on Saturday.
It was no royal command performance but the Hurricanes did enough to beat the Sharks 32-24 in Wellington to extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby ladder.
Aaron Smith was at his sparkling best as the Highlanders outclassed the Sharks 48-15 in a record-breaking Super Rugby win in Dunedin.
The Bulls rose four places to second in the Super Rugby standings after an ugly 17-10 victory on Saturday at fellow South Africans the Sharks.
The Lions survived a stoppage-time scare to defeat the harks 23-21 Saturday and secure a Super Rugby top-six place for the first time this season.
Sharks flanker Jean Deysel has been banned for seven weeks for kneeing an opponent in the head in a Super Rugby game.