The NSW Waratahs ground their way to victory in their Super Rugby opener, prevailing 19-13 over the Force on a wet night at Allianz Stadium.
The Brumbies were defiant for 80 minutes, but they couldn't snatch a win in Christchurch.
Follow full live coverage as the Waratahs get their season underway against the Western Force on a wet track in Sydney.
The Hurricanes have pulverised the Sunwolves in the opening match of their Super Rugby defence, winning 83-17.
The Rebels opened their Super Rugby campaign against Auckland Blues on Thursday night losing 56-18.
The Waratahs' round one ambitions have taken a hit after Test No.10 Bernard Foley was ruled out with ongoing concussion symptoms.
Proof of financial sustainability and on-field success are the keys for Australia's Super Rugby franchises.
This time last year, Waratahs second-rower Will Skelton was unfit, over his usual playing weight and in his own words "not in a good place".
The future of Chiefs Super Rugby midfielder Charlie Ngatai remains up in the air as he continues to battle the symptoms of a serious concussion.
Waratahs captain Michael Hooper is unfazed by the prospect of filling the void left by a number of veterans following the end of last season.
Melbourne Rebels and Marika Koroibete had their first proper introduction at training Monday and the first impression was a strong one.
The financially-struggling Brumbies have been dealt a blow with the NSW Waratahs not appearing at Canberra Stadium during the 2017 Super Rugby season.
Melbourne Rebels will embrace the spotlight when they open the 2017 Super Rugby season against the Blues of Auckland at AAMI Park on February 23.
Organisers of the glitzy new Brisbane Global Tens are hopeful it will provide Super Rugby with the high-profile summer springboard the sport has long needed.
You know the Hurricanes but who are the Lions? Three seasons after politics forced them out of Super Rugby, the Lions are ready to roar.
To say the Waratahs didn't get the rub of the green in Auckland would be an understatement. Yet, they bow out of this year's competition with no burning sense of injustice. There were too many soft moments.
Australian rugby's weekend Super Rugby horror show highlights the need for changes in how the professional game operates, Bill Pulver says.
Customarily, this column also selects a team of the week from the best performances in the Australian conference, but that won't be happening this week.
Coaches face the same merry-go-round selection process that players do. They are subject to the same scrutiny of form and talent to reach the top.
Melbourne Rebels will have an independent review of their whole football department after injuries have derailed the side's Super Rugby season.