The Brumbies and the NSW Waratahs have a showdown next weekend in Sydney to see who plays in the Super Rugby title match.
Richard Knowler All the stars aligned for the Crusaders on Saturday night as they scored four tries to grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.
The return of co-captain Ben Smith from illness has boosted the Highlanders ahead of their Super Rugby play-off match against the Sharks in Durban.
Kings Park Stadium, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
The Highlanders have further loosened the Chiefs' hold on the Super Rugby title with a 29-25 win in a hard-fought contest that produced a nail-biting ending in Dunedin.
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Sunday 4.05pm (AEST)
Georgina Robinson Waratahs attack coach Daryl Gibson needs no convincing that the Waratahs' plum position two games out from the Super Rugby finals series has been reached on the back of a 100-per-cent winning record...
The Waratahs continue their chase for a top-two spot when they host the Highlanders.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs secured a history-making minor premiership and showed why they are without question the team to beat this season with a ferocious, six-try mauling of the Highlanders on Sunday.
Newlands, Cape Town, Saturday 11pm (AEST)
Prop Frans Malherbe waited 40 matches for a Super Rugby try then got two in the opening half hour as the Stormers hurt the Otago Highlanders' playoff hopes with a 29-28 win at Newlands on Saturday.
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
The Highlanders stole a 23-22 Super Rugby win over the Lions in Dunedin on Saturday, turning the tables on last week's narrow loss to the Stormers by the same margin.
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
The cannibalising of New Zealand's Super Rugby conference accelerates this week when two teams sitting either side of the playoff divide meet in Wellington.
Live scores as Hurricanes host the Highlanders.
Five-eighth Hayden Parker was the Highlanders' unlikely hero in an 18-16 victory which severely harms the Super Rugby finals hopes of the Hurricanes.
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 3.35pm (AEST)