Ireland overcame a stubborn France side 19-9 on Saturday to move top of the Six Nations standings and stay on course for a possible title showdown against defending champions England.
Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell shone as Scotland staged a rousing comeback to beat Wales for the first time in 10 years in an absorbing 29-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.
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.
All the talking points from the Brumbies' round-one loss to the Crusaders.
The Hurricanes have pulverised the Sunwolves in the opening match of their Super Rugby defence, winning 83-17.
James Lowe pounced on two wayward passes while Hika Elliot took advantage of a day-dreaming defence to give the Waikato Chiefs a 24-15 victory over a wasteful Otago Highlanders side who lost All Blacks fullback Ben Smith to a head injury on Friday.
The Rebels opened their Super Rugby campaign against Auckland Blues on Thursday night losing 56-18.
With the power came the glory. A week after withstanding a second-half shellacking against Ireland, Scotland were blown away in a brutally confrontational second half by a pack which exposed their vulnerability to sheer muscle.
Elliot Daly's try four minutes from time gave champions England a 21-16 victory over Wales in a pulsating Six Nations clash played at relentless speed amid an amazing atmosphere at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Italy coach Conor O'Shea fended off suggestions on Saturday that his team were out of their depth in the Six Nations and said the tournament's experiment with attacking bonus-points encouraged opponents to "go for the jugular" this year.
Two tries to Will Genia has helped the Wallabies string back-to-back wins for the first time this year with a 36-20 victory over an ineffective Argentina outfit in Perth on Saturday.
At times it is hard not to liken the All Blacks to a cruel cat that likes to toy with a bird with a busted wing.
Call it a one-game winning streak. The Wallabies are finally on the board for 2016 after grinding out a 23-17 victory over South Africa in front of a disappointing crowd at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
The All Blacks have run over the top of a valiant Pumas outfit to emerge 57-22 winners in their Rugby Championship showdown in Hamilton.
The Wallabies have suffered more Bledisloe heartbreak with the Cup set to stay in New Zealand for a 14th consecutive year after they came up short 29-9 on Saturday evening.
The Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup hopes were all but dashed on Saturday evening as they suffered their biggest home defeat, going down 42-8 in Sydney.
Five-eighth Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with a little over 11 minutes remaining to score a try that sealed the Wellington Hurricanes' first Super Rugby title.
Two flashes of Beauden Barrett genius booked the Hurricanes a second-successive Super Rugby final appearance following a 25-9 win over the Chiefs.