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It was a weekend of blow-out and borefests, but the one team that made the biggest statement was the Sharks.
A succession of head injuries have cast a shadow over the playing future of the Blues' French-bound utility back Benson Stanley.
The Bulls received a timely boost ahead of their final tour match, against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.
A determined fight back was not enough for the Force to haul in the Rebels on Sunday, and although there were positives to take from the defeat at home the Perth side were left frustrated with their performance.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee knows that his table-topping team are in for a fierce examination in the next fortnight, but he is backing the depth in his squad to boost their chances.
The Sharks' victory over the Cheetahs kept them in the hunt for a spot in the play-offs, but the character they showed to perform under considerable pressure was perhaps even more significant.
The Rebels fell off the pace somewhat in the second half but did enough to hold on for a tense 32-31 bonus point victory over Australian rivals the Force in Perth on Sunday.
Crusaders wing Zac Guildford was handed an All Black lifeline when he was recalled to the national training squad as a replacement for the injured Cory Jane.
The Stormers held on for a hard-earned 19-13 win over a desperate Waratahs team in their Super Rugby encounter at Newlands on Saturday.
The Sharks continued their march up the Super Rugby table and into the play-off positions with a 34-20 win over a willing Cheetahs team in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Reds and Wallaby playmaker Quade Cooper has made a successful return from injury as the Reds collect maximum points in their 34-20 Super Rugby victory over the Lions in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Crusaders returned to form with a vengeance when they crushed the Blues 59-12 in a nine-tries-to-two drubbing in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Saturday.
The Reds kept alive their play-off hopes with a workmanlike 34-20 win over the bottom-placed Lions in their Super Rugby encounter in Brisbane on Saturday.
The three-time champion Bulls were dealt another double injury blow, following their 11-16 Super Rugby loss to the Highlanders in a bruising encounter in Dunedin on Saturday.
Brumbies star Michael Hooper will have to appear before a SANZAR judicial hearing next week, after it was decided to formally charge him for a spear tackle on an opponent in his team's 37-25 win over the Hurricanes on Friday.
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