The Crusaders used their powerful pack to devastating effect as they advanced to the Super Rugby Pacific semi-finals with a hard-fought victory over the Reds in Christchurch on Friday.
An injury suffered by Wallabies playmaker James O’Connor could put his Test season under threat, which would open the door for Quade Cooper to once again face the Springboks in the Rugby Championship.
Rameka Pohipi scored a match-winning try after the siren as the Chiefs upset the Crusaders, but the Brumbies and Reds kept their unbeaten Super Rugby Pacific records intact at the weekend.
The Reds once again overcame slippery conditions in Super Rugby Pacific to edge the Waratahs in a tight tussle in Sydney.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Queensland Reds found a way to victory over the Melbourne Rebels at a rain-soaked Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
James O’Connor celebrated his 100th Super Rugby appearance by guiding the Reds to a 23-5 victory against the Rebels in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Reds conceded two yellow cards and the Hurricanes made the most of the opportunity to score six tries in a record win at the Cake Tin in Wellington on Friday.
The Blues faded after a fast start but held on to deny the resurgent Reds for a 31-24 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman win in Brisbane on Friday.
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Reduced to a punching bag for New Zealand rugby, Australia need only seize the opportunity to engage South Africa in a mutually beneficial rugby competition, writes ZELIM NEL.