Western Force pulled off the upset of the Super Rugby season so far, notching its first win with a gutsy 21-20 triumph over the Waratahs.
Chris Noakes landed a late penalty to give the Highlanders a 19-17 win over the Hurricanes and maintain their winning start to the season.
The Chiefs scored a try with less than a minute remaining to snap a 22-22 deadlock and down the Brumbies 29-22 at Waikato Stadium on Friday night. (audio)
The Stormers climbed to the top of the Super 15 table on Saturday (AEDT) after a 27-17 victory over New Zealand visitors the Blues at Newlands.
Melbourne's James O'Connor will have his first audition for the Wallabies five-eighth jersey after being named as the Rebels' playmaker against the Cheetahs.
Ewen McKenzie has a pointed message for critics of the Reds - the defending champions are a lot better than they were at the same stage last year.
The Reds have two major hurdles to overcome to successfully defend their title.
All eyes will be on new full-back Adam Ashley-Cooper at New South Wales this Super Rugby season.
Grandstand counts down to the start of the 2012 Super Rugby season with a look at the Brumbies' prospects.
All the talk ahead of the Rebels' second season can be summed up in five words - James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale.
It is the five-eighth curse the Western Force just cannot seem to shake.
Paul Kennedy went behind the scenes with the Melbourne Rebels and spoke with coach Damien Hill in an exclusive interview.