A dramatic 12-9 win over the Stormers secured the Sharks’ spot in the Super Rugby play-offs, where they will be joined by the Bulls.
The Lions are used to reaching the Super Rugby showpiece match but a 37-17 defeat to the Hurricanes has endangered their play-off hopes
Springboks playmaker Elton Jantjies will miss the Lions’ Super Rugby meeting with the Stormers due to a “breach of team protocol”.
The Blues have now suffered 10 consecutive losses to the Crusaders after Super Rugby’s leaders edged a tense Christchurch encounter.
The Hurricanes withstood huge late pressure to beat the Highlanders, while the Stormers were beaten by the Reds.
Quade Cooper made an impact on his return to Suncorp Stadium as the Rebels saw off the Reds, while the Blues claimed a third successive win.