The Bulls, 19-0 down in as many minutes, produced a fabulous comeback 43-34 win against the high riding Jaguares in Pretoria and in Cape Town the Stormers were always in control in downing the Sharks 27-16.
The Lions were the biggest beneficiary of the weekend results because the Bulls win means they remain top of the South African conference and in control of their own destiny. A victory for the Jaguares would have moved them into top spot.
It seemed, at least for the first quarter, as if this victory would be a formality as the Jaguares raced to a 19-0 lead but the Bulls, thanks to some Warrick Gelant magic, stopped the rot and added five more tries in getting their sixth win of the season.
Dillyn Leyds, playing in his 50th match for the Stormers, provided the moment of inspiration the Stormers required to break the Sharks.
The Stormers were leading 14-9 when Leyds, as he has done most of the season, found something special to cut the defence and set up the Stormers third try. It would prove decisive in the outcome.
The Sharks can still make the play-offs because of the Rebels defeat earlier in the weekend but the integrity of Super Rugby will remain under the microscope when a team wins six matches from 15 and still makes a play-off.
How Sport24 visually reflected the Stormers win.
Tries: Cobus Wiese, EW Viljoen, Raymond Rhule
Conversions: Josh Stander (3)
Penalties: Stander (2)
Try: Kobus from Wyk
Conversion: Robert du Preez
Penalties: Du Preez (3)
15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter Steph du Toit (Captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, Jan 5 de Klerk, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensberg.
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Juarno August, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Craig Barry.
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Aker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 John Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk
How Sport24 visually reflected the Bulls’s win.
Tries: Johnny Kotze, Embrose Paper, Jesse Kriel, Jamba Ulengo (2), Marco van Staden
Conversions: Handre Pollard (5)
Tries: Nicolas Sanchez, Pablo Matera (2), Gonzalo Bertranou (2)
Conversions: Sanchez (3)
Penalty: Emiliano Boffelli
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima / Matthys Basson, 18 Mornay Smit, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Nick De Jager, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dries Swanepoel
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Diaz, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Matías Orlando, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere