The uncertainty regarding their Super Rugby future was a contributing factor in the Cheetahs’ loss to the Sharks on Saturday.
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The Sharks came out on top in a see-sawing tussle with the Cheetahs on Saturday, scoring four tries in a 38-30 victory in Bloemfontein.
The Lions moved to the top of the South African group after a strong first half in Port Elizabeth propelled them to a 42-19 win over the Kings.
The Stormers made it four wins out of four in Super Rugby this season after they beat the Sunwolves 44-31 in a thrilling clash in Singapore.
The Highlanders came from 10-0 down to beat the Brumbies 18-13 in their Super Rugby meeting at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday.
The Blues ended a run of three straight losses as they claimed a 38-14 bonus-point success against the Bulls in North Harbour on Saturday.
The Waratahs came back from 25-6 down at half-time to overcome the Rebels 32-25 in a thrilling Super Rugby clash in Melbourne on Friday.
Stormers boss Robbie Fleck feels the team are in a good position to deliver in Singapore after a smoother preparation than last year.
Sharks boss Robert du Preez admitted that dropping Benhard Janse van Rensburg had not been an easy decision ahead of Saturday.
The Crusaders moved top of the Super Rugby standings on Friday as they claimed a 45-17 bonus-point win over the Force in Christchurch.