Carter claims Crusaders success
Dan Carter scored a try and kicked 20 points as the Crusaders recorded a resounding 40-12 victory over the Highlanders in Super Rugby.
George Whitelock, Andy Ellis and Telusa Veianu also dotted down for the visitors, who outscored their opponents by four tries to two in Dunedin.
The Highlanders played the last 20 minutes with 14 men after centre Ma'a Nonu was carded for a tip tackle on Tom Marshall.
Riaan Viljoen helped the Sharks snatch a 22-20 victory from the jaws of defeat against the Blues with a try from the last attack of the match to keep his side's hopes of reaching the Super Rugby play-offs alive.
The Blues, after three successive defeats, had looked on course for victory after a superb second-half recovery saw them turn a 17-5 half-time deficit into a 20-17 lead heading into the dying seconds in Durban.
However, a sustained spell of late Sharks pressure finally paid dividends when they spread the ball out wide right in the final minute and Viljoen jinked inside his marker to touch down and seal the win.
The Bulls strengthened their position at the top of the South African conference with a crushing 48-18 win over Southern Kings in Super Rugby.
There were six separate try scorers for the home side with Morne Steyn booting 16 points as the Kings were dominated in every area of the field. They did battle back with two tries from Wimple van der Walt but the only real consolation for the visitors was that they kept their hosts below the 50-point mark.
Joe Pietersen kicked 13 points as the Stormers claimed a 28-3 victory over rivals Cheetahs at Fedsure Park.
Cheetahs opened the scoring through a Riaan Smit penalty but their lack of discipline saw Pietersen steadily kick the Cape Town outfit into the lead with three penalties. Tries from Deon Fourie, Siya Kolisi and Bryan Habana put the Stormers out of sight but the latter's late knock-on cost his side a fourth try and the bonus-point win.