Johan Goosen gave a perfect kicking display as the Cheetahs staged a stunning reversal of form to beat the Highlanders 36-19 in the Super 15 in Invercargill.
Goosen kicked five penalty goals and converted all three tries as the Cheetahs completed a major upset over the much-fancied Highlanders.
The Cheetahs, coming off a 45-3 beating by the Chiefs, were unrecognisable from the team of last week as they played outstanding rugby and had the game nailed by halftime when they led 30-7. Only wing Kade Poki and fullback Ben Smith made much of an impression in a Highlanders' side which is still seeking a first win of the campaign.
The Brumbies' comprehensive 35-6 bonus-point win against a disappointing Waratahs side at Canberra Stadium has been soured by a potentially serious knee injury to star flanker David Pocock.
On a night when the Brumbies' faithful were out in force to welcome back old favourite George Smith on a three-month loan from Japan, the locals were left silent in the 13th minute when superstar Pocock was carried off the field after damaging his knee in a rather innocuous collision with Waratahs' centre Adam Ashley-Cooper.
It is feared Pocock has damaged his ACL, putting the rest of his Super Rugby campaign - and his involvement in playing against the British and Irish Lions - in serious doubt.