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Tevita Nabura’s first half red card helped pave the way to a deserved 41-12 victory for the Waratahs over the Highlanders in Sydney on Saturday.
The Crusaders consolidated their position at the top of the standings when they claimed a 32-24 win over the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
An injury time drop goal from Hayden Parker sealed a narrow 26-23 win over the Stormers in their Super Rugby clash in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Lyon will play Montpellier in the semi-finals of the Top 14, despite drawing 19-19 with Toulon, after going through on tries scored.
Scarlets booked a spot in the PRO14 Final after they saw off Glasgow Warriors in a classy 28-13 semi-final victory at Scotstoun on Friday.
The Barbarians have named players from nine different nationalities, World Cup winners and Lions in their squad to face England next week.
A disappointed Reds brains trust has rued blown opportunities, after falling short of an upset against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.
Fans’ player of the year Nick Malouf is to return to the Australian Sevens set-up after spending the 2017/18 season with Leicester Tigers.
Ulster will face off with the Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Sunday with a coveted spot in the 2018/2019 Champions Cup at stake.
The Premiership season has reached its business end with Saracens and Exeter hosting Wasps and Newcastle in their respective semi-finals.
The second PRO14 semi-final will take place at the RDS on Saturday in Dublin as Irish rivals Leinster and Munster clash for a place in the final.
Bulls captain Burger Odendaal and locks RG Snyman and Jason Jenkins are amongst those who have extended contracts with the Pretoria side.
Connacht and Ireland centre Bundee Aki will captain the Barbarians in their Quilter Cup showdown against England at Twickenham on May 27.
The Hurricanes notched up their tenth successive triumph with a hard-fought 38-34 victory over the Reds at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed the release of stalwarts Nic Stirzaker and Jordy Reid to officially join new clubs in England.
The Top 14 has reached the play-off stage where Toulon and Lyon will begin proceedings at the Stade Mayol on Friday night.
It is unsurprising a tougher schedule has yielded a more difficult season for the Lions and they will look to find their form against the Brumbies.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read is hoping to return to action for the Crusaders in July as he continues his recovery from a spinal injury.
The fight for Super Rugby play-off spots intensifies this weekend in Buenos Aires when the Jaguares return home to play host to the Bulls.
Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani will win his 100th Super Rugby cap for his side when they run out to face the Lions at Ellis Park this Saturday.