It's time for our wrap of who has their name in lights at the moment ... and who is making the headlines for the wrong reasons.
They're on fire!
Chiefs: Written off in many quarters during the lead-up to their semi-final with the Crusaders, the Chiefs silenced the doubters with a showing that illustrated just why they are reigning champions. Dogged in defence while opportunistic and clinical in attack, the home side crucially got over the finish line to beat a side that had been in superb form in recent rounds. Their feat is all the more impressive due to the fact they are missing Richard Kahui, Tim Nanai-Williams and Mahonri Schwalger. They are now 80 minutes away from back-to-back titles in Hamilton. Will history be repeated?
Brumbies: Not many pundits gave Jake White's troops much hope at fortress Loftus, but credit to them for not giving up, fighting until the very end and beating the Bulls at their own game. The Aussie conference winners will be the rank outsiders for their first final since 2004 by as the old saying goes, anything can happen in a final.
Lions: Arguably the most important game of last weekend in terms of the financial benefits and standing in the world game, the Kings and Lions scrapped it out in Port Elizabeth as they looked for a first leg advantage. The visitors shocked the hosts by 19-26, taking four points from the game while the Kings got what could be a priceless losing bonus to take to Johannesburg. The Lions though, led by impressive performances from Jaco Kriel and Nicolaas Hanekom, deserved their win and with the Kings minus Demetri Catraklis this Saturday, it should mean Super Rugby returns for the Lions.
George Smith: 33 years young. Smith looked the fittest player on the field at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday as he rolled back the years with a running game that was backed up by excellent work at the breakdown. Man-of-the-match and rightly so, the openside flanker has been a revelation in Canberra since returning to cover for the injured David Pocock. While his Lions swansong didn't go to plan, a Super Rugby title would do very nicely.
Someone turn up the heater!
Dewald Potgieter: The Bulls skipper's last game at Loftus before heading to Japan will long be remembered for those controversial decisions in the closing stages of the semi-final against the Brumbies. It seemed crazy, but there was some method to his madness. The Brumbies proved Potgieter's point by scoring soon after he finally buckled and took the points, allowing the visitors to regain territory from the kick-off, exactly what he was trying to avoid by kicking into the corner. It's also fair to say he had reason to back the Bulls' usually-reliable driving maul to get over the whitewash. If the Bulls had scored a try, we would all be praising him for a brave call. But, while the first call to turn down points was very bold, the second was pushing it beyond reasonable and rolling the dice a third time - when the tactics clearly weren't baring fruit - was reckless. Trying to sit on a one-point lead by playing for territory for a whole ten minutes is not the way to win a knock-out game.
Dan Carter: It's not often you see DC in the bottom half of the this feature but ,once again, failing to win a close game with a drop goal has left a blemish on his outstanding career. Landing a drop is as much about timing and positioning as it is about the swing of a leg. Carter's attempt at three points was rushed and ambitious from out wide. The Crusaders had time on their side, so surely it would have made more sense to set up a few more phases to get into a better position? Instead Carter rushed it, missed it, and with it the opportunity to win in Hamilton was lost.
Bulls scrum: No scrum, no win. There's a mass exodus happening at Loftus at the moment, with every sector of the team affected...except the props, where perhaps some new blood is needed. People can slam Dewald Potgieter until the cows come home, but the truth is that the Bulls were trailing at half time because their scrum was getting hammered. The replacement front row turned the tables late on, but the damage had already been done.
Scrum refereeing: We won't be the first to complain about refereeing at the set piece, which continues to be a major concern around the world. It seems that when one front row appears to have the upper hand, it becomes a licence to get away with all kinds of highjinks. Ben Alexander consistently binding on Dean Greyling's arm last Saturday is a case in point.
Kings: The men from the Eastern Cape are one game away from slipping out of Super Rugby. What a painful pill that would be to swallow after an arrival that saw plenty of hurdles overcome. They were beaten by the better side and while they have a decent dollop of quality players in their XV - notably in the back-row - lapses in concentration and errors ultimately cost them on Friday. Net result, they need to beat the Lions while depriving their hosts of a losing bonus-point without their star fly-half. It's a tough ask that few expect to be achieved at Ellis Park on Saturday evening. Failure to do so could see many Kings players looking at loan options.