It's time for Planet Rugby's 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!
Springboks: Deserve plaudits for ending their hoodoo of never beating Australia at the Suncorp Stadium and of not winning in Brisbane in 42 years of trying. Last weekend's win over the Wallabies also extends their unbeaten run to nine matches and takes them to the top of the Rugby Championship table.
All Blacks: Their victory over Argentina wasn't one of their most memorable ones, as they were made to work hard for the result. The world champions deserve credit, however, for sticking to their high-action game despite the rain making underfoot conditions extremely difficult to play in.
Pumas scrum: They might have lost the match but Argentina won plenty of admirers for the way they dismantled the world champions' scrum on several occasions last weekend. Although it was a superb effort from their entire pack, special mention goes to Juan Figallo for the working over he gave All Blacks veteran Tony Woodcock.
Saracens, Leicester, Northampton and Bath: It's still only the first round of the Premiership but these four clubs laid down their markers with impressive victories over London Irish, Worcester, Exeter and Newcastle respectively. Showed that they mean business and the rest of the teams in the Premiership will have to be at their best if they want to take them down this season.
Western Province: The men from the Cape showed that they will not be surrendering their Currie Cup title without a fight after a deserved win over the Sharks. That result means that they returned to the top of the table and are still the only unbeaten team at the halfway stage of the competition.
Top 14 hard men: We all know the Top 14 schedule is as tough as it gets and the fact five rounds have been played in 24 days highlights that fact. Coaches have subsequently been rotating their line-ups - particularly over last week's three-game stint - but there are five players who have played all of those 240 minutes. Hats off to Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Silvère Tian (Oyonnax), Jannie Bornman (Castres), Takudzwa Ngwenya and Damien Traille (Biarritz).
Toulon and Oyonnax: One was predicted; one was not. Toulon are sitting top of the league in France thanks to three wins and a draw from their first five games. A 28-26 loss at Grenoble has been the only blot on their copybook. Even without wing duo Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell, who arrive at a later date, their squad depth is already noticeable. A major challenge on both fronts is surely on the cards again this season.
However, the real surprise so far this year has been Oyannax. The newly-promoted side were dubbed as relegation battlers for 2013/14 but that might not be the case after three wins, coming against Clermont, Biarritz and champions Castres. Net result, they are sitting in seventh spot ahead of a trip to face Bordeaux-Bègles. Well done Oyannax.
Dodgy biting incidents: Leicester tighthead prop Dan Cole on Monday escaped punishment for an alleged bite on Worcester fly-half Ignacio Mieres. This comes after Griquas lock Rory Arnold successful had his seven-game ban overturned for an alleged bite on Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke. Many continue to voice their differences of opinion on both incidents but one thing is certain, there is no place for biting in rugby.
Lote Tuqiri: The surprise signing of the year has been made by Leinster, after it was announced on Monday that former Wallaby back Lote Tuqiri will join the club on a three-month contract. Released by his NRL side at 34, can he still cut it? The jury is out.
Someone turn up the heater!
Wallabies implosion: Michael Lynagh laying into Australia after their loss to South Africa produced an accurate summary of how people view the Wallabies right now. Worth a watch.
Top 14 calendar: The early log-jam is not something new, Top 14 organiser having to squeeze in 29 rounds (including the play-offs), nine European Cup weekends and 11 international Tests in their calendar year. The LNR has to organise those playing weekends in tandem with respect for players' contractual holidays and a pre-season window. 52 weeks just isn't enough. The solution? 12 teams like everyone else!
Toulouse: Away games in the Top 14 are becoming somewhat of a joke this season as side prefer to focus on their home fixtures. Montpellier trouncing Toulouse 25-0 is just another example of a growing issue.
Biarritz: The former Heineken Cup finalist are in genuine trouble. One win from their opening five matches see them rooted to the bottom of the Top 14. With off-field financial troubles a genuine concern, Biarritz need a lift.
Gloucester: At home, against Sale - a team who were at the bottom for the majority of last season - and Gloucester couldn't get the win. If they really want to be a playoff side, they're not proving it. More importantly, they ruined our SuperBru predictions!
Ulster: Not the start they were hoping for. Few would have predicted Ulster losing to a Dragons side missing a rested Toby Faletau and departed Dan Lydiate but that is what happened as the Welsh prevailed through 15 points from from the boot of Jason Tovey. Ulster must now pick themselves up as a tough fixture against the Dragons is next up at Ravenhill, a home they will look to make a fortress in 2013/14.
Newcastle: We'll admit to being impressed by the Falcons line-up when it was announced on Thursday. A decent mix of youth and experience led to us thinking they would trouble Bath at Kingston Park in the season opener. It didn't happen as they were nilled on home soil in what was a nightmare start for Dean Richards' outfit. They make their shortest away trip of the Premiership term this week to face Sale as they look to avoid a further dip in confidence.