South African teams rejoiced this weekend with three wins over Australian opposition as New Zealand's Wellington Hurricanes preserved a six-point lead at the top of Super Rugby.
England beat world series leader South Africa 21-14 in the Tokyo Sevens final on Sunday for its first tournament victory in more than two years.
Newcastle remained the only undefeated team in the National Rugby League after beating Penrith 26-14 in a fourth round that also saw the defending champion South Sydney Rabbitohs lose for the first time this season.
A wild final round of the Six Nations threw up arguably the most exhilarating day in rugby union's history, with three consecutive finals of increasing importance in Rome, Edinburgh and London managing to blow away expectations on Saturday.
Two-time champions ACT Brumbies mauled the hapless Queensland Reds to go top of Super Rugby this weekend as the Waikato Chiefs ended the Western Stormers' winning start to the season.