Aaron Cruden could miss the World Cup after suffering torn cruciate knee ligaments
Super Rugby has returned in all its glory in 2015 and here we review the tenth round of games, focusing on the New Zealand franchises with the upcoming British & Irish Lions tour in mind.
The Chiefs further demonstrated their Super Rugby title credentials with a second dominant victory of the season over fellow Kiwi outfit Crusaders but it came at a cost.
All Black fly-half Aaron Cruden limped off after 19 minutes of the 26-9 win with what turned out to be torn cruciate knee ligaments - the expected six-month recovery period almost certainly ruling him out of September's World Cup.
With a chance to stake a claim for the New Zealand No.10 jersey, Cruden's opposite number Dan Carter erred - missing three first-half penalties.
And the Hamilton-based side capitalised as Michael Leitch, James Lowe and Liam Squire all crossed to ensure a seventh win in nine games.
TJ Perenara's second-half try wasn't enough to stop the Hurricanes falling to a first defeat of the season as NSW Waratahs got their title defence back on track with a 29-24 triumph at the Westpac Stadium.
Another contender for the All Black fly-half berth, Beauden Barrett, scored one and created another for the 'Canes but Peter Bentham's double for the Australian outfit ultimately proved enough.
And despite a pair of tries for scourge of the 2005 British & Irish Lions, Keven Mealamu, the Blues failed to build on a first victory of the season last time out as they went down 30-24 away to the Dunedin-based Highlanders.
Explosive centre Malakai Fekitoa's double helped the hosts build a 24-0 advantage by half-time before the valiant visitors came roaring back after the break.
But despite the best efforts of veteran hooker Mealamu, their miraculous comeback ultimately fell short as the Highlanders recorded a sixth win in seven matches.
Elsewhere, the Rebels held off the Brumbies 13-8 in a low-scoring Australian derby, the Stormers narrowly overcame the Force 13-6 and the Bulls stayed top of the South African Conference with a 17-10 win over the Sharks.