Cancer survivor Christian Leali'ifano says he will never forget his close bond with the Brumbies after announcing a deal with Japanese club rugby for next season.
The Waratahs can have some excuse for a limp final-round showing in Invercargill but the Rebels' thumping at the hands of the Chiefs is reflective of a wider concern for Australian rugby.
The Bulls overcame an early scare to overwhelm their neighbours the Lions at Loftus Versfeld and take the last Super Rugby playoff place.
Melbourne's Reece Hodge concedes their horror Super Rugby season capitulation could cost the Rebels players Wallabies' World Cup spots.
Lukhanyo Am scored a last gasp try to hand the Sharks a dramatic 12-9 away victory against the Stormers on Saturday and a Super Rugby playoff place.
The Brumbies will stride into the Super Rugby finals on the back of their best winning streak in 12 years after dominating the Queensland Reds 40-27 in foggy, freezing Canberra.