The Super Rugby Qualifying finals saw two tantalising ties. The Brumbies took on the Chiefs in Canberra in a repeat of last year's final. The other contest saw a clash between the Sharks and the Highlanders. These were two ties that delivered all that they promised.
The Brumbies held on in the Australian capital to sneak through 32-30. The Waratahs await them in the semi final next Saturday.
The Sharks, winners of the South African conference, also snatched a place in the semis. They faced a fierce fight with the Highlanders in Durban. However, the home side came through 31-27, despite trailing 17-13 at half time.
With two such close encounters, the margins between winning and losing were minimal. Here are the winners and losers that shaped these Super Rugby Qualifiers.