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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has defended giant lock Will Skelton's tackling technique, saying his 203cm height generally rules out going around the legs.
More good news for the Hurricanes with no new injuries sustained in their 29-5 win over the Blues.
Retiring lock Brad Thorn will add to a healthy New Zealand contingent in the Barbarians team finalised to play international games Ireland and an England XV this week.
A concussion is likely to rule Kieran Read out of the Crusaders clash with the Hurricanes in Nelson.
They are staring at a couple of citings, but the surging Waratahs' credentials as big game performers received the ultimate stamp of approval from the most successful Super Rugby side of all.
Chiefs lock John Bardoul has been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season after suffering a knee injury in the 34-20 win over the Bulls on Friday night.
Former All Black, State of Origin rep, Kangaroo and Heineken Cup winner Brad Thorn has hung his boots up after a 21-year career.
The Crusaders glorious 13-year run of Super Rugby finals appearances look likely to end after their loss to the NSW Waratahs, but the seven-time champions are refusing to run up the white flag just yet.
The Melbourne Rebels have failed in their mission to crack their first Super Rugby win on South African soil with a 31-15 loss to the Stormers at Newlands.
New Zealand ended the women's rugby sevens series on a bittersweet note, beaten in the quarter-finals by England after clinching the series.
The Lions spoiled the final home match of the Cheetahs under coach Naka Drotske with a bonus-point 40-17 South African derby triumph.
The Highlanders have handed the Force a 23-2 defeat in Perth, keeping the southern team in the Super Rugby playoff hunt.
Waratahs climbed to the top of Super Rugby's Australian conference and possibly ended the Crusaders 13-year finals run with a 32-22 home win in a brutal clash.
Hurricanes flanker Blade Thompson had an awkward moment caught in super slow motion during a win over the Blues at Eden Park.
Runaway leaders the Hurricanes have added to a miserable Super Rugby season for the Blues with a 29-5 win in slippery conditions at Eden Park.
Video highlights, live updates as they happen and all the action as the Crusaders take on the Waratahs in Sydney.
Video highlights, live updates as they happen and all the action as the Blues host the Hurricanes at Eden Park.
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