The pressure on Canterbury Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder was lifted just a little with their first victory of the Super Rugby season.
Ireland can face down history and sweep to RBS 6 Nations title glory in Paris next weekend, according to Brian O'Driscoll.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall described the decision to rule out Marcelo Bosch's try just before half-time as a "game-changer".
The Sharks remained top of the South African conference with an impressive 37-23 Super 15 victory over the Lions at Kings Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls snatched a late bonus point as they claimed a 38-22 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Pretoria.
Brian O'Driscoll set up two tries in his final home international as Ireland defeated Italy 46-7 in the Six Nations.
Kilmarnock gave their hopes of avoiding the relegation play-off spot a welcome boost with a 4-2 win over bottom side Hearts at Rugby Park.
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