Labouring to beat the Highlanders may have strangely aided the Sharks for their tough semi in Christchurch, writes Rob Houwing .
The Sharks have reached the Super Rugby semi-finals after beating the Highlanders in a thrilling encounter in Durban.
See how the action unfolded in the S15 playoff between the Sharks and Highlanders.
The Sharks will be all too aware that they face the only team this year to deny them a Super Rugby log point in their playoff.
Highlanders’ head coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to take on the Sharks in Durban in the Super Rugby playoffs.
The Highlanders will look at the history books as they hope to upset the Sharks in their Super Rugby playoff in Durban.
Craig Joubert and Steve Walsh will referee this weekend's Super Rugby qualifiers when the competition reaches its business end.
The Crusaders head into the Super Rugby playoffs more confident than they have been in years after booking a home semi-final.
The Crusaders claimed a bonus point Super Rugby win over the Highlanders to all but end the Sharks' hopes of claiming second spot.
Highlanders fullback Ben Smith will miss the conference-deciding derby against the Crusaders with a leg infection.
Fullback Ben Smith is a doubt for the Highlanders' crunch Super Rugby match against Crusaders after being taken to hospital.
Israel Folau has scored his 12th try of the season as the Waratahs beat the Highlanders to clinch first place on the Super Rugby table.
The Highlanders have defeated the Chiefs in an entertaining Super Rugby clash at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
The Reds have scored a last minute try to beat the Highlanders in a thrilling Super Rugby game in Brisbane.
A last-ditch tackle from Isreal Dagg has helped the Crusaders beat the Highlanders in their Super Rugby encounter in Dunedin.