Former Blue Bulls and Springboks player Pedrie Wannenburg was tragically killed in a car accident in the United States after a high-speed multi-vehicle pursuit.
The Airlink Pumas struck a near-fatal blow to Western Province's slim Carling Currie Cup semifinals hope, while there were also wins for the Cheetahs and Bulls.
A spirited second-half performance saw the Vodacom Bulls end the Cell C Sharks unbeaten run in the Carling Currie Cup with a 35-21 victory at Loftus Versfeld.
The Blue Bulls dominated the Currie Cup final to such an extent that their victory was never in question. The Sharks were barely able to stay in the game.