However, the Toyota Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks both lost at home as the teams from Pretoria and Cape Town opened up a bit of a gap in the local conference and the Vodacom Bulls moved up to second on the overall log.
The DHL Stormers were made to work hard for a scrappy win in Perth on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the struggling Force by 13-6, the only five-pointer of the encounter a penalty try to the visitors after yet another superb scrum. The win concluded their best Australasian tour in three years.
Back home, the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks delivered a typically hard local derby in Durban with the three-time champions from Pretoria ultimately winning by 17-10, with each team scoring a solitary try.
The Toyota Cheetahs unfortunately could not build on their good win in Perth last weekend when they were beaten by 18-17 by the Reds in Bloemfontein.
Down Under, the defending champions, the Waratahs, and the Chiefs recorded impressive victories in Wellington and Christchurch respectively.