The Highlanders claimed a vital 23-3 win over the Force in Perth on Saturday to strengthen their footing in Super Rugby's play-off spots.
Adam Coleman returns for the Force this week as they look to put an end to their long losing streak when they face the Waratahs.
Now that the dust has settled in the southern hemisphere, we select the men who stood out during Round Twelve of Super Rugby.
The Blues sealed their second win of the Super Rugby season on Saturday as they were too good for the Force, winning 41-24.
The two worst teams in Super Rugby face off in Auckland with time running out to save their dismal seasons.
Michael Cheika has made two changes to his team as the Waratahs look to close the gap on Aussie rivals the Brumbies on Friday.
Scrum-half Ryan Louwrens will make his Super Rugby run-on debut when the Western Force takes on the Blues at Eden Park.
Western Force scrum-half Ian Prior has been handed a three-week suspension for a dangerous tackle against the Chiefs.
Western Force scrum-half Ian Prior has been cited for making a dangerous tackle on Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams in Hamilton on Friday....
The Chiefs provisionally moved to the top of the Super Rugby table on Friday thanks to a 35-27 win over the Western Force in Hamilton....
The Stormers' recent resurgence continued when they secured a 13-6 victory over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday.
There will be plenty of pressure on the Western Force when they take on the Stormers in Perth on Saturday.
Captain Matt Hodgson will continue his career with Western Force after extending his contract through to the end of the 2016 season.
Western Force back Luke Burton will remain with the team for a further two years, extending his stay until the end of the 2017 season....
The Cheetahs claimed a rare overseas win on Saturday as they beat the Western Force 24-15 in difficult conditions in Perth.
Two strugglers face off in Perth on Saturday when the Western Force host the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.
Full-back Dane Haylett-Petty will return to the Force starting XV for the 10th season anniversary match against the Cheetahs.