Otago Highlanders overcame a slow start to beat Auckland Blues 25-13 in the Super 14.
The Highlanders outscored their opponents by three tries to one, but it took half-an-hour before they found their rhythm in Dunedin.
Auckland took an early lead courtesy of a sixth-minute try from No.8 Nick Williams.
But lock Tom Donnelly responded before half time for Otago to ensure a 10-7 interval advantage, and second half scores from wingers Vilimoni Delasau and Roy Kinikinilau secured victory.
Meanwhile in a scrappy encounter in Johannesburg, the 14-man Cats rallied to beat New Zealand's Chiefs 21-16.
After they had gone behind to a 27th-minute try scored by Chiefs centre Sam Tuitupou, the Cats were further disadvantaged when lock Willem Stoltz was sent off in the 38th minute for rucking near the head of No. 8 Sione Lauaki.
But, one man down and 16-9 behind at half time, the home side managed to keep their visitors penned in their own half after the break, the Cats scoring 12 points in the process.
A penalty in the 59th minute from full back Earl Rose started the comeback and, with the Chiefs squandering line-outs, scrums and rucks, flyhalf Tiaan Snyman contibuted a personal tally of 18 points.
In Pretoria a late try from captain Stirling Mortlock handed ACT Brumbies a 27-21 win over the Bulls.
A hard-fought contest saw the home side clawing their way into a one-point lead when fly-half Derick Hougaard kicked a penalty from inside his own half with just three minutes remaining.
But, in their last attack, Brumbies' replacement back Joel Wilson and centre Matt Giteau set up Mortlock, with the centre beating winger Akona Ndungane to dive over.
Saturday kicked off with a second win of the season for Wellington Hurricanes, who simply cruised past Super 14 newcomers Western Force.
The New Zealand outfit secured the maximum five points after scoring four tries, thanks to Andrew Hore, Lome Fa'atau and Jason Eaton (2).
The Force will have taken many positives out of a strong second half showing however, which saw them dominate for large periods without reflecting that fact in the scoreline.
Victory was tainted for the Hurricanes, who may have lost Conrad Smith to a broken leg. Captain Rodney So'oialo admitted, "It didn't look good, Conrad will be a big loss for us."
In Brisbane, Canterbury Crusaders maintained their impressive start to the season with a 47-21 win over Queensland Reds.
The champions had to come from behind to win in a highly-entertaining encounter, eventually clocking up 31 points in the last 16 minutes of the contest.
Australian international full back Chris Latham had given the Reds a five-point lead on the hour mark - adding to Drew Mitchell's opener.
However, the score seemed to spark the visitors into life, and Casey Laulala produced an instant reply, before Rico Gear (2), Dan Carter and Aaron Mauger all went over in a thrilling climax.
Mitchell Chapman and David Croft both spent time in the bin late on for the Reds, but coach Jeff Miller was pleased with his team's effort.
"For the second week in a row I was really proud of the guys and the way they stuck it to them," said Miller.
"The score wasn't a reflection of the game. There are so many positives to take out of it."
At King's Park Stadium in Durban, new Super 14 franchise the Cheetahs grabbed their first win of the campaign, edging the Sharks 27-26.
Winger Giscard Pieters was the hero with two second half tries, as the visitors came back from a 10-point deficit to triumph.
Percy Montgomery, Albert van den Berg and Gcobani Bobo had given the Sharks a 20-10 advantage, before Pieters twice rounded Brent Russell to turn the match on its head.
Gaffie du Toit and Floors Kabamba also registered for the Cheetahs.
The final game of the weekend saw the NSW Waratahs produce a late late show to beat the Stormers 32-26.
The Stormers appeared to heading for victory after tries from Jongi Nokwe and Bolla Conradie had helped them build a 20-7 lead inside the first 20 minutes.
However, the Waratahs produced an inspired burst of their own in the final quarter to turn the game on its head, thanks to scores from Daniel Halangahu and Sam Norton-Knight.
Earlier efforts from Chris Whitaker and Morgan Turinui had kept the visitors in the contest, and they have now won both of their opening matches of the 2006 Super 14 campaign.