A thrilling contest between Western Force and Waratahs was settled in the hosts' favour when Domingo Miotti struck late on.
Just one point separated the sides in Hamilton, with Damian McKenzie's late penalty sending the Chiefs into second place.
John Dawes won Five Nations Grand Slams as player and coach, and skippered the British Lions to a Test series triumph in New Zealand.
The Highlanders bounced back from their defeat to the Chiefs to propel themselves back into the Finals hunt with a win over the Blues.
Sam Cane has vowed to come back stronger after the New Zealand captain went under the knife.
The Rebels have lost the versatile Reece Hodge for the remainder of the season after he was injured in a loss to the Western Force.
David Havili's drop goal earned the Crusaders a dramatic golden-point victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday.
The Reds forged a comeback at the Suncorp Stadium to continue their perfect start to the Super Rugby Australia season.
History was made on Saturday, as the Chiefs secured the first-ever golden-point victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The Rebels failed to turn dominance into points and were shocked as a late try secured victory for the Western Force on Friday.