There was disappointment and tempered elation in the Springbok Sevens camp in London, where they lost both their matches but still did enough to secure automatic qualification to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
The Emirates Lions produced a gutsy performance to defeat the Highlanders 38-29 in their Vodacom Super Rugby encounter played in perfect conditions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Phendulani Buthelezi will lead the Junior Springbok World Rugby U20 Championship squad, which features five players who participated in the tournament last year, for the global showpiece in Argentina from 4 to 22 June.
The Vodacom Bulls halted a fierce fightback from the Waratahs in the second half to score an important 28-21 Vodacom Super Rugby victory at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.
A strong finish by the DHL Stormers saw them clinch a 41-24 win over the Rebels in Melbourne in their Vodacom Super Rugby round nine clash on Friday.