Canterbury Bulldogs collapsed late on in their clash with Canberra Raiders, as Rhyse Martin's treble was spectacularly cancelled out.
The Waratahs will play post-season Super Rugby thanks to their latest big win, while Ngani Laumape scored four tries for the Hurricanes.
Warrington Wolves' late rally at Wigan Warriors came to nothing and St Helens cruised against Widnes Vikings in the Super League.
Wyatt Crockett's 200th Super Rugby appearance went to plan as the Crusaders, defending champions and league leaders, beat the Highlanders.
Appearing in the NRL for the second time, Jarome Luai was Penrith Panthers' match-winner against New Zealand Warriors.
Kevin Sinfield enjoyed a glittering playing career with Leeds Rhinos and has returned to Headingley as the club's director of rugby.
Sam Thaiday confirmed he was retiring from the NRL at season's end, while dressed as himself in 40 years' time.
Darnell McIntosh marked his 21st birthday by scoring two second-half tries in a win that moves Huddersfield Giants up to seventh.
As he prepares to make his final Queensland appearance, Billy Slater has a decision to make on his Melbourne Storm future.
The St George-Illawarra Dragons suffered a setback on Thursday as they were humbled 52-30 by the Melbourne Storm in the game of the season.