It was a Super Rugby Aotearoa season with few highs for the Hurricanes, but they finished with a flourish against the Highlanders on Friday.
The Highlanders bounced back from their defeat to the Chiefs to propel themselves back into the Finals hunt with a win over the Blues.
History was made on Saturday, as the Chiefs secured the first-ever golden-point victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
A Super Rugby loss came as a significant shock to the Crusaders, but it was a familiar feeling for Waratahs as they fell short again.
Jordie Barrett staked his claim for an All Blacks starting spot as he scored 30 points in the Hurricanes' 30-19 win over the Highlanders.
The Blues scored five tries in a blistering display as they crushed the Highlanders to claim their second win in Super Rugby.
Jona Nareki's quick feet left the Chiefs standing as the Highlanders pulled off a stunning Super Rugby Aotearoa victory on Friday.
Aaron Smith has recommitted to the All Blacks, Highlanders and Manawatu ahead of the Rugby World Cup and some major career milestones.
Hooker Codie Taylor scored the opening try of the 2021 season as holders Crusaders came out on top in Dunedin.
Aaron Mauger conceded results have not been good enough during his Highlanders tenure after being informed he will not keep his job.