The Crusaders ensured they will finish top of the table in Super Rugby after battering the Rebels on Saturday.
The Blues looked set to claim a dramatic Super Rugby win over the Bulls, but Harry Plummer failed to convert a late penalty.
The Blues have now suffered 10 consecutive losses to the Crusaders after Super Rugby's leaders edged a tense Christchurch encounter.
Will Genia's head injury was the only disappointment for the Rebels as they thrashed the rock-bottom Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.
The Hurricanes, who were without Beauden Barrett, succumbed to their first ever loss to the Jaguares on Friday.
Two yellow cards proved costly as the Reds were beaten by the Rebels, while the Hurricanes picked off the Blues at Eden Park.
Adam Coleman will join Waisake Naholo, Sekope Kepu, Paddy Jackson and other new signing at London Irish in the Premiership next season.
The Hurricanes scored 26 points in the opening 22 minutes to beat the Rebels, while the Chiefs came back to draw 31-31 with the... Read more
Kurtley Beale started at full-back in place of Israel Folau and the Waratahs showed great spirit to overcome the Rebels at the SCG.
Ben Smith marked a milestone appearance with an early try for the Highlanders, but they were soon swept away by the Crusaders.
The Waratahs went down to the Blues despite Israel Folau making Super Rugby history, while there were wins for the Crusaders and the Rebels.
Quade Cooper made an impact on his return to Suncorp Stadium as the Rebels saw off the Reds, while the Blues claimed a third... Read more
The Sharks recorded a home win over the Rebels, while the Chiefs cruised to victory against the Bulls to kickstart their Super Rugby season.
As the Rebels looked to be cruising towards a big away win, the Lions rallied and sensationally stole victory on Saturday.
The Hurricanes lead the way in Super Rugby after a 25-22 win over the Highlanders, while the Rebels triumphed 29-26 against the Brumbies.
Ngani Laumape tormented the Brumbies as the Hurricanes dished out a hammering, while the Rebels made it two wins out of two.