The Hurricanes have ended the Crusaders unbeaten regular season Super Rugby run winning 31‑22 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The home team clawed their way back from a 12‑7 halftime deficit to outscore the Crusaders four tries to three and exact revenge for their 20‑12 defeat in May.
Setareki Tamanivalu scored two tries for the Crusaders last night.
The win means the Hurricanes will now head to Canberra to play the Brumbies in next weekend's quarter final, while the Crusaders return to Christchurch for a potential match‑up against the Highlanders.
Also, the Chiefs 28‑10 win over a second‑string Brumbies fifteen in Hamilton means they now travel to Capetown to take on the Stormers next week.
The Brumbies' loss means Australian Super Rugby sides have lost all 25 matches against New Zealand opposition this season
However it was for Japan's Sunwolves who upset the Auckland Blues 48‑21 in Tokyo in their final match of the season.
The Sunwolves scored six tries in the second half ‑ the most tries they have scored in a game in their short Super Rugby existence.
The Lions have finished top of the Super Rugby competition in the regular season without facing a New Zealand side.
The Lions beat the Sharks 27‑10 in Durban this morning to leap frog the Crusaders into the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.