The injection of some much needed unpredictability from the substitutes bench saved the Springboks from the potential for blushes as they laboured to a 22-6 win over lowly Italy in Padova on Saturday.
The PSL season is about to resume after a gap of several weeks, with traditional giants Chiefs and Pirates in the driving seat.
Australia may have already clinched the series against South Africa but they have the incentive of top spot on the world one-day rankings in Sunday's fifth ODI in Sydney.
Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion to stay top of the Premier League on Saturday while champions Manchester City kept the leaders in their sights and Manchester United demonstrated they are not out.
Nico Rosberg beat title favourite Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the decisive Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday as the dominant Mercedes teammates locked out the front row in qualifying.
World No 4 Henrik Stenson is on track to successfully defend his title at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but he will have to shake off the red-hot Rafael Cabrera-Bello after Saturday's third round.
Roger Federer can win the Davis Cup for Switzerland for the first time on Sunday when he plays in the first of the reverse singles against French No 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.