The Highlanders and Hurricanes have played themselves into finals contention in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament with comprehensive bonus-point victories.

The Highlanders trounced the Brumbies 33-12, while the Hurricanes swept aside the Reds 43-14.

The Highlanders surged to the top of the standings, with the Hurricanes second. However, the Blues and Crusaders are still to play this weekend.

The outcome of their matches on Saturday will determine next weekend’s two finalists.