Sharks ran in eight tries as they hammered Kings 53-0 in Durban on Saturday to head into their bye and the international break full of confidence.
Pat Lambie put in a brilliant display for the winners, contributing 21 points to the rout as Sharks kept a Super Rugby opponent scoreless for the first time this season.
The South Africa international contributed two of the hosts' eight tries, consigning Kings to a 10th defeat of the campaign.
Sharks' rivals in the Africa 2 conference Lions also picked up a resounding victory against Jaguares, while Blues edged out Western Force for their sixth win of the season.
Sunwolves suffered a ninth defeat of the season at the hands of Queensland Reds and Bulls returned to winning ways against Stormers, retaining their unbeaten home record this term.
Chiefs put in a performance of differing quality across two halves but comfortably saw out a win against Melbourne Rebels.
Queensland Reds 35-25 Sunwolves
Curtis Browning touched down twice in the Reds' victory over Sunwolves, but they lost Ayumu Goromaru to a shoulder injury in the second half. The Japanese side put in a spirited display and pulled level in the second half, but they were unable to kick on and secure just a second win of the campaign.
Chiefs 36-15 Melbourne Rebels
The New Zealand outfit held a comfortable 26-3 lead at half-time following from Seta Tamanivalu, Nathan Harris, Toni Pulu and Aaron Cruden. The Rebels improved after the restart but the damage had already been done with Chiefs taking a bonus-point win.
Western Force 13-17 Blues
Failure to turn early possession into points proved costly for Force, with an Ian Prior penalty all they could muster in the first half. Blues were unable to register at all in the second period, but the hosts were unable to take advantage of the opposition being down to 14 men for two separate spells.
Lions 52-24 Jaguares
Jaguares were without suspended duo Agustin Creevy and Leonardo Senatore as they suffered a ninth defeat of the season in a mauling by Lions in Johannesburg. Ruan Combrinck crossed the whitewash twice and kicked a further eight points as the South Africa side made it five wins from their last nine matches.
Sharks 53-0 Kings
A rampant display saw Sharks demolish South African rivals Kings in Durban, with a brilliant first-half showing blowing their opponents away. Six tries in the opening period put the game beyond Kings, and although they managed to tighten up in the second period, there was no stopping Sharks completing a third-straight win.
Bulls 17-13 Stormers
Jean-Luc du Plessis and Francois Brummer exchanged penalties before Piet van Zyl scored the match's first try in the second half. Damian de Allende's score set up a tense finale but Tian Schoeman's drop goal in the closing stages made sure Bulls bounced back from successive defeats in Pretoria.
THE KEY MOMENTS
Sunwolves fought back to make it 25-25 against the Reds with a try from Liaki Moli in the 55th minute, but Cadeyrn Neville was unperturbed as he ran in a response for the Australian side just three minutes later. It stemmed the Japanese team's hopes of picking up a second win of the campaign.
The Force dominated the early exchanges against Blues but New Zealand forward Jerome Kaino punished their failure to cross the line with the game's opening try with 25 minutes on the clock. It was a bitter blow, and one they were unable to recover from.
"The result says it all. We did not make the correct match in defence and if we add the number of lost balls to the quality of the rival, you can understand the difference today," said Jaguares head coach Raul Perez.
"The way we started the game, the first 30 minutes were urgent. We were a lot more clinical than we had been in the last couple of weeks. The disappointing part was we did not show that for the whole 80," admitted Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane.
Chiefs regained top spot from Crusaders, who beat Waratahs on Friday, in the New Zealand conference, while Bulls' victory over Stormers put them in pole position in the Africa 1 group. Kings remain the lowest-ranked team in the competition with just four points so far this season, but Sharks were unable to close the gap to Lions with both sides earning bonus points.