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QFs Rebooted: Waratahs' 'big three' take charge

The Crusaders were the only team to coast into the Super Rugby semifinals at the weekend with the other three encounters all closely-fought affairs. The Waratahs looked gone at halftime in Sydney, before the "big three" burst into life.

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Super Rugby quarters: Can Tahs, Canes turn it around?

The opening weekend of the Super Rugby playoffs presents three matches that appear to be extremely even contests, particularly those in Sydney and Wellington. Can the Waratahs and Hurricanes respond after last week?

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R19 Rebooted: Waratahs are finals fraudsters

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

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R18 Rebooted: Time for a foul-play report system?

Sunwolves winger Semesi Masirewa was given a red card for a lifting tackle on Bernard Foley. It was the correct decision to the letter of the law, but could it have been better served by a report system? Your Round 18 Super Rugby talking points are here.

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R17 Rebooted: Chiefs deliver timely adrenalin shot

Super Rugby returned from a month-long hiatus only for the negative themes from the June Test series to immediately surface in the provincial competition. Thankfully 24 hours later, the Chiefs helped remind us just how good the game can be.

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R16 rebooted: Best Aussie derby in how long?

The Rebels may have ended Australia's 32-game winless streak in New Zealand, but it was the Waratahs, Reds derby that produced the highlights, meanwhile two All Blacks players have been left red-faced for off-field hijinks.

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R15 rebooted: Rampaging Retallick unrivalled

The Waratahs were hoping to add the Chiefs to their list of victims after ending the trans-Tasman streak in Sydney last week. And they would have, too, had it not been for the game's premier lock: Brodie Retallick.

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R14 rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

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R13 rebooted: Tahs' gripes only mask capitulation

NSW Waratahs had every right to feel aggrieved over some of the decisions that were, and were not, made in Christchurch. The cold hard fact is, however, that a 29-0 lead should, no matter the opposition, be enough to go on and claim victory.

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Super Rugby Rebooted: Australia at risk of falling adrift

Australia's losing streak to their New Zealand counterparts has hit a new low, with Australia's best falling to New Zealand's worse, while the Jaguares and the Sharks found a way to get the win over two New Zealand teams.

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Jaguares stun Chiefs to continue streak

The red-hot Jaguares lodged one of the great moments in their short Super Rugby history by stunning the Chiefs 23-19 in Rotorua on Friday night.

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Super Rugby Rebooted: Australia lacking rugby IQ

The Reds gave Australian rugby something to smile about with a shock win over the Lions. But that warm glow lasted little more than three hours as the Brumbies' shortcomings exposed a problem which requires urgent attention Down Under.

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Super Rugby Rebooted: Aussie hopes crushed

Round 10 Super Rugby action saw the Australian sides cop awful wake-up calls, the Chiefs add more casualties to their injury list and the Lions and Bulls shine in South Africa.

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Super Rugby Rebooted: Lam slaughters the Chiefs

Round 9 Super Rugby action saw Ben Lam continue his emergence as a new All Blacks candidate with a huge performance against the Chiefs, while the Waratahs are still surging, and Warrick Gelant is shining for the Bulls.

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Rebels blow Super lead in Jaguares loss

Melbourne's second-half woes have continued to plague their Super Rugby season with the Jaguares surging to a heartbreaking 25-22 win in their AAMI Park clash.

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Super Rugby Rebooted: Brumbies finally deliver

Round 8 Super Rugby action saw the Brumbies offer a glimmer of hope to their fans, a Beauden Barrett-less Hurricanes scrape to victory while the Lions found their attacking mojo.

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Rebels hit with reality check, Lions look lost

Round 7 Super Rugby action saw the Rebels brought back to earth with a thud, the Rieko Ioane experiment falter and the Lions look lost against the Crusaders.

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Wessels' star rising as Kiwi test arrives

Brad Thorn may be working wonders at Ballymore, but Rebels coach Dave Wessels is also showing his value to Australian rugby. The South African provided a perfect blueprint last Friday night while Damian McKenzie delivered at No.10 for the Chiefs.

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Thorn effect working wonders for gritty Reds

The Brad Thorn effect has taken hold at the Reds, a third straight win built on yet another gritty defensive performance. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Highlanders and a young Stormers fly-half also make the headlines in Round 5.

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No.8 battle offers Cheika frustration, hope

Friday's Australian derby produced a quality battle between two impressive No. 8s but the result is nothing more than short-term agony for Michael Cheika. The Blues and South African youngsters also wrote themselves into the Round 4 headlines.


Fast-starting Jaguares send Waratahs home hurting

NSW Waratahs are facing a huge Super Rugby test against the unbeaten, new-look, Melbourne Rebels after their unbeaten start to the season was shattered in a 38-28 loss to the Jaguares.

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Hurricanes power past clueless Jaguares

The Hurricanes bounced back from last week's loss in Pretoria with a bonus-point victory over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, the hosts missing a whopping 27 tackles.

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • ASR10th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 77 Tries Scored
  • ASR8th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 247 Points Difference