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NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby win will help Wallabies reclaim Bledisloe Cup

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Momentum is hard to stop and Wallabies prop Ben Alexander believes if the NSW Waratahs win their inaugural Super Rugby title then it will help springboard the Australian side to ending its 12-year Bledisloe Cup drought.

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

Man mountain: Waratahs forward Will Skelton brushes off the Brumbies' Robbie Coleman on Saturday night.

PAUL CULLY Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday night.

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Brumbies back arch rivals the Waratahs to win Super Rugby championship

Buried: Matt Toomua says the Waratahs have the strength to win the title.

CHRIS DUTTON The Brumbies✓ have thrown their support behind the Waratahs to win their first Super Rugby title

NSW Waratahs magic makes this tragic see the light ... testify

Peter FitzSimons

PETER FITZSIMONS Oh people my people, “’Tah-gics” all ... Long, long have we suffered, meandering in ever diminishing numbers through the shadow of the Valley of Death, heaped with derision and suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, but now, now my people, the hour of redemption is upon us. For we can see the Promised Land up ahead!

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Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper soaking in Brumbies win before focusing on Crusaders

Hair-raising impact: Michael Hooper bounces off the Brumbies defence.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Michael Hooper wasn't ready to think about his first ever shot at a Super Rugby title on Saturday night. 

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NSW Waratahs advance to Super Rugby final with emphatic win over ACT Brumbies

On the loose: Waratahs fullback Israel Folau tries to make a break against the Brumbies.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Waratahs won a minor premiership off the back of four-try bonus points but it was heroic defence that will see them play their first home final in Super Rugby history against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium next week.

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Rugby

Crusaders too sharp for woeful Sharks

Crusaders 36 Sharks 6.

Richard Knowler The adventurous Crusaders pulled out their swords and ruthlessly filleted the Sharks to book a place in next week’s Super Rugby grand final.

Rugby union

Richie McCaw to test broken ribs as Crusaders face ferocious Sharks in Super Rugby semi-final

Richie McCaw is confident about playing against the Sharks, despite not being fully fit.

Captain Richie McCaw entered the annals of New Zealand rugby folklore by playing in the 2011 World Cup with a broken foot but the pain was nothing compared to taking on England last month with fractured ribs.

Rugby

Nemani Nadolo brace leads Crusaders to win over Blues

Wrapped up: Crusaders veteran Andy Ellis is smashed by Blues forward Tony Woodcock.

Two tries to the Crusaders' powerhouse Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo wrapped up a 21-13 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.

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Rugby

Hurricanes down Crusaders with Blade Thomson sharp in attack

Blade Thomson tries to make a break for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders.

Lock Blade Thomson provided the finish to two counter-attacks to help the Hurricanes keep their Super Rugby play-off hopes alive with a 16-9 win over the Crusaders in Wellington.

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Carter on Crusaders bench in rugby return

He's back: Dan Carter.

All Black five-eighth Dan Carter has been named to return on a Crusaders bench packing serious firepower for their Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Western Force fall to Crusaders in Christchurch

Nemani Nadolo

Western Force flanker Angus Cottrell suffered a sickening ankle injury in his side's 30-7 loss to the Crusaders in Friday night's Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.

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Zac Guildford has New Zealand Rugby Union contract terminated

Zac Guildford on the burst for the All Blacks in 2011.

Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has had his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union terminated, freeing him for a move to France.

Kieran Read back for Crusaders

Kieran Read will return from a concussion break.

The Crusaders have received a huge boost for their key Super Rugby clash with the Western Force with skipper Kieran Read to return after six weeks.

Rugby

Crusaders hold on for narrow Super Rugby win

Nepo Laulala of the Crusaders dives over to score a try during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Hulking Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne was denied an 80th minute match-winning try as the Crusaders hung on for a 32-30 Super Rugby win in Dunedin on Saturday.

Rugby

Sharks shock Crusaders in Super Rugby

Colin Slade breaks through to score for the Crusaders against the Sharks in Christchurch.

The 14-man Sharks toppled the Crusaders 30-25 in a monumental performance to remain at the top of the Super Rugby standings.

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Concussed Read to miss Sharks clash

Out: Crusaders and All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read.

Skipper Kieran Read will again be on the sidelines when the Crusaders take on Super Rugby leaders the Sharks in Christchurch as he continues his recovery from concussion.

Luke Romano out of All Blacks Tests against England

Injury blow: Luke Romano.

Crusaders lock Luke Romano is ruled out of New Zealand's three home Tests against England after breaking his ankle.

Stunned Reds left speechless by Crusaders hiding

Horror show: Reds captain James Horwill and Richard Graham.

PHIL LUTTON The Queensland Reds are officially out of answers after being humiliated by the Crusaders in a one-sided romp at Suncorp Stadium.

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Reds humiliated in Super Rugby smash up at Suncorp

Expert finisher: Crusaders winger Johnny McNicholl crosses for the first of his two tries.

Jim Morton The Queensland Reds crashed to their equal worst losing streak since their 2007 Super Rugby wooden-spoon year with a humiliating 57-29 loss to the Crusaders on Sunday.

What we learnt: Brumbies v Crusaders

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CHRIS DUTTON All the talking points after the Brumbies' horror trip to Christchurch and a 40-20 loss to the Canterbury Crusaders.

Crusaders beat Brumbies to continue 14-year New Zealand curse

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 03: Scott Fardy (C) of the Brumbies reacts after the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Brumbies at AMI Stadium on May 3, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

CHRIS DUTTON It started with a traffic delay and ended in a Christchurch annihilation as the Canterbury Crusaders inflicted the biggest defeat of the ACT Brumbies season on Saturday night.

Brumbies wary of Super Rugby's 'absolute warrior' Richie McCaw

He's back: Richie McCaw speaks to the media ahead of his comeback match for the Canterbury Crusaders.

CHRIS DUTTON He has never lost to the ACT Brumbies in New Zealand. But the ACT Brumbies believe they can finally overcome Richie McCaw.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham preparing for Richie McCaw's Crusaders return

Richie McCaw has been described as one of the best All Blacks of all-time by Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Richie McCaw's influence is so great even his presence on the training track can turn the Canterbury Crusaders around.

ACT Brumbies may save Fotu Auelua for Jake White welcome-back present

Fotu Auelua is ready to return from injury.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Destructive No.8 may be unleashed as a welcome back present for former coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham backs Christian Lealiifano to rediscover kicking form

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UC Brumbies VS Chiefs at GIO Stadium in Canberra
Christian Lealiifano

DAVID POLKINGHORNE ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White backed Christian Lealiifano's boot before their Anzac Day victory over the Waikato Chiefs and head coach Stephen Larkham backed the Wallabies kicker afterwards, despite the inside centre having a rare off night from the kicking tee.

Bird, Fitzgerald cop one-week Super bans

Dominic Bird of the Crusaders receives a yellow card from referee Garratt Williamson.

Locks Dominic Bird and Michael Fitzgerald have both pleaded guilty to dangerous tackles during the Crusaders-Chiefs Super Rugby game in Hamilton on Saturday and copped one-week suspensions.

Rugby

Crusaders upset Chiefs in Super Rugby

Willi Heinz gets a kick away under pressure for the Crusaders fro Chiefs opponent Sam Cane.

The boot of Colin Slade has carried the Crusaders to an 18-17 upset win over defending champions the Chiefs in a tough Super Rugby clash in Hamilton.

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Chiefs v Crusaders

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Nemani Nadolo hat-trick steers Crusaders back on track

Former Waratah, Nemani Nadolo (file pic).

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, April 12 (Reuters) - Winger Nemani Nadolo scored a hat-trick of tries and flyhalf Colin Slade contributed 25 points as Canterbury Crusaders beat Cheetahs 52-31 in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday to keep alive their playoff hopes.

Super Rugby 2014

Round 1
Thu, 30 JanTimes shown AEDT
CHT 20 vs LIO 21 Report Stats
SHA 31 vs BUL 16 Report Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
CRU 10 vs CHF 18 Report Stats
Sat, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHT 15 vs BUL 9 Report Stats
BRU 17 vs RED 27 Report Stats
HIG 29 vs BLU 21 Report Stats
Sun, 23 FebTimes shown AEDT
SHA 27 vs HUR 9 Report Stats
LIO 34 vs STO 10 Report Stats
WAR 43 vs FOR 21 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sun, 16 FebTimes shown AEDT
BLU 35 vs CRU 24 Report Stats
Fri, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
REB 35 vs CHT 14 Report Stats
Sat, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
STO 19 vs HUR 18 Report Stats
CHF 21 vs HIG 19 Report Stats
WAR 32 vs RED 5 Report Stats
FOR 14 vs BRU 27 Report Stats
Sun, 02 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 25 vs LIO 17 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 21 vs BRU 29 Report Stats
RED 43 vs CHT 33 Report Stats
Sat, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 14 vs STO 13 Report Stats
FOR 32 vs REB 7 Report Stats
Sun, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 38 vs BLU 22 Report Stats
SHA 37 vs LIO 23 Report Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 36 vs STO 20 Report Stats
REB 19 vs CRU 25 Report Stats
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 60 vs CHT 27 Report Stats
HIG 29 vs FOR 31 Report Stats
BRU 28 vs WAR 23 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
LIO 39 vs BLU 36 Report Stats
SHA 35 vs RED 20 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
HIG 35 vs HUR 31 Report Stats
WAR 32 vs REB 8 Report Stats
Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 40 vs CHT 30 Report Stats
BRU 25 vs STO 15 Report Stats
FOR 18 vs CHF 15 Report Stats
Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
LIO 23 vs RED 20 Report Stats
BUL 23 vs SHA 19 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 26 vs HUR 29 Report Stats
REB 32 vs BRU 24 Report Stats
Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 30 vs HIG 12 Report Stats
RED 22 vs STO 17 Report Stats
Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 34 vs CHF 34 Report Stats
SHA 32 vs WAR 10 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
HIG 33 vs REB 30 Report Stats
BRU 26 vs BLU 9 Report Stats
Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
HUR 25 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
RED 29 vs FOR 32 Report Stats
Sun, 06 AprTimes shown AEDT
CHT 43 vs CHF 43 Report Stats
LIO 7 vs CRU 28 Report Stats
STO 11 vs WAR 22 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
HIG 27 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
RED 20 vs BRU 23 Report Stats
Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 22 vs REB 16 Report Stats
FOR 28 vs WAR 16 Report Stats
Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
CHT 31 vs CRU 52 Report Stats
LIO 12 vs SHA 25 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
HUR 39 vs BLU 20 Report Stats
REB 22 vs FOR 16 Report Stats
Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 17 vs CRU 18 Report Stats
WAR 19 vs BUL 12 Report Stats
SHA 19 vs CHT 8 Report Stats
Sun, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
STO 18 vs LIO 3 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
BLU 21 vs WAR 13 Report Stats
BRU 41 vs CHF 23 Report Stats
Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
SHA 18 vs HIG 34 Report Stats
HUR 35 vs RED 21 Report Stats
FOR 15 vs BUL 9 Report Stats
Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
CHT 35 vs STO 22 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 44 vs RED 14 Report Stats
REB 16 vs SHA 22 Report Stats
Sat, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 40 vs BRU 20 Report Stats
CHF 38 vs LIO 8 Report Stats
WAR 39 vs HUR 30 Report Stats
STO 29 vs HIG 28 Report Stats
Sun, 04 MayTimes shown AEST
BUL 26 vs CHT 21 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 32 vs BLU 20 Report Stats
REB 15 vs HUR 25 Report Stats
Sat, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
HIG 23 vs LIO 22 Report Stats
BRU 16 vs SHA 9 Report Stats
Sun, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 16 vs FOR 23 Report Stats
BUL 28 vs STO 12 Report Stats
RED 29 vs CRU 57 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 16 vs HIG 18 Report Stats
Sat, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 25 vs SHA 30 Report Stats
RED 27 vs REB 30 Report Stats
Sun, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 24 vs FOR 8 Report Stats
CHT 27 vs BRU 21 Report Report Stats
WAR 41 vs LIO 13 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 23 vs SHA 29 Report Stats
REB 19 vs WAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
BUL 44 vs BRU 23 Report Report Stats
HIG 30 vs CRU 32 Report Stats
HUR 45 vs CHF 8 Report Stats
FOR 29 vs LIO 19 Report Stats
Sun, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 33 vs CHT 0 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 30 vs FOR 7 Report Stats
RED 38 vs HIG 31 Report Stats
Sat, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 17 vs WAR 33 Report Stats
BLU 37 vs HUR 24 Report Stats
BRU 37 vs REB 10 Report Stats
Sun, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
LIO 32 vs BUL 21 Report Stats
SHA 19 vs STO 21 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HIG 29 vs CHF 25 Report Stats
REB 20 vs RED 36 Report Stats
Sat, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR 16 vs CRU 9 Report Stats
WAR 39 vs BRU 8 Report Stats
FOR 14 vs BLU 40 Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
CHF 24 vs HUR 16 Report Stats
Sat, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
LIO 34 vs REB 17 Report Stats
CRU 21 vs BLU 13 Report Stats
FOR 30 vs RED 20 Report Stats
Sun, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
STO 16 vs BUL 0 Report Stats
CHT 27 vs SHA 20 Report Stats
WAR 44 vs HIG 16 Report Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
BLU 8 vs CHF 11 Report Stats
BRU 47 vs FOR 25 Report Stats
Sat, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
BUL 40 vs REB 7 Report Stats
CRU 34 vs HIG 8 Report Stats
RED 3 vs WAR 34 Report Stats
Sun, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
LIO 60 vs CHT 25 Report Stats
STO 10 vs SHA 34 Report Stats
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Qualifying Finals
Sat, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
BRU 32 vs CHF 30 Report Stats
Sun, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
SHA 31 vs HIG 27 Report Stats
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Semi Finals
Sat, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
CRU 38 vs SHA 6 Report Stats
WAR 26 vs BRU 8 Report Report Report Stats
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Final
Sat, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
WAR vs CRU 19:40ANZ Preview
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Super Rugby - 2014 Ladder
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Waratahs 16 12 4 0 209 58
Crusaders 16 11 5 0 123 51
Sharks 16 11 5 0 113 50
Brumbies 16 10 6 0 34 45
Chiefs 16 8 6 2 6 44
Highlanders 16 8 8 0 -41 42
Hurricanes 16 8 8 0 65 41
Force 16 9 7 0 -50 40
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