Penalties

Union

Stephen Larkham says ACT Brumbies' penalties are part of the plan

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will persist with their helter skelter breakdown mentality.

Union

Stephen Larkham backs Wallabies penalties to set tone

Sport.  New director of rugby Laurie Fisher and head coach Stephen Larkham at the ACT Brumbies following the official announcement of the coaching structure of the team in Manuka.   1 November 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are backing Ewen McKenzie's tough stance on Wallabies discipline, and World Cup-winning fly-half Stephen Larkham says tough punishments will ''set the tone'' for the Test team...

Rugby

Gamble on two penalties spurs dramatic turnaround

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Phil Lutton If the Queensland Reds go on to defend their Super Rugby title, or even make some noise in the finals, they will look back to a stretch of play before half-time against the Chiefs yesterday and...

NSW Waratahs v Bulls

Israel Folau.

Stephen Samuelson The NSW Waratahs welcome back Israel Folau as they face another must-win home game.

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Rugby

Israel Folau returns in style to guide NSW Waratahs to victory over Bulls

Welcome back: Israel Folau made an immediate impact in his return to the Waratahs,

Georgina Robinson It took 24 seconds for Israel Folau to draw a line under a week of controversy and lay a platform for a tight 19-12 victory against the Bulls in Sydney on Saturday.

Rugby Union

Scott Higginbotham the Melbourne Rebels go-to man

Rebel surge: Melbourne's Mitch Inman brushes past Marcel Brache.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham scores the decisive try to take the Rebels to a 22-16 win.

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Rugby Union

Running rugby brings music to Rebel ears

Scott Higginbotham.

Scott Higginbotham So far this season, bar one or two games, the Rebels have kept every team we've played to less than two tries.

Rugby

Israel Folau man to watch in Waratahs' running of the Bulls

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Spiro Zavos The "Easter Special" marketing for Saturday night's Waratahs-Bulls match at Allianz Stadium features a photograph of a smiling Israel Folau charging down the field on his way to another splendid try.

Rugby

Waratahs unsure of Israel Folau's inclusion after ARU intervention

Waratahs forward Michael Hooper looks perplexed after a Force try in Perth on Saturday night.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' preparations are in limbo for their crucial home clash with the Bulls this weekend because coach Michael Cheika says he has "no idea" if Israel Folau will be available.

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Rugby Union

Gutsy Rebels fall short to Chiefs

Sam Cane of the Chiefs is tackled.

Melbourne's quest for their first Super Rugby win overseas continues, but they gained more respect after the fast-finishing Rebels were shaded 22-16 by two-time defending Super Rugby champions, the...

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Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels keen to break through on foreign soil

Melbourne Rebels at training

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels were desperate to claim their first win outside Australia when they meet the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday after another disappointing narrow loss against the Highlanders, captain...

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan plots a structured route against Chiefs

On the move: Bryce Hegarty (with the ball) at Rebels training.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan says he knows how to beat Saturday's opponents the Chiefs. But for the Rebels game plan to be successful, they must overcome what have until now been weaknesses.

Highlanders fight back to beat the Bulls

Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders scores a try.

Inspired by electric centre Malakai Fekitoa, the Highlanders overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the Bulls 27-20 in a lively mid-table Super Rugby match in Dunedin.

Union

Brumbies beat Reds in a Super Rugby cliffhanger

Tevita Kuridrani runs over a Reds defender.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have held on for an absorbing season-defining win in Brisbane.

Western Force v Waratahs

Dave Dennis sits in the sin bin in Durban last month.

Live scores and stats as the Western Force host the NSW Waratahs.

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Union

What we learnt: Queensland Reds v ACT Brumbies

Joe Tomane of the Brumbies scores a try.

Chris Dutton All the main talking points from the Brumbies v Reds Super Rugby match.

Rugby

Late Mvovo try sees Sharks swim back to the top

Lwazi Mvovo.

An opportunist try by fullback Lwazi Mvovo 13 minutes from time restored the Sharks to the top of the Super Rugby standings on Saturday when they beat the Lions 12-25 at Ellis Park.

Rugby

Melbourne Rebels focus on consistency

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Scott Higginbotham Consistency is everything in professional sport. If you want to be a top side in the Super Rugby competition you need to be consistent in everything you do - not just playing, but in all areas.

Rugby

Waratahs brutalised by mauling Sharks in Durban

Jacques Potgieter chagres into the Sharks defence.

Georgina Robinson The Sharks sent an emphatic signal they are the real deal this year with an aggressive 32-10 win over an impotent Waratahs on Saturday.

Rugby

Outrage over Michael Cheika’s 'choice words' confected but Waratahs must get smart

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos Only hours after the Waratahs lost a fiery, bad-tempered Super Rugby match against the Sharks, I received this email: "The Waratahs need to have a serious look at themselves with regard to...