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Crusaders too sharp for woeful Sharks

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.

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NSW Waratahs into Super Rugby final after beating ACT Brumbies

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Chris Dutton The NSW Waratahs beat the ACT Brumbies 26-8 in the Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney on Saturday night.

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

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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...

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A dozen of the best: Super Rugby's star players

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Matthew Burke With just one match of the Super Rugby season remaining, who have been the standout players for the year?

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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...

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Brumbies-Waratahs fierce rivalry fueled by pay inequality

Rod Kafer playing for the Brumbies in 2000.

David Polkinghorne It is the fiercest rivalry in Australian rugby, fueled by the NSW Waratahs boasting double the wages of the ACT Brumbies "rejects" in Super Rugby's early days and it still holds true today.

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Size isn't everything - Robbie Coleman ready to prove the doubters wrong in ACT Brumbies semi-final against NSW Waratahs

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Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies winger Robbie Coleman is the only non Wallaby in a star back line, but the diminutive Queanbeyan speedster is unfazed at the challenge.

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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

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Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.

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Michael Cheika's NSW Waratahs: a baseball bat up front, a violin as a back line

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Georgina Robinson The higher you rise, the further you have to fall and the more people who will watch when it happens. Michael Cheika knows that is the way it goes. He reads the papers and keeps track of the chat.

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Brumbies back under-rated Jarrad Butler to challenge NSW Waratahs captain Michael Hooper

Re-signing: Jarrad Butler will stay with the ACT Brumbies.

Chris Dutton He's perhaps the most underrated player in the biggest Australian derby in more than a decade, but the ACT Brumbies are adamant unheralded Jarrad Butler is ready to lock horns with Wallabies captain...

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Michael Hooper unfazed by task ahead for Waratahs in Super Rugby knockout

Big clash: Michael Hooper is looking forward to taking on the Brumbies.

Georgina Robinson Michael Hooper says the Waratahs pack must "get one over" the Brumbies to win the most important Super Rugby game of the NSW captain's career.

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Brumbies believe experience will give them the winning edge against Waratahs

Experience counts: Brumbies captain Ben Mowen at training.

Georgina Robinson The battle-hardened Brumbies say they have the experience at the pointy end of Super Rugby to catapult them over bitter rivals the Waratahs into their second consecutive grand final appearance next...

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Move home gives Tom McVerry another bite at rugby victory

Tom McVerry with wife Louise and 17-month-old Lucy.

Chris Dutton Louise McVerry was walking through a Japanese shopping centre when she collapsed.

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What we learned: NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies

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Chris Dutton All the talking points out of the Brumbies' semi-final clash against the NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium.

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ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen leaves Super Rugby with unfinished business

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen shows his disappointment after his last game in ACT colours.

David Polkinghorne Leaving the Brumbies without a Super Rugby title is excruciating for Ben Mowen

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Super Rugby semi-final: Brumbies will be 'poking wrong bear' if they target Israel Folau, says Nic White

Israel Folau is unflappable, says Nic White.

Chris Dutton Test halfback Nic White says the ACT Brumbies will be "poking the wrong bear" if they attempt to unsettle Israel Folau.

Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

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NSW Waratahs flanker Stephen Hoiles puts emotion of Brumbies reunion behind him

Emotion won't be a factor for Stephen Hoiles against the Brumbies.

David Polkinghorne Stephen Hoiles already has the emotion of playing the Super Rugby club he captained out of his system.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper ready to break finals curse with NSW Waratahs

Running man: Adam Ashley-Cooper training with the Waratahs on Thursday.

Georgina Robinson Decorated Waratahs utility Adam Ashley-Cooper may be six games off his Test century but he has rotten luck in finals football. 

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Matt Toomua's defence can be both a strength and a weakness

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Paul Cully The old adage about the tight-head prop being the most important player in the side plays out across the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend.

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