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

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.

Rugby

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

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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...

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Five reasons the Crusaders will beat the Waratahs

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Paul Cully Here are five reasons why the Waratahs will be cruelly denied on Saturday night.

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Rugby

NSW Waratahs duo Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper in line for Wallabies selection

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Paul Cully The final was so breathless it took repeat viewings for some of the quality to really stand out.

Tight Five

Wallabies too good for Les Bleus, but they're not at All Black standard yet

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Paul Cully The Wallabies were good, but only good. Cast your mind back just one year and it is clear that the Wallabies are in a better shape than they were.

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Rugby

Expect crumbs from scrum as Pumas take lion's share

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Paul Cully The Wallabies scrum is about to be put through an ordeal that could rival the 2007 World Cup quarter-final in Marseille as the game Wallabies fans tell children about to spook them.

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Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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TIGHT FIVE

Israel Folau stamps his class as Wallabies beat Ireland

Paul Cully Michael Hooper was awarded man of the match, but, in terms of influence, this was Folau's best game for the Wallabies

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Sharpened team has grounds for optimism

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Paul Cully Rugby's difficulty at dealing with an unwelcome visitor, the drawn Test, has produced a divergence of views about Saturday night's absorbing third Bledisloe Test.

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Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff rejoice at All Blacks' decimation

Paul Cully Occasions when the Irish, Scots and Welsh take any satisfaction from famous victories at Twickenham are rarer than accords stating all affairs are best run by the born-to-rule crowd from Westminster,...

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Rugby

Capital gains being made with Brumbies' fine form

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Paul Cully Influence in Australian rugby is shifting from Brisbane to Canberra.

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Tight five

No.13 proves lucky for Ashley-Cooper

Paul Cully Adam Ashley-Cooper is growing each week in the No.13 jersey.

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History is just that, and Tahs can crack Crusaders' weakened backbone

Paul Cully The burden all Crusaders teams carry is to be constantly compared to the great sides that preceded them. The one the Waratahs will face tonight is labouring somewhat to get out of those shadows.

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TIGHT FIVE

White can be forgiven a wry smile in direction of ARU board members

Paul Cully Jake White said before the Bulls game that he had nothing to prove to the Australian Rugby Union.

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TIGHT FIVE

Lack of intensity can't be blamed on referee

Paul Cully Jaco Peyper did not decide the result. The gap between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is far more significant than any influence the referee had on Saturday

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Rugby

Robinson's absence is bad news for scrum

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Paul Cully The internal dialogue of discarded Wallabies loose-head prop Benn Robinson would make for interesting public material if Argentina, as they undoubtedly will, take on the Wallabies' scrum in Perth on...

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Cheap shot shows cost of coasting is expensive

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Paul Cully Blanket accusations of a lack of spite from the Wallabies last Saturday night are not quite true.

Crunch time for Tahs pack despite some chinks in Crusaders' armour

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Paul Cully When NSW pack down against the Crusaders on Sunday we will find out just how much New Zealand will miss Brad Thorn - and if Benn Robinson has the ability to exploit the absence of his 116 kilogram...

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Talking points

Five things we learnt from Super Rugby

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Paul Cully The talking points from the six matches in week 10 of Super Rugby.

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