Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
Greg Growden THE Brumbies can start preparing for the finals, while the Queensland Reds will have to rely on thrashing the Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday night to have any chance of defending their title.
Greg Growden THE doomsayers are predicting the Reds have no chance of making the finals. That's because they haven't read the fine print. The Reds, on the other hand, remain buoyant for several good reasons.
Greg Growden James O'Connor remains the Test five-eighth front runner when the Wallabies run around in June, due to uncertainty over when exactly Quade Cooper will return.
Greg Growden THE Wallabies selectors will know within a week whether James O'Connor and Quade Cooper will be available for next month's Test matches against Scotland and Wales.
Greg Growden WITH the Brumbies the only local team in the top half of the Super Rugby ladder, renowned All Blacks hardman Richard Loe argues that the introduction of a fifth Australian franchise ''hasn't done...
Greg Growden AFTER weeks of juggling his attacking combinations, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is delighted his Test winger Digby Ioane is back, but due to an injury crisis will still have to play him in a different...
Greg Growden The Western Force were unable to use the Will Genia signing to motivate them to beat the Stormers, but at least elsewhere Australian teams have gone up a level and rediscovered how to win offshore.
Greg Growden During the Rebels-Blues match on Thursday night, a scrum took one minute, 52 seconds to be completed.
Greg Growden THE Stormers have certified themselves as dangerous Super Rugby frontrunners in a dramatic round that involved brawls and accusations of eye-gouging.
Greg Growden SUCCESS revolves around taking your opportunities. Tom Kingston has certainly done that this season, taking advantage of devastating injuries to the Waratahs' Test wingers Drew Mitchell and Lachie...
Greg Growden THE Waratahs woes continue to grow, with their next opponent - the Sharks - getting the required confidence boost before their road trip by enjoying one of their most spirited comebacks in years to...
Greg Growden SANZAR have contacted Bulls officials demanding improvements in ground security after All Blacks hooker and Blues skipper Keven Mealamu was hit by a bottle during the team's win at Loftus Versfeld in...
Greg Growden Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell is in danger of missing half the Super Rugby season, which will force the Waratahs to play two youngsters for their opening match against the Queensland Reds in Sydney...
Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.