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Jacques Potgieter the man with plan to counter South African aggression for NSW Waratahs

Matt Burke If you had told me at school that I could guarantee myself a mark of 82 per cent, I would have taken that every time.

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A dark year for green and golds but at least Wallabies avoided defeat in final Bledisloe

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Matt Burke With the last domestic international of the year behind us it would seem only fit to give some thought to the best of the best this year.

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Combinations must click against mighty Lions

Matt Burke It wouldn't be a start to the season without the customary feud between the provinces and the national body. The spat is specifically related to the proposed camp three weeks before the Lions series.

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Tahs a little green in their game, to their advantage

Matt Burke As we brush off the Super Rugby cobwebs, the Six Nations is in full swing, trying to find out who will be the champions of Europe.

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We need more action to make this code the big attraction

Matt Burke Looking at rugby as an entertainment industry, it cannot be complacent about the threat posed by Australia's other winter sports.

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Thriving culture begins with a win

Matt Burke Reading Peter FitzSimons' article in the Herald during the week, it struck me that what we once were is not what we are now. Fitz mentions how the other winter codes have left rugby behind.

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Brumbies prove the importance of consistency

Matt Burke There seem to be plenty of opinions about which players in the Australian conference are in form and who should be wearing Wallaby gold in 2013.

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Mitchell's au revoir a sign of the times as salary cap bites

Matt Burke Does it comes down to the power of the bucks again? The lure of the euro as opposed to that of the Australian dollar - with, perhaps, the the lifestyle on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France also...

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Turn off leading lights and Waratahs will leave Reds in the shade

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Matt Burke Different jersey, different coach, different players but the same thing applies when the Waratahs run out at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night: a win is a must.

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Target the No.10: Cipriani may be chink in Rebels' defence

Matt Burke Before most games, a team is usually able to do some kind of analysis of the opposition and assess its strengths and weaknesses so coaches and players can form a strategy.

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Bold decision if Tahs opt to play wide against Highlanders

Matt Burke The last time the Waratahs played against the Highlanders in New Zealand they were schooled in wet-weather rugby.

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Waratahs play waiting game for the big pay-off

Matt Burke With only one win in this year's competition, the question for Waratahs coach Michael Foley is how he can get across to his players that they are on the right track.

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Referees proving to be a major obstruction to innovative plays

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Matt Burke I remember a training session with the Wallabies in Caloundra in 1998. Wayne Bennett had come along to observe.

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Long live the scrum - but with the pause clause sorted out

Matt Burke Watching the State of Origin during the week I was bombarded with questions by my non-rugby mates. I felt as if I was being interrogated from all sides about the state of our game.

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