Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Time for Tahs to shake off Crusaders curse

Greg Growden THERE'S no point asking most of the Waratahs what is the key to beating the Crusaders, because they haven't got a clue.

Crusaders make most of chances as Waratahs lack necessary class

Tahs

Greg Growden What a sensational Mr T hairstyle, and what a devastating performance from the Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.

Landmark triumph over Crusaders puts rising Rebels on front foot to face fast-fading Force

Kurtley Beale

Greg Growden THE Melbourne Rebels are describing their victory over the Crusaders as their greatest triumph, while the Western Force are pondering whether they have experienced a more humiliating moment after...

Rugby

Deans prepares to go on the attack

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden INTERNATIONAL rugby works in cycles, with leading coaches often arguing over what is supposedly the dominant force - attack or defence - and how to counter it.

MONDAY MAUL

Kiwis and Boks give Wallabies a wake-up call

Chiefs

Greg Growden There are advantages and disadvantages in Australia having no representation in the final weeks of the Super Rugby tournament.

Smiling assassin: Deans ready to show no mercy

Robbie Deans

Greg Growden Does it help or hinder you that the Australian provinces finished the Super Rugby season relatively early?

Blades of steel: bid to get forwards to raise the standard of set pieces

Nathan Sharpe

Greg Growden TIRED of being penalised for having a suspect scrum, the Wallabies pack this year will try to prove they are faultless up front to ensure a better deal from referees.

Rugby

Waratahs to turn up excitement without kicking out game plan

Michael Foley

Greg Growden THE call to be more extravagant has come from above, but don't expect the Waratahs to suddenly become the great entertainers of this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Mitchell tipped to miss half season

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...

Tahs are aiming for afternoon delights

NSW Waratahs crowd

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are relying on old-fashioned afternoon football to address the alarming slide in their home-crowd figures.

Monday Maul

That's how we roll: Foley's early taste of Tah madness

Greg Growden What a terrible initiation to the demands of the head coaching job. In a few seconds, Michael Foley, in his first game as the Waratahs coach, saw his dream of beating the Super Rugby titleholders...

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One slip-up and home side goes hungry

NSW Waratahs

Greg Growden It doesn't get any more exasperating than this. The Waratahs dominate the match up front, were for most of the night the better team, should have won, but one indiscretion in the final seconds, one...

Rugby

Cooper no shoo-in to take spot from Reds superboot

Quade Cooper?

Greg Growden NO WONDER Quade Cooper was looking a bit edgy during a television interview after the Reds' win over the Force in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Highlanders gathering, but Tahs will be equipped

The Waratahs

Greg Growden THE Waratahs believe they have the necessary variety in their attack - in particular knowing when to go direct - to avoid any Highlanders trap.

Worried Waratahs get boost in Barnes

Berrick Barnes

Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will at last appear in the Waratahs No.10 jersey, Tom Carter is in contention for a midfield spot and a new captain is in the offing as the Waratahs try to salvage their season by...

Rugby

Tahs get ready to shut out SBW as bye week looms

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 02: Sonny Bill Williams of the Chiefs fends off Jerome Kaino of the Blues during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Waikato Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs are being called on for one more herculean effort before having a week off to recuperate, with their prime task being to nullify Sonny Bill Williams when they meet the Chiefs in Hamilton...

Rugby

Waratahs to launch crusade for more afternoon matches

SUPER RUGBYWARATAHS V SHARKS Bernard Foley gets through the Sharks defence to score in the 2nd half during the Waratahs v Sharks at Allianz Stadium. 24th March 2012Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Greg Growden The Waratahs will lobby SANZAR and the Australian Rugby Union for more afternoon matches, but how many and when will be determined by the interest in one of the team's most important games of the...

Reds on their knees after conceding 133 points in road trip from hell

James Horwill

Greg Growden THE Reds are trying to come to terms with their road trip from hell, which has seriously affected their aspirations of being the first Australian side to win back-to-back Super Rugby titles.

Unbeaten and unbowed: savvy Stormers blow Highlanders away to sit on top of the heap

Dean Greyling

Greg Growden THE Stormers have certified themselves as dangerous Super Rugby frontrunners in a dramatic round that involved brawls and accusations of eye-gouging.

Wounded Waratahs send for wing

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  Kurtley Beale of the Rebels takes a high ball during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Waratahs have been forced to look outside their 30-man squad to fill their depleted back line, with Sydney University's Peter Betham in line for a wing spot against the Crusaders in Sydney on...