Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Greg Growden What a sensational Mr T hairstyle, and what a devastating performance from the Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.
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...
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...
Greg Growden WARATAHS selectors are seriously considering moving Tom Kingston from the wing to the midfield as a way to ease the pain of their ever growing list of unavailable players for Sunday's match against...
Greg Growden THE Waratahs remain uncertain what their back-line contingent will look like against the Crusaders at Allianz Stadium tomorrow, relying on five-eighth Berrick Barnes proving he is fit at today's...
Greg Growden THE Waratahs might have lost to the Crusaders on Sunday, but coach Michael Foley yesterday praised halfback Brendan McKibbin and five-eighth Berrick Barnes for playing even though extremely ill.
Greg Growden THE Waratahs are looking across the Tasman for a midfielder who can play at five-eighth and fullback after missing out on Reds utility Ben Lucas.
Greg Growden THE Waratahs will lobby SANZAR and the Australian Rugby Union for all their Sydney home games to be played on Sunday afternoons.
Greg Growden INDIVIDUAL battles and how certain players perform under pressure in Canberra tonight and Christchurch tomorrow will have an enormous bearing on the make-up of the 35-man Wallabies squad to play...
Ruck & Maul
Greg Growden Australian rugby relationships are frayed right across the country. The Reds and Force are far from pally over Will Genia's backflip.
Greg Growden THE importance of the Reds-Crusaders match tomorrow is shown by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans heading across the Tasman to watch it.
Greg Growden The Brumbies look the real deal, but don't yet dismiss the Queensland Reds from finishing on top of the Australian conference.
Greg Growden 1. Take advantage of any opposition leg-up
Greg Growden Drew Mitchell is expected to be declared fit today for the Waratahs' two-match tour of South Africa, but whether he goes will be determined by what happens during tonight's game against the Bulls.
Greg Growden The local administrators are happy because the Australian conference can produce a match worth watching. Those pushing for Sunday afternoon football are delighted as it lures a 36,000-plus crowd.
Greg Growden NOT since the miserable 2007 season, when they completely lost their way, have a kick-obsessed Waratahs suffered such a lengthy losing stretch.
Greg Growden THE Waratahs are in crisis following the most exasperating and brain-dead of losses in South Africa where, for the third time this season, they fell just one point short of their opponents.
Greg Growden Don't you just love those half-time interviews when TV types confront delirious players, whose eyes are still rolling in the back of their heads, and ask their thoughts on what had just happened?
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.