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Five reasons the Crusaders will beat the Waratahs

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

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

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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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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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Kurtley Beale's selection at No.10 for Wallabies against All Blacks riskier than it need have been

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Paul Cully Damnation awaited either way for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie regarding his Kurtley Beale call.

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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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Why it is the Waratahs versus Kieran Read in Super Rugby final

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Paul Cully The biggest threat to the Waratahs' Super Rugby finals chances is not the massive winger Nemani Nadolo, it is the man who has a licence to pop up on either wing, All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read.

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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.

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Dan Carter is a red flag for the Waratahs' title hopes - at No.10

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Paul Cully The Waratahs won't be getting carried away after the thumping win against the Highlanders last week.

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Reds highlight Waratahs' lineout problems in the nick of time

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Paul Cully Against a side with a lesser defensive lineout than the Reds, the Waratahs could have headed into the finals with paper over the cracks, but their lineout problems on Saturday night will sharpen the...

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Laurie Fisher's departure may be the costliest for Australian rugby

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Paul Cully For all the talk of players leaving Australian shores, the costliest exit may be Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher, who is bound for Gloucester next year.

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James O'Connor may have opened the sabbatical door for Australian rugby players

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Paul Cully When James O'Connor returns, as seems likely, to Australian rugby espousing the benefits of a European rugby experience, European holidays and a stint with the European champions in the south and...

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Waratahs are fitter and faster, leaving the fans happier

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Paul Cully Outstanding Tahs have become the opposite of why their fans deserted them. You play like you train, and the Waratahs look like a side that has been told that if an offload goes to deck, the offloader...

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It is now or never for Waratahs' Super Rugby title hopes

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Paul Cully The Super Rugby title window is ajar for the Waratahs, and they know it.

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Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

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Paul Cully How well are the Waratahs playing? Well enough to go to the Chiefs in New Zealand this week and feel quietly confident.

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Waratahs pack and on-fire Israel Folau crank up the fear factor

Paul Cully Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.

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Kurtley Beale shows he's the real deal for Wallabies selection

Paul Cully It would be no surprise if  Beale is the main beneficiary from Quade Cooper’s injury.

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Western Force no-names the bolters for Wallabies

Paul Cully Matt Hodgson should be leading a merry quintet of Western Force players into the Wallabies' first squad of the season when it is announced next week.

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Wallabies are still the Bledisloe underdogs and should embrace it

Paul Cully Optimistic thinking about a shift in the Bledisloe Cup balance of power has undergone a correction over the past two weeks in Super Rugby, and it is not necessarily a bad thing for the Wallabies.

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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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All Blacks have an unfair advantage - they're just too good for everyone

Paul Cully The difficulty of the Wallabies' task in chasing down the All Blacks would be easier if the New Zealanders would stand still for a minute.

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