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Rugby

Sharks v Brumbies: Stephen Larkham and Jake White tell a tale of two coaches

Spiro Zavos The top of the table contest on Saturday at Canberra between the Sharks (35 points) and the Brumbies (30) has a decided edge to it.

Rugby

Crusaders' running game, incisive kicking to test Sharks' 'kick tennis' in Super Rugby encounter

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Spiro Zavos There were 87 kicks in the kickathon last weekend between the Brumbies and the Sharks. Laurie Fisher, the director of rugby at the Brumbies franchise, took to Twitter to note that his side won the...

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NSW Waratahs must honour their attacking game against Canterbury Crusaders – and have fun

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Spiro Zavos Graham Henry told me at a rugby function he endured the agonies of Job in the last part of the RWC 2011 final as a victory by France over New Zealand became an alarming possibility.

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Waratahs' all-court game brings glory to all

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Spiro Zavos There you go. Phil Waugh has declared that the 2014 NSW Waratahs are probably the “most complete” side in the history of the Super Rugby tournament.

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Super Rugby qualifying final tip: ACT Brumbies to win if they play the Rod Macqueen way

Spiro Zavos They say in sports you have to lose a grand final before you win one. That is the prospect, anyway, facing the ACT Brumbies as they go into a successive Super Rugby finals campaign on Saturday night.

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Rugby

Domestic rule essential to breeding good Wallabies

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Spiro Zavos Now where are we after the pleasant interruption of the Wallabies three Test triumph over France? Ah yes, the 17th round of the 2014 Super Rugby tournament resumes this weekend. Good.

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Rugby

Why coach Michael Cheika is Super Rugby franchise the Waratahs' greatest asset

Spiro Zavos The Waratahs – Highlanders match at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon is being marketed as “The Finals Decider: Bringing Home The Season!” Quite right.

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Rugby

SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

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Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

Rugby

Outrage over Michael Cheika’s 'choice words' confected but Waratahs must get smart

Spiro Zavos Only hours after the Waratahs lost a fiery, bad-tempered Super Rugby match against the Sharks, I received this email: "The Waratahs need to have a serious look at themselves with regard to...

Rugby

Waratahs to battle rising Force to decide who are conference's top dogs

Spiro Zavos ‘‘Don’t shoot the pianist, he is doing his best’’ was a necessary sign in the saloons of the Wild West. It has been applied to the Western Force, too, as they struggled since 2006 to win credibility.

Rugby

Michael Cheika guides NSW Waratahs out of Super Rugby wilderness

Spiro Zavos So there I was interviewing the Waratahs coach Matt Williams (1997-1999, and no finals appearances).

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Hard-nosed packs give Kiwis a wake-up call

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Spiro Zavos AFTER the sensational Highlanders - Chiefs match, the new backs coach of the Waratahs, Daryl Gibson, contacted his former Crusaders teammate Justin Marshall with the claim that the New Zealand...

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RUGBY

Win against Brumbies crucial to Tahs' finals chances

Spiro Zavos Last Saturday night at Allianz Stadium, Waratahs supporters stood up and yelled, applauded and roared their team on in the last few dramatic moments of the contest with the Stormers.

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RUgby

Underdogs' chief aim is a possible sequel

Spiro Zavos THE Brumbies achieved Mission Impossible I when they defeated the Bulls at their fortress Loftus Versfeld Stadium on the high veldt in a 2013 Super Rugby semi-final. Cue in the mysterious music.

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A tale of wrong referees and unfair advantage

Spiro Zavos TOM Keneally, wordsmith, describes the hype before big matches as the foreplay. Not unexpectedly, the qualifying finals between the Crusaders and Bulls and the Reds and Sharks have generated intense...

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McKenzie's blunder raises questions over his tactical nous

Spiro Zavos In the 20th minute of the engrossing qualifying final between the Reds and the Sharks, Ewen McKenzie made a fateful and wrong decision.

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Conference table key to landing Super title

Spiro Zavos THE iron law of winning the 2012 Super Rugby tournament for the Waratahs is: ''Win the Australian conference.'' The Reds did this last year.

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Conference format is a winner - and South Africans cannot be allowed to wreck it

Spiro Zavos THE Australian and New Zealand unions beware, the South Africans are coming to make a mess of the Super Rugby tournament.

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The fine line between winners and losers

Spiro Zavos 'MOST ball games are lost, not won," Casey Stengel, the eccentric, folksy manager of New York's Yankees and Mets once told a gaggle of sports writers.

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Waratahs must drop work-to-rule attitude if they want to win

Spiro Zavos IT was a dispirited and sullen crowd that shuffled from Allianz Stadium after the Waratahs' depressing loss to the Western Force last weekend.