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Maligned Wallabies tight five stood up against All Blacks

Paul Cully The writing off of the Wallabies tight five from Monday to Friday only for Saturday to make a mockery of those words has become so commonplace it is a pattern.

Rugby

Matt Toomua's defence can be both a strength and a weakness

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Paul Cully The old adage about the tight-head prop being the most important player in the side plays out across the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend.

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Rugby

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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Tight Five

Wallabies too good for Les Bleus, but they're not at All Black standard yet

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Paul Cully The Wallabies were good, but only good. Cast your mind back just one year and it is clear that the Wallabies are in a better shape than they were.

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Rugby

Wallabies can target 3-0 sweep of spluttering France

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Paul Cully The French finished fourth in this year's Six Nations and do not look equipped to beat the Wallabies away from home.

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Rugby

Michael Hooper symbolises youth versus ageing All Blacks

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Paul Cully Michael Hooper is 10 years the junior of this week's opposite.

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Rugby

Wallabies are still the Bledisloe underdogs and should embrace it

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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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Rugby

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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Rugby

Porous Wallabies score a D- for defence

Paul Cully The past two Wallabies performances will have given England coach Stuart Lancaster just enough to feel a little more uncomfortable in his chair as he examines the footage.

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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Rugby

Brooding about All Blacks no solution for Wallabies

Paul Cully To half of Ewen McKenzie's new dressing room, the complaints about New Zealand cynically killing the ball will have had a familiar ring to them.

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TIGHT FIVE

Lack of intensity can't be blamed on referee

Paul Cully Jaco Peyper did not decide the result. The gap between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is far more significant than any influence the referee had on Saturday

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Rugby

Waiting for Cooper to come good just isn't good enough for Wallabies

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Paul Cully When Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper hit a perfect little sand wedge from his own 22 straight into the arms of Springboks prop Gurthro Steenkamp on Saturday night, a couple of minutes after...

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TIGHT FIVE

McKenzie’s men come up short in power race

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Paul Cully The Wallabies have become spectators in Test rugby’s arms race.

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie’s fine-tuning is starting to pay dividends

Paul Cully Tumult, regardless of its nature, always creates an edge.

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TIGHT FIVE

Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

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Paul Cully There are question marks about the big second-rower's all-round game, but his urgency and sheer size from the bench on Saturday night gave the Wallabies something they have been lacking in the...

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McKenzie will do well to make par with Deans win stat

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie was a golfer he'd be at the stage of the round when he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

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Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie were a golfer, he'd be at the stage of the round where he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

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TIGHT FIVE

Gotta accentuate the positives ... if you can

Paul Cully Against the benchmark sides, the Wallabies are simply cloaked in mediocrity.

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Tight Five

Wallabies find form when the party is over

Paul Cully There were fears before the game that this game would send the Wallabies back to Marseille, 2007.

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