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Waratahs have skill set to stop mauling by Stormers

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Paul Cully As the Stormers tried to bully the Blues into submission last Friday night, one South African journalist sent the following pithy tweet. ''Heaven help us South Africans if the IRB ever bans the maul.

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All eyes on the Stormers but underdog status gives Waratahs a chance

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Paul Cully What the Waratahs wouldn't give for a little of the pressure the Stormers are experiencing. The Cape Town side is perched loftily in the table, has the best defensive record in the competition and...

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Tight Five

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

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

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Five things we learnt

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Paul Cully Five points to consider for troubled fans.

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All aboard the player-go-round

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Paul Cully Paul Cully takes a look at the top 20 signings for the three SANZAR nations and what they will bring to their new teams.

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Rugby

McMeniman's efforts will make Deans think

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Paul Cully Hugh McMeniman is showing the signs that every Wallabies fan wanted.

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Rugby

Genia's return must give Lions food for thought

Paul Cully The way that Will Genia has returned after knee surgery is nothing short of remarkable.

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Players under delusion code can't thrive without them

Paul Cully When the Brumbies lost to the Stormers at the weekend, they did so obviously hindered by the lack of the booming left boot of their exciting fullback Jesse Mogg, a name already mentioned as a...

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Union

'Split up' Three Amigos

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Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans must consider the drastic step of splitting up the Three Amigos of Australian rugby and decide which one is expendable, former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says.

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No.13 proves lucky for Ashley-Cooper

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Paul Cully Adam Ashley-Cooper is growing each week in the No.13 jersey.

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Rugby

Tahs need to be wary as Chiefs bulk up, SBW style

Paul Cully The question most asked of the Chiefs has a simple answer. No, they haven't replaced Sonny Bill Williams, but for the first time this season they have picked a side that looks best equipped to...

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Rugby

Folau's Wallabies stocks up in leaps and bounds

Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey.

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Barnes' storming efforts could have him in starting side

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Paul Cully The significance of Berrick Barnes' cameos against the Stormers and Brumbies in successive weeks is that he could be playing his way into the Wallabies starting XV, let alone the 25-man squad.

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Tahs are off and running now but hurdles loom

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Paul Cully One look beyond the fixture against the Rebels explains why the Waratahs' finals aspirations are on the line in Melbourne on Friday night.

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

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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McKenzie faces stern test to find solutions at the breakdown and on attack

Paul Cully A shackled attack and the changing No.7 role will be two issues on Ewen McKenzie's mind as he goes about the tricky task of wearing his Wallabies and Reds hats.

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Brumbies must soar to great heights at altitude

Paul Cully If the Brumbies win in Pretoria this weekend engrave it in stone as one of the greatest successes by any Australian side in the history of Super Rugby.

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TALKING POINTS

Five things we learnt from Super Rugby

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Paul Cully 1. Will Genia is a halfback. In isolation, the decision to push him out to No.10 did not cost the Reds the game, but it contributed to the feeling that they comprehensively lost the battle of the...

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Talking Points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully The talking points from last week's games.

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Chiefs and Sharks show creative play is not only entertaining - it also leads to a finals berth

Paul Cully The Chiefs, loaded with talent and invention from No.9 through to No.15, kick away possession every 47 seconds, the fourth-lowest figure in the competition.