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Super Rugby Expert tips – Round 11

Another decent round of tipping for Round 10, with fives and sixes everywhere. Our universal selection of the Sharks as our Powerplays went well, too, thankfully.

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The Blues’ chances of a season turnaround against the NSW Waratahs may depend largely on two lightly-framed Super Rugby rookie playmakers who expect to be targeted in defence.

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On paper, the Bulls are wounded, weary, and ripe for the picking. But with legendary lock Victor Matfield set to fill in as captain, the Western Force are on alert heading into Saturday’s Super Rugby clash in Perth.

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Being runaway A-League ladder leaders was “boring”, according to Brisbane playmaker Thomas Broich.

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Kurtley Beale has challenged the NSW Waratahs’ star-studded backs to finally deliver a polished performance and put the Blues to the sword in Friday’s Super Rugby showdown in Auckland.

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Christian Lealiifano is a big game player. That’s why the Brumbies have given him the No.12 jersey and dropped the in-form Pat McCabe for Friday’s Super Rugby grand final rematch against the Chiefs in Canberra.

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Wallabies rookie Chris Feauai-Sautia must contain the player he hopes to emulate after being thrown into a sideline Super Rugby stoush with All Blacks star Julian Savea.

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We’ll bring you all the teams named for each and every week of Super Rugby, right here on The Roar. We’ll be updating them live as soon as they come in.

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This week on The Roar Rugby Show I’ll look at: How the table positions are shaping up as we enter the second half of Super Rugby 2014

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Few players in Queensland rugby’s 132-year history have bled more Red than inspirational skipper James Horwill.

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Wallabies flyhalf great Stephen Larkham admits he’s very surprised the Benji Marshall experiment is already over.

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The NSW Waratahs are wary of the emotional charge that Piri Weepu’s comeback from heart surgery will provide the Blues in Super Rugby’s Anzac Day showdown at Eden Park.

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The NSW Waratahs are unconcerned that injured playmaker Kurtley Beale may not train this week before tackling the Blues in Super Rugby’s Anzac Day blockbuster at Eden Park.

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The Queensland Reds will draw on their 2012 heroics as the catalyst to reviving their Super Rugby campaign.

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Cheap Seats episode 36: Failed conversions

Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are biding their time on the bench in episode 36 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Western Force prop Kieran Longbottom knows he and his fellow heavyweights can’t afford another “off week” when they confront the Bulls in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash in Perth.

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Bernard Foley of the NSW Waratahs scores in the second half against the Melbourne Rebels. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Robbie Deans - ex-Wallaby coach

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Benji Marshall in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock engulfs the Wallabies' James Slipper in the second Bledisloe. (AAP Image/NZN IMAGE, SNPA, John Cowpland)

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Benji Marshall. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Israel Folau of the NSW Waratahs puts a kick downfield. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Will Skelton scores a try in the Waratahs' trial against the Blues (Source: AJF Photography)

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Brumbies vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Brumbies host the Chiefs on Anzac Day in what promises to be one of the defining matches of the 2014 Super Rugby season. Join The Roar for live scores and banter from 5:30pm AEST.

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Blues vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Blues host the Waratahs in a crucial Anzac day match in Round 11 of Super Rugby. Join The Roar for commentary, live scores and to have your say on the blog from 5.30pm AEST.

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Heineken Cup semi-finals preview

By DECLAN MURPHY, Today

This weekend sees two titanic clashes as the last ever Heineken Cup gets down to the final four.

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Australia’s best ever Super XV

By Diggercane, Today

After a few weeks I thought it was time to move my series on the best Super Rugby franchises along and move onto the best Super Rugby sides from each of the participating countries.

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The Australian Provincial Rugby Championship (update)

Just a quick update on the Australian Provincial Rugby Championship (APRC) – the head-to-head, Australian teams-only competition run under the cover of Super Rugby.

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Poaching your own Super XV

By Diggercane, Today
Poaching your own Super XV

Congratulations! You have just been appointed recruitment manager for Argentina’s Super Rugby franchise. The owner has charged you with finding (or poaching if you prefer) 15 recruits to bolster the squad for their inaugural season.

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RaboDirect Pro12 tournament round-up

By DECLAN MURPHY, Today

We’re getting to the pointy end of this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 tournament, with only two matches to play before the top four square off in the semi-finals. The current top four are Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Glasgow.

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The plethora of players within New Zealand rugby has been well documented in recent years. It is a source of pride among many Kiwis.

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Pride, tradition and honour, but how much does it cost?

At the beginning of the Super Rugby season, the Sharks unveiled their promotional video for all to see.

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Springboks kick and All Blacks run: Busting rugby myths

We parrot. We repeat. We regurgitate received wisdom. This causes mythologies to develop, myths that make us feel wise.

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Where to for Australia beyond Super Rugby?

By Daniel Roos-Tah, 23 Apr 2014
Where to for Australia beyond Super Rugby?

In Monday’s Australian, Bret Harris quoted an unnamed Australian rugby CEO saying the ARU had to be prepared let South Africa and New Zealand go “if a thorough cost analysis demonstrated that expanding to a 17 or 18-team Super Rugby competition would imperil the financial viability of the professional game in Australia.”

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An ugly win is still a win

By Warren Adamson, 22 Apr 2014
An ugly win is still a win

The object of any game is to win. Scores may or may not be remembered in a win, but the fact that a win was chalked up is – even if it’s the tough, boring and broken play of the ‘ugly win’.

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Smarter rugby means better results

By Warren Adamson, 22 Apr 2014
Smarter rugby means better results

‘Reading the game’ is not a rugby term used in the press and said by commentators to fill word count and dead air. It is a serious and very important part of the game, and an ability that some players lack.

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Assessing Super Rugby’s overachievers and underachievers

In the comments below my piece on the best Waratahs XV of the Super Rugby era, fellow Roarer Magic Sponge commented, “That is a crap NSW team and a brilliant Hurricane team. Hurricanes would beat that NSW team by about 30 points.”

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Who will wear the Wallabies No. 13 in 2014?

As the Super 15 season surges along and the Test window draws ever closer, all rugby fans inevitably begin to pick their personal first XVs.

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Super Rugby Round 10: Aussie team of the week

By Who Needs Melon, 21 Apr 2014
Super Rugby Round 10: Aussie team of the week

Not many Australian players in were action this weekend which is as it should be. We’ve all got better things to do over Easter than watch rugby, right? Like queuing in traffic and rationing chocolate.

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Isreal Folau of Australia is tackled by New Zealand's Sam Cane (L) during the Bledisloe Cup rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia at the Forsyth Bar Stadium in Dunedin on October 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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Israel Folau runs in a try for the Waratahs (Source: AJF Photography)

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Chiefs' Liam Messam is tackled by Durban Sharks' Keegan Daniels . AFP PHOTO

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Wallabies player James O'Connor during training in Brisbane, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The Wallabies will clash with the Springboks in a must win game on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

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Keegan Daniel of the Sharks. (AAP Image/Sean Middleton)

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Australia's Wallabies' fullback Israel Folau runs to score a try against Argentina's Los Pumas during the Rugby Championship sixth round match at Gigante de Arroyito stadium in Rosario, Santa Fe, some 320 Km north of Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata

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Alfie Mafi of the Western Force during the match between the Western Force and the Rebels in Perth. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

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Beauden Barrett slips past Brumbies defence

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