Posts Tagged "New South Wales Waratahs"

At the Waratahs home game last week the silence was loud. When I cheered “Go the Tahs!” my mate told me to scale it back, presumably for fear of embarrassment. He’s the worst fan in the world, and he’s a classic Tah fan.

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Roy Masters, one of the great sports writers of his generation, is wrong when he argues that the criticism of Benji Marshall’s play as a rugby number 10 is due to rahs rahs trying to justify the claims that their game is far too complex for league players to master quickly.

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Over the weekend, four South African franchises started their 2014 Super Rugby tournament with two tremendous matches. The challenge has now been set for the other conferences to match the standard of intensity, excitement, aggressive running and tackling.

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The scoreline at the SFS on Friday was Waratahs 33 – Blues 12, a five tries to two thrashing that could have been ever bigger if some luck had run the way of the Waratahs.

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Why on earth do I put myself through this every week? I spend the week convincing myself that there is no chance of being beaten – we clearly have the superior side, our form shows we should win, my fortune reader told me so.

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One point separates the Brumbies and the Reds at the top of the Australian Super Rugby conference. The Waratahs may be ten points behind the Reds in third, but will be looking for an upset when they host the first-placed Brumbies on Saturday.

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I have two excellent books at home, each based on the men who first captained the Wallabies and Kangaroos respectively. For interest, our first ever Wallaby captain was centre Frank Row in 1899.

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Good things come to those who wait. The Western Force’s David Harvey knows this all too well.

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Here is my match-by-match statistical analysis of the Australian sides in round two of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

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This is the second part of my assessment of which of the Australian teams will perform best in 2012.

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In the business world, managing expectations is a crucial ability. Estimates are supplied to a project manager, who takes into account the resources we have at our disposal, our ability and experience, the complexity of the task at hand, and any potential roadblocks that could stop a timely delivery.

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I cannot claim credit for the idea of this topic of discussion, which was discussed at length one Friday afternoon by a number of wise men over a few beers in a pub.

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NSW Waratahs must travel to their Eden Park bogey ground in Auckland to meet the Blues in the first week of the Super Rugby finals, after finishing fifth on the ladder.

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NSW Waratahs will play the Blues in Auckland in the first weekend of the Super Rugby finals after finishing fifth on the ladder.

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Sharks knock out champion Bulls The NSW Waratahs qualified for the Super Rugby finals with a 41-7 victory over the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium last night.

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The New South Wales Waratahs will look to keep their season alive against the mean and newly green Highlanders tonight at 7:40pm, in what shapes as a finals-come-early clash for both teams. Join us for live scores and blog of the Round 17 Waratahs vs Highlanders.

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Rugby players are becoming a dying breed, as mounting injury lists take their toll on all levels of rugby union around the world. Since the introduction of professional rugby, the game has obviously become more physical, and the management of injuries is playing a important role in successful campaigns.

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The Reds have now won 10 straight victories at Suncorp with their gutsy victory 19 – 15 over a Waratahs side clueless with the exception of Kurtley Beale. This winning streak by the Reds includes victories over the Crusaders, who they thrashed last year, and the Bulls.

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On Saturday night, the Reds play the Waratahs in what should be a decisive match in their run to become winners of the Australian conference. The Waratahs need a victory to give them a chance of staying in the race. Both teams need the points to make them finals contenders in the two other conferences.

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