Highlanders: High Stakes Rugby, High Cost Outcome

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In any event, the high stakes rugby is costing the Highlanders. In the 2016 semi final, they were unable to combat the open-style of the Lions (on the Johannesburg ground) and paid the price. They did take the right decisions in the quarter final, and the side must make precise decisions from now on. Dropping points now will be hard to recover in the later stages of Super Rugby. And after a high risk outcome last week, the time is now to play more settled, no nonsense rugby to get back into winning form. Rebuild their battered confidence--before they can again, look to incorporate any 'high stakes rugby' in their game. Oh, and get Ben Smith back to full health asap! READ MORE


Waikato Keep Ranfurly Shield With Late Comeback

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In a thrilling encounter, Waikato have retained the Ranfurly Shield after drawing with Taranki in Hamilton this evening. There was controversy late in this game. Returning All Black midfielder Seta Tamanivalu was penalized for an apparent late shoulder charge, as Waikato charged downfield. Referee Ben O’Keeffe denied a late try by Stephen Perofeta that would […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup selections a fascinating prospect

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With the second big Bledisloe Cup test looming, just which way both the All Blacks and Wallabies coaches lean with their selections are a fascinating prospect. If the All Blacks can win in Wellington, they will seal the Bledisloe and increase their lead at the top of the Rugby Championship. The four nation competition is […] READ MORE


All Black Injuries Give Opportunity To Deserving Men

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While everyone has been talking about the Wallabies shocking performance last Saturday, the All Blacks have been plagued by a number of injuries. The Wallabies had a nightmare on all fronts at ANZ Stadium.┬áTheir high injury toll was a big takeaway. Through all the talk of Matt Giteau‘s career being over, many may have missed […] READ MORE