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3dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Can Reds, Rebels overcome tough weeks?

The Reds and Rebels have both endured tough preparations ahead of Round 6: can the Aussie franchises rise above the complications? Meanwhile, two of the world's best halfbacks go head-to-head at the Cake Tin.

6dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Thorn effect working wonders for gritty Reds

The Brad Thorn effect has taken hold at the Reds, a third straight win built on yet another gritty defensive performance. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Highlanders and a young Stormers fly-half also make the headlines in Round 5.

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10dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: The Zoo will be rocking, so too the rugby

One of Super Rugby's fiercest rivalries highlights Round 5 as the Highlanders and Crusaders prepare to write another chapter in the South Island show-stopper. Meanwhile, Daryl Gibson is all anyone wants to talk about in Sydney.

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13dSam Bruce and John Goliath

No.8 battle offers Cheika frustration, hope

Friday's Australian derby produced a quality battle between two impressive No. 8s but the result is nothing more than short-term agony for Michael Cheika. The Blues and South African youngsters also wrote themselves into the Round 4 headlines.

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16dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Tongan Thor tracking towards RWC

Super Rugby Round 4 is headlined by the huge Kiwi derby between competitions favourites the Hurricanes and Crusaders. Meanwhile in Brisbane, Taniel Tupou's World Cup credentials get another test against the Bulls.

24dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Is Leali'ifano Cheika's answer as backup 10?

Super Rugby Round 3 begins with derbies across New Zealand and Australia, the second of which offers the first glimpse of veteran Christian Leali'ifano on home soil. Are the Wallabies' woes at No.10 about to ease?

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26dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Forget ruck laws, high tackles still lacking consistency

Super Rugby Round 2 got off to a flyer with the Blues and Highlanders providing the standout game of the weekend, while the high tackle law has us questioning whether they'll will be refereed consistently. These are the stories of Round 2.

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31dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby W2W4: Genia to suit up against Reds

The Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams take the field for the first time after the competition kicked off last week. We tell you what to watch for in Round 2.

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144dESPN Staff

2018 Super Rugby squads: New Zealand

New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises have each unveiled their squads ahead of the 2018 season, when the competition will revert to a three-conference, 15-team structure.

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230dGreg Growden

Robertson's effort 'among best in 22 years'

The Crusaders' triumph over the Lions in the Super Rugby final at Ellis Park is one of the few things that did go right this season in a competition that has lost its way and is in dire need of a dramatic shakeup.

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232dESPN Staff

All Blacks' Taylor extends contract through 2021

All Blacks and Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor has become the first All Black to sign a long-term contract with New Zealand Rugby, extending his contract through to 2021.

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234dESPN staff

Super Rugby Final: Key stats & trivia test

The Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders is still a few days away, but a sold-out Ellis Park has already been confirmed. To help whet your appetite for the decider, we've uncovered 10 big stats and, for a bit of fun, created a quiz!

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235dCraig Dowd

We can't ignore flaws in Super Rugby

The final between the Lions and the Crusaders should be a great game, but SANZAAR, once the decider is played, must conduct an honest review and work out exactly where the competition is heading -- Craig Dowd writes.

235dSam Bruce

Super Rugby final, Lions vs. Crusaders preview

The Super Rugby Final will be played in Johannesburg for the first time, and returns to South Africa after a seven-year hiatus, when the Lions host the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday. Read our full match preview here!

236dSam Bruce

Contrasting styles, stories offer sour Super season a sweet finish

Super Rugby has the finale it deserves with the contrasting styles and storylines of the Lions and Crusaders capable of delivering a decider that can finish what has been a sour season off the field in the best possible fashion on it.

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237dGreg Growden

Respect earned, Lions now face ultimate test

The Lions rode an easy draw to the semifinals before earning plenty of respect with a surging comeback win over the Hurricanes. A maiden title is now in the offing, though few challenges are tougher than an in-form Crusaders -- Greg Growden writes.

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Lions to even up their semifinal history?

KweséESPN takes a look at how the Lions -- in both their guises -- have fared in their previous Super Rugby semifinals.

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242dESPN staff

Super Rugby Preview: Travel huge issue for Chiefs

We're down to the final four in Super Rugby with the semifinal action set down for Christchurch and Johannesburg this weekend. So who will advance to the big dance?

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

    1st 29 Tries
  • LIONS4th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Melbourne Rebels : 77 Points Difference