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80dNick Said

Pienaar: No regrets over decision to call time on Boks

The Boks could have used a player of Pienaar's experience and versatility on tour to Europe, and at the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, but he says that chapter of his career is now firmly closed.

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85dKweséESPN Staff

Sharks upset WP to lift Currie Cup

For the second consecutive year the world's oldest domestic rugby competition was won by the away team as the travelling Sharks avenged last year's loss in Durban to the same opposition.

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87dJohn Goliath

Sharks can't allow WP to gain momentum

Sharks likely to take a page out the Blue Bulls' book and look to put Western province under pressure with linespeed on defence.

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88dKweseESPN Staff

Former Springboks flanker Deysel retires

Deysel, who joined Ulster from Guinness Pro14 rivals Munster in 2017, made his decision because of a "combination of lower-body injuries and various niggles".

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114dTom Stapylton-Smith

Defence to take centre stage at Newlands

KweséESPN takes a look at where the weekend's crucial Currie Cup clash between Western Province and the Sharks clash is likely to be won and lost.

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141dKweséESPN Staff

Sharks maul powers them to win over Cheetahs

A late penalty try wasn't enough for the Cheetahs as they suffered their third successive Currie Cup loss when they went down 29-33 to the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.

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160dESPN

Former Harlequin Easter set for Sharks role

Former England international Nick Easter is heading for South Africa after joining the Sharks coaching department for the upcoming Currie Cup season, according to reports.

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182dSam Bruce and John Goliath

QFs Rebooted: Waratahs' 'big three' take charge

The Crusaders were the only team to coast into the Super Rugby semifinals at the weekend with the other three encounters all closely-fought affairs. The Waratahs looked gone at halftime in Sydney, before the "big three" burst into life.

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183dAAP

Crusaders thrash Sharks, into Super semis

The Crusaders have swatted aside a gritty challenge from the Sharks 40-10 to set up a mouth-watering Super Rugby semifinal against the Hurricanes.

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186dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby quarters: Can Tahs, Canes turn it around?

The opening weekend of the Super Rugby playoffs presents three matches that appear to be extremely even contests, particularly those in Sydney and Wellington. Can the Waratahs and Hurricanes respond after last week?

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187dKweséESPN Staff

Sharks results give cause for optimism

The Sharks will take confidence from their performances against New Zealand teams leading up to their Super Rugby quarter-final match against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday morning.

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189dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R19 Rebooted: Waratahs are finals fraudsters

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

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196dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R18 Rebooted: Time for a foul-play report system?

Sunwolves winger Semesi Masirewa was given a red card for a lifting tackle on Bernard Foley. It was the correct decision to the letter of the law, but could it have been better served by a report system? Your Round 18 Super Rugby talking points are here.

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203dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R17 Rebooted: Chiefs deliver timely adrenalin shot

Super Rugby returned from a month-long hiatus only for the negative themes from the June Test series to immediately surface in the provincial competition. Thankfully 24 hours later, the Chiefs helped remind us just how good the game can be.

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231dBrittany Mitchell

R16 rebooted: Best Aussie derby in how long?

The Rebels may have ended Australia's 32-game winless streak in New Zealand, but it was the Waratahs, Reds derby that produced the highlights, meanwhile two All Blacks players have been left red-faced for off-field hijinks.

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237dKweséESPN staff

Ruan Botha suspended for four weeks

Sharks captain Ruan Botha has been handed a four-week suspension after being shown a red card during their loss to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

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239dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R15 rebooted: Rampaging Retallick unrivalled

The Waratahs were hoping to add the Chiefs to their list of victims after ending the trans-Tasman streak in Sydney last week. And they would have, too, had it not been for the game's premier lock: Brodie Retallick.

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245dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R14 rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

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248dJohn Goliath, KweséESPN

Should South Africa ditch SANZAAR?

KweséESPN's John Goliath looks at some of the pros and the cons if SA Rugby decides to ditch their southern-hemisphere partners for their northern counterparts.

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249dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Aussies' chance to challenge 'dark arts'

There has been that much talk about the "dark arts" this week that Super Rugby has felt like a Harry Potter novel. Australia's sides have an opportunity to push the limits this week, but need their chief protagonists to be at their absolute best.

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252dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R13 rebooted: Tahs' gripes only mask capitulation

NSW Waratahs had every right to feel aggrieved over some of the decisions that were, and were not, made in Christchurch. The cold hard fact is, however, that a 29-0 lead should, no matter the opposition, be enough to go on and claim victory.

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256dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Auckland clash between past and future

The mouth-watering midfield showdown between Sonny Bill Williams and Ngani Laumape is the highlight of a clash between the Hurricanes and Blues that might not be as clear-cut as it seems.