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Jul 29, 2014

Waratahs have seized their destiny – Cheika

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs’ two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia’s major force has been driven by a playing group embracing “ownership” of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

The Waratahs host the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby title-decider on Saturday, bidding for a maiden trophy in their first final on home soil.

Jul 29, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs have seized their destiny – Cheika

MELBOURNE, July 29 (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs’ two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia’s major force has been driven by a playing group embracing “ownership” of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

The Waratahs host the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby title-decider on Saturday, bidding for a maiden trophy in their first final on home soil.

Jul 28, 2014

No doubting Ricciardo now, says Jones

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Put “baby-faced assassin” Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel of a Mercedes and there would be no doubt he would take the Formula One title race to the wire, according to compatriot Alan Jones, Australia’s last world champion.

The only driver to have beaten Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to the top of the podium this campaign, Ricciardo won a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to seal his second victory of the season, underlining his class with a high-quality drive and further shading Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Jul 28, 2014

Motor racing-No doubting Ricciardo now, says Jones

MELBOURNE, July 28 (Reuters) – Put “baby-faced assassin” Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel of a Mercedes and there would be no doubt he would take the Formula One title race to the wire, according to compatriot Alan Jones, Australia’s last world champion.

The only driver to have beaten Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to the top of the podium this campaign, Ricciardo won a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to seal his second victory of the season, underlining his class with a high-quality drive and further shading Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Jul 28, 2014

Skelton key to opening championship door for Waratahs

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika’s prediction that man mountain Will Skelton could be a match-winner from the bench may have looked like a sop to a player denied a spot in his starting side for their biggest match of the season.

Instead, it proved deadly accurate as the 22-year-old lock’s majestic line-break against the ACT Brumbies set up his team’s winning try and gives them a chance to seal a maiden Super Rugby title against the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday.

Jul 28, 2014

Rugby-Skelton key to opening championship door for Waratahs

MELBOURNE, July 28 (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika’s prediction that man mountain Will Skelton could be a match-winner from the bench may have looked like a sop to a player denied a spot in his starting side for their biggest match of the season.

Instead, it proved deadly accurate as the 22-year-old lock’s majestic line-break against the ACT Brumbies set up his team’s winning try and gives them a chance to seal a maiden Super Rugby title against the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday.

Jul 22, 2014

Waratahs coach Cheika draws on Leinster lessons

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Cheika overcame a deflating rookie campaign before guiding Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and believes the experience has him in good stead to prepare the New South Wales Waratahs for a tilt at a maiden Super Rugby title.

In his first year in charge, the fiery Australian took the Irish side to the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition in 2005-06, but their tournament ended at Lansdowne Road with a stinging 30-6 loss to eventual champions Munster.

Jul 22, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs coach Cheika draws on Leinster lessons

MELBOURNE, July 22 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika overcame a deflating rookie campaign before guiding Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and believes the experience has him in good stead to prepare the New South Wales Waratahs for a tilt at a maiden Super Rugby title.

In his first year in charge, the fiery Australian took the Irish side to the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition in 2005-06, but their tournament ended at Lansdowne Road with a stinging 30-6 loss to eventual champions Munster.

Jul 18, 2014

Australia not so bold about Commonwealth gold at Glasgow

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Australia’s reign atop the Commonwealth Games medals table faces its biggest threat in decades at Glasgow and the team’s management has been at pains to prepare the sports-mad public for the worst — defeat by England.

Barring a designer-driven cringe over the athletes’ “granny-knit” uniforms, the Games have been largely off the radar for most Australians, with the soccer World Cup looming large over the sporting landscape.

Jul 17, 2014

Rugby-Brumbies ready to face Chiefs on their own terms

MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) – After two years dictating the terms of the Super Rugby playoffs from their Hamilton home, the Waikato Chiefs face the ultimate test of character in Canberra on Saturday against a Brumbies team desperate for payback.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie noted the importance of being postseason hosts in his team’s run to back-to-back championships, and will experience it first hand at Canberra Stadium where the Brumbies have not lost in seven matches.

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