The Waratahs were always going to be under the pump to make up for the absence of Israel Folau, and with their impressive second half turn around to seal a 23-20 win the side showed they could step up without their linchpin.
The NSW Waratahs have breathed fresh life into their Super Rugby campaign with a crucial comeback win over the conference-leading Melbourne Rebels.
We've reached the halfway point of the 2019 Super Rugby season. The Crusaders are clear at the top, but the chasing pack is not small in size. We review your team's progress here!
All eyes will be on the Waratahs as they take to the field without Israel Folau for the first time since his controversial Instagram post, while round 10 is also highlighted by a New Zealand derby.
Melbourne Rebels blew a golden opportunity to take a stranglehold on the Australian conference but, more worryingly, the Stormers showed what happens when you frustrate Quade Cooper. Your Round 9 review is here.
Melbourne's South African curse has continued with the Rebels going down 41-24 to the struggling Stormers in Friday's Super Rugby clash.
Melbourne centre Billy Meakes has escaped suspension for foul play in the Rebels' Super Rugby win over the Sunwolves last Saturday night.
Super Rugby round 9 is highlighted by the Blues playing for their fifth consecutive win as they look firmly placed in the playoff race, while the Reds go on tour and the Sharks aim to solidify their place at the top of their conference.
Reece Hodge bagged a hat-trick as Melbourne extended their lead at the top of the Australian Super Rugby conference with a crushing 42-15 win over the Sunwolves on Saturday night.
Super Rugby round 8 is highlighted by the Crusaders returning home for the first time since the Christchurch terror attacks to take on the Brumbies, in what is sure to be an emotional night.
It may not quite be a dirty word like "rotation" was during Mickey Arthur's stint as Australia cricket coach, but Rugby World Cup-aiding "rest weeks" are fast becoming a key factor in this year's Super Rugby competition.
Melbourne playmaker Quade Cooper has enjoyed a victorious return with a leading role in the Rebels' dominant Super Rugby win over Queensland.
Super Rugby round 7 is highlighted by the Crusaders looking to bounce back from their shock loss in a New Zealand derby, while the Reds play host to the Rebels who return from their South Africa trip.
Super Rugby Round 6 is highlighted by a rare Sunday afternoon fixture while the SCG surface will again take centre stage in Sydney. Follow the team lists as they're announced here.
Melbourne have blown a golden chance to land their first Super Rugby win in South Africa as they squandered a massive lead to lose to the Lions 36-33 in Johannesburg.
Can the Reds and Chiefs finally get a win in Super Rugby? They have tough assignments in Round 5 while the Southern Derby looms large on Saturday. Full squad lists here.
Goodness gracious, Will Genia's still got it. After a poor finish to 2018, the Rebels halfback is seemingly back to his best. Meanwhile, are the All Blacks inching closer to a Ngani Laumape-Jack Goodhue midfield combination?
The Rebels remain unbeaten after three games of their Super Rugby season, overcoming an ugly first half to beat the Brumbies 29-26 in Melbourne.
Round 4 kicks off in Wellington and continues with the undefeated Rebels and Crusaders hosting the next games, against the Brumbies and the Chiefs respectively, but the best might just be coming last with the Bulls hosting the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.
Jack Maddocks chose a tough year to step into international rugby. But armed with the lessons of a woeful Wallabies run, and a flourishing partnership with Quade Cooper, he's already made a flying start to 2019.
Three big trans-Tasman clashes headline Round 3 of Super Rugby, including a double-header to get us started on Friday evening. Read on for all of this week's team lists.
Melbourne Rebels captain and Wallaby Dane Haylett-Petty has signed a new deal which will see him remain with the Super Rugby club until the end of 2021.
In Super Rugby round two we see two trans-Tasman clashes as well as a New Zealand derby. Read for all of this week's team lists.
Round 1 of Super Rugby is in the books and there were already some interesting takeaways for each team and the big question mark hanging over their heads in 2019. We address the key execution, or personnel issues, here.
The careers of Will Genia and Quade Cooper have taken some interesting turns since their title-winning run at Queensland Reds. But they won't be resting on their laurels in Melbourne, the duo determined to secure some Rebels success and have fun doing it.
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- REBEL2ndTRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 40 Tries ScoredCRUS1st3540
- REBEL4thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 121 Points DifferenceCRUS1st24121