Opinion

Crusaders' shot at redemption

Richie McCaw

ANDREW MEHRTENS - Stuff

OPINION: Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.

Could be the Tahs' year

Kurtley Beale

TAINE RANDELL - Sunday News

OPINION: Those underachieving pretty boys of Australian rugby are finally delivering on their promise, writes Taine Randell.

Gifford: Crusaders bet is safe

Dan Carter

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: The wolves were howling for Todd Blackadder's head early in the year. A title might shut them up, writes Phil Gifford.

Crusaders will upset Tahs

Jacques Potgieter

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: History doesn't decide football games. And they're not played on paper either, writes Jeff Wilson.

Supporting cast key to success

Crusaders fans

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Four down. One remaining. For the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders the 2015 season is imminent.

Sharks can win on road

Bismark du Plessis

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Plenty of mongrel in team led by 111kg slab of organic SA beef aiming to sink hopes of NZ glory.

Keep it simple, rugby

ma'a nonu

The Super Rugby season is too long and fragmented. Let's take it back to basics, Ricardo Foxtrot writes.

Week off can break rhythm

Richie McCaw

ANDREW MEHRTENS - Stuff

OPINION: A rest period before the Super Rugby finals may not be ideal for the players involved, writes Andrew Mehrtens.

More than a title shot

Nemani Nadolo

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Qualifying for Super Rugby semis means much more for Crusaders than just having a crack at another title.

Forgive and forget

Ma'a Nonu

TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Whatever issues Ma'a Nonu had at the Hurricanes in 2011 it is time for all involved to move on

Promises, promises

Ma'a Nonu

HAMISH BIDWELL - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Now we get some indication of the environment Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett was operating in.

Super Rugby table tells lies

Mark Hammett

MARK REASON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: How strange it is that so many judgments are made according to the Super Rugby final standings.

Sixth SA side bad move

S'bura Sithole

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - Stuff

OPINION: It's a good thing they have a good off-field argument as their Super Rugby on-field effort doesn't deserve it.

Crusaders crank it up

Matt Todd

TOBY ROBSON - The Press

OPINION: The Crusaders wouldn't be a bad bet to end their Super Rugby title drought.

Hammer failed to nail it

 Mark Hammett

TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Mark Hammett slipped at the start line and never fully recovered.

Hammett has failed

Mark Hammett

TAINE RANDELL - Sunday News

OPINION: After four seasons without reaching the playoffs, Mark Hammett exits the Hurricanes having failed to deliver on expectations.

Short of the mark

Mark Hammett

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: So now the Hurricane era of the Hammer is over, what are we to make of it all?

Meet rugby's clown prince

Andrew Mehrtens

The Press

In this exclusive extract from his memoir, Phil Gifford talks of his affection for Andrew Mehrtens.

The year of the Waratahs

Michael Cheika, Daryl Gibson

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: If you had $100 on the Waratahs to win their first-ever title, you would be feeling happy with yourself.

More of the same Nonu guff

Ma'a Nonu

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Latest instalment in the tale of a roaming Ma'a Nonu should be of immense frustration to the NZRU.

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