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as informed in Super Rugby Week 1: What to look out forCape Town – Super Rugby 2017 is here!
Injury has plagued his last three Super Rugby seasons and he will be desperate to get through the 2017 tournament in one piece.
The Cheetahs have disappointed on the Super Rugby stage ever since making the play-offs back in 2013 – their leaky defence the major issue.
But, will a flawless Currie Cup campaign in 2016 translate into success in Super Rugby?
Super Rugby starts on a Thursday this year when the Rebels host the Blues, but there is a full weekend that will see all six South African franchises in action.

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Reds overhaul Sharks in Brisbane to win their Super Rugby opener

The Reds scored four tries to two with powerful Wallaby centre Kerevi nabbing a double and Cooper landing a conversion and two penalties.
The Reds trailed 26-18 with 17 minutes left before centre Samu Kerevi and replacement James Tuttle scored tries to clinch victory over the Durban-based Sharks.
The Reds cross the country to play the Western Reds in Perth next week, while the Sharks stay in Australia to face the Brumbies in Canberra.
When Lubabalo Mtembu scored off a driving maul the Sharks led 26-18 on the hour before the Reds launched their comeback to claim victory.
For a time it looked as though the Sharks, seeking their fifth victory in Brisbane, would go on and win after leading 16-13 at half-time and with Lambie in exceptional goalkicking touch.

Call for SA to lose a Super Rugby franchise

referring to Sydney – Former Australian rugby chief John O’Neill has called for Argentina and Japan to be dumped from the troubled Super Rugby competition, along with a South African side.
“What is the best competition structure that is ultimately and unambiguously in the best interests of Australian rugby?”
But you cannot continue with an 18-team competition, which isn’t even a genuine competition.”
“You can ask questions how the hell this 18-team competition came into existence but the hard cold question now is ‘what’s the solution?’.”
As the SANZAAR organisers grapple with a way forward for the confusing 18-team, five-nation championship, former Australian Rugby Union chairperson O’Neill says they must return to a 15-team format.

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