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Western Force primed for biggest test yet against Crusaders

Western Force face a daunting challenge when they confront eight-time Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders at nib Stadium tonight. The Crusaders have brought a squad boasting almost 750 Super Rugby appearances and coach Scott Robertson warned the home side to be ready for a brutal onslaught. Force captain Ian Prior …

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Councils threaten revolt over pest control fee

A revolt looms over a proposed animal and plant pest-control charge for residents in parts of the Perth Hills and the South West after at least two councils said they would not hand over ratepayers’ information to the State Government. Known as the declared pest rate, residents are charged up …

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Ebden sets up clash with Federer in Halle

Matthew Ebden has set up a quarter-final clash with world No.1 Roger Federer after beating local favourite Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Halle Open. The Australian No.2 earned his ninth win of the year, hitting 37 winners as Kohlschreiber, who took the first set, lost his way early in the second, …

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Barty, Gavrilova dumped out in Birmingham

Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty has bowed out of the Birmingham Classic after a 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 defeat to fifth-seeded Julia Goerges. Barty was unable to follow up her triumph at the Nottingham tournament last week as she struggled to deal with the German’s aggressive game that produced 42 winners. And …

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