Another death this week has the hallmarks of an organised hit and involves familiar characters.
The man accused of killing strip-club owner Lolly Jackson, called the businessman's death an "accident", media reported on Monday.
The last hours of Lolly Jackson's life involved a booze-fuelled meeting with his alleged killer, George Smith, which ended in bullets and tears.
Is it a coincidence that, after two high-profile murders, the individuals involved phoned police commissioners to tell them about it?
Celebrated Australian flanker George Smith announced his immediate retirement from international rugby on Friday to pursue a move abroad.
Australia coach Robbie Deans on Tuesday dropped veteran George Smith and three others from the Wallabies line-up for the final Bledisloe Cup match.
Australia coach Robbie Deans admitted on Wednesday that the Wallabies were struggling to adapt to "old" rugby rules as they prepare to face France.
Australia's Brumbies will not to be sidetracked by history or the widely acclaimed Stormers injuries in the run-up to Saturday's make-or-break Super 14 clash at Newlands. The history books will show that the last time the Brumbies lost at Newlands was in 1998, and apart from one draw in 2006, they've always defeated the Stormers in the Mother City in a decade of clashes.
The Sharks believe their efforts to remain unbeaten in the Super 14 became more difficult when their 10th-round opponents, the ACT Brumbies, announced midweek that coach Laurie Fisher would not be re-hired for 2009. Super 14 tradition suggests that teams whose coaches are dismissed in the course of any season respond with an immediate form improvement.
The ACT Brumbies kept their Super 14 semifinal hopes alive with a tense 16-11 away win over an ill-disciplined Auckland Blues at Eden Park on Saturday. Needing a win to stay in touch with the teams above them, the Brumbies withstood some early Auckland pressure before slowly asserting their dominance.
The Waikato Chiefs ruined Stirling Mortlock's return from injury by romping to a 42-28 win over the ACT Brumbies in a Super 14 match in Canberra on Friday. Australia captain Mortlock was playing his first game of the season following shoulder surgery but was powerless to contain an inspired Waikato side.
Lote Tuqiri and Dean Mumm scored tries against the run of play to guide the New South Wales Waratahs to a 24-17 win over the ACT Brumbies in a Super 14 match on Friday. Wallaby wing Tuqiri intercepted a loose pass from Adam Wallace-Harrison to level the score, and then replacement lock Mumm charged down an attempted clearance to score the match winner.
Wallaby Julian Huxley guided a bare-bones ACT Brumbies to a tense 22-20 Super 14 rugby win over New Zealand's Otago Highlanders in Canberra on Saturday. The Brumbies, in a rebuilding phase after the loss of experienced halves George Gregan and Stephen Larkham, also went into the match without a further three injured Wallabies.
The Canterbury Crusaders moved straight into top gear as they started the new Super 14 season with a convincing 34-3 win over the ACT Brumbies on Friday. The four-try effort ensured maximum points for the perennial favourites, who have won the championship six times.
Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell continued his try-scoring feast at the World Cup with a double in Australia's 37-6 victory over Canada on Saturday. Mitchell crossed twice in the second half to lift his tally for the tournament to seven tries from just four games, breaking David Campese's Australian record for the most tries in a single World Cup with his six in 1991.
Two-time champions Australia beat Wales 32-20 in a bruising World Cup clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday to virtually make sure of avoiding South Africa in the last eight. The Wallabies, who had two players sin-binned late in the game, scored four tries but were pushed all the way by a spirited home side who had been on the ropes at 25-3 down at the break.
Twice champions Australia showed they are starting to rediscover their best form at the perfect time by thrashing Japan 91-3 in their opening World Cup Pool B match on Saturday. Despite playing their first game in seven weeks, the Wallabies gave a brilliant display of open rugby to pile on 13 unanswered tries in their opening match of the tournament.
The great debate: Is this the Wallabies' A team? Or merely the Wallabies' A-frame team? That's the question controversial Australian rugby columnist Greg Growden ask in his Monday Maul. It is impossible to avoid the fact that the Australian World Cup campaign revolves around those on their last Test legs, rather than those at the peak of their careers.