Waratahs expect wide attack from Reds
New Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley says Queensland would be silly not to throw the ball wide in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash in Brisbane.
The Reds enter the final-round game knowing nothing less than a bonus-point victory will give them a chance of winning the Australian conference title or earning a wildcard spot.
For Foley, the game represents his first venture into the Suncorp Stadium cauldron and a second opportunity to build his combination with halfback Grayson Hart.
“Grayson is a really good bloke so that combination is developing quite nicely,” Foley told AAP.
“I’ve never been there (Suncorp Stadium), so it’s going to be daunting.
“The Reds have a lot on the line there. They are going to come out very fired up and wanting to put together a good performance.”
With his opposite number Quade Cooper running the show for the Reds, Foley has no doubt Queensland will look to swing the ball wide.
“With the amount of talent and potency in their backline, they would be silly not to (go wide),” Foley said.
“They will have a game plan that they will work to.
“But they will let the guys like (Reds halfback) Willie (Genia) and Quade (Cooper) just play their natural game and that’s to throw the ball around and give it to the outside speed guys.”
Foley said cohesion between forwards and backs was addressed in the aftermath of the loss to the Brumbies, the Waratahs’ seventh straight defeat.
“Once we gel as a unit, you see the times when we did we looked very dangerous and quite potent,” Foley said.
“Its just trying to get that consistency throughout the 80 minutes and attack as a whole unit.”
NSW coach Michael Foley has reshuffled his forward pack due to a shoulder injury to No.8 Wycliff Palu with Sitaleki Timani promoted to lock, Dean Mumm shifted to the back-row and Dave Dennis starting at No.8.
Paddy Ryan remains at tight-head with Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu grounded by a calf problem.© AAP 2013