Posts Tagged "NSW Waratahs"

Let me begin this article with my personal opinion of Rob Simmons: while I have never been his biggest fan, I will acknowledge that for a long time he was the leading lineout jumping second-rower in Australia.

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Waratahs scrumhalf Matt Lucas has defected to their Australian rivals the Brumbies, with the ACT-based franchise announcing today the 25-year-old had signed a two-year deal with the team.

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It is all about money. In particular, it’s all about television money, and TV (along with international rugby) is one of the two main generators of revenue in professional rugby.

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The scorelines and the margins and the fact that 60 per cent of The Roar‘s tipping panel picked perfect rounds tells us it was a pretty predictable Round 11. And even those of us unfortunate enough to get a tip wrong will concede it wasn’t that surprising.

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Watching the NSW Waratahs this year has created a few long moments for reflection on the team’s obvious troubles.

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Well, we saw the table movement that I suspected and, sadly for Harry and me, it wasn’t in a good way.

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Dear Waratahs, could you please learn how to spot and develop talent?

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Thanks to a barnstorming second half by Bernard Foley, the Waratahs turned a 25-6 half-time deficit into a miraculous 32-25 victory at AAMI Park last night.

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A halftime blast from Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson, that included the chilling reminder “we’re fighting for our lives”, helped propel his Super Rugby team to a gripping 35-26 win over the Melbourne Rebels.

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Daryl Gibson believes the NSW Waratahs will profit from Israel Folau’s 14-game stint in the centres after ending the “experiment” for the greater good of his fallen Super Rugby champions.

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A long chat with Wallaby coach Michael Cheika made up Kurtley Beale’s mind – he’s not going to take up a second year option with London Wasps, and is coming home to the Waratahs and the Wallabies.

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Dane Haylett-Petty hopes he hasn’t taught Andrew Kellaway too well, with the emerging Waratah poised to try out the advice against this Western Force side in Saturday’s Super Rugby match in Sydney.

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Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has 12 Wallabies on his roster this season, and the missing link isn’t Israel Folau but his offsider in Kurtley Beale.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau admits part of him now regrets playing through the immense pain of a broken forearm last year because it blocked Australia’s up-and-coming hookers from developing.

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After the disappointment of 2016 when only one team made it through to the quarter-finals, the Australian teams will look for a vast improvement in the 2017 Super Rugby season.

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The ‘honest toiler’ is a term synonymous with rugby league. They’re the players who were perhaps not blessed with the skills of future immortal Johnathan Thurston but none-the-less tried their guts out and made the grade.

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Recent Australian Super Rugby heavyweights the Brumbies and Waratahs will meet just once in next year’s regular season, while Melbourne have been handed the first game and the toughest early draw.

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Auckland-born NSW Waratahs prop Angus Ta’avao admits he still has “a lot of love and care” for a Blues outfit he’ll be trying to beat at their Eden Park fortress.

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NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson believes his Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika will look closely at switching Israel Folau to outside centre and move Test rookie Dane Haylett-Petty to fullback.

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The NSW Waratahs insist Kurtley Beale’s seemingly inevitable departure at season’s end won’t derail their Super Rugby campaign.

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