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    NSW Waratahs Vs. Cheetahs

    2013 Super Rugby Tournament , 16 March, 2013

    Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
    Cheetahs 27 defeated NSW Waratahs 26
    NSW Waratahs Cheetahs
    26 FINAL SCORE 27
    2 TRIES 3
    4/6 PENALTY GOALS 2/3
    0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • NSW Waratahs - McKibbin
    • B 16pts (2C 4G)
    Important moments:
    • Cheetahs took the lead at the 69 min. mark 2nd half
    • McKibbin, B (WARA) penalty goal at the 73 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: G Williamson
    Touch judges: A Lees & J Leckie

    After last weekend’s hiding at the hands of the Brumbies, the NSW Waratahs must get a win tonight when they host the Cheetahs at Allianz Stadium. We’ll have live scores and commentary as the action unfolds from 7.30pm AEDT.

    The Waratahs start a good stretch of matches at home this week, and need to get off on the right foot after being given a rugby lesson by the Brumbies last week.

    Coming into town are the Cheetahs, who are high on confidence after a strong win against the Highlanders in Invercargill.

    That isn’t an easy task, but their enthusiasm and strong running saw them win quite comfortably.

    The Cheetahs jumped all over mistakes by the Highlanders and used that momentum to build a big first half lead that never looked like being run down.

    One area the Waratahs haven’t been up to scratch this year, among many, is their start to the match. Three times out of three this year, the Waratahs have found themselves down at half time.

    The Cheetahs began fierce early on against the Highlanders, and even in losing to the Chiefs started with sprightly enthusiasm.

    If they kick off in similiar fashion tonight, it could set the early stages of this clash as a flash point for whether the Waratahs can get their season on track.

    Sarel Pretorius will relish the first opportunity to play the Waratahs after spending a year with them last year that turned out to be as rocky as it was successful.

    Full of confidence and aggression, this season back with the Cheetahs has started out much better and he’ll be looking to show what they are now missing out on.

    Michael Cheika is trying to shake up his underperforming squad and has made a number of changes for the team to play this week.

    The headline is Drew Mitchell being dropped from the match-day 22 all together. The changes are all over the side and on the bench and it will be interesting to see which new combinations work.

    Lachie Turner and Peter Betham are the starting wingers, Israel Folau will revert back to starting full back and Ben Volavola will move back to the bench.

    Berrick Barnes will fun on at inside-centre to replace Tom Carter who has been dropped from the whole team and Rob Horne comes onto the bench as a back replacement.

    Tatafu Polota-Nau and Wycliffe Palu aren’t going to recover from injury in time, and they will be replaced by John Ulugia and Pat McCutcheon.

    Dave Dennis slides over to number six, bumping Mitchell Chapman to the bench. Paddy Ryan gets a start at tight-head prop as well.

    Realistically it’s easier not to read this team sheet through the prism of last week’s side. It is a revamped lineup and that is what Cheika is hoping will also take place on the field.

    Cheika has rebooted the personnel in the hope the Waratahs are able to reboot their season against the Cheetahs this Friday.

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    • 8:06am
      Boomeranga said | 8:06am | ! Report

      I have to apologise to the board and certainly chiefs fans for my posting on this thread. Very ordinary behaviour on my part. Uppercut will be self delivered.

    • 6:54am
      RocknRoll29 said | 6:54am | ! Report

      The Waratahs are just not that good. They are trying real hard, have great coaches – the boys are just not up to it. Skills wise and toughness is lacking. No old school leaders anymore – so a soft culture has set in. Cheika will change it – but it cld take a while and players will run overseas rather than fight.

    • 12:17am
      Malo said | 12:17am | ! Report

      tahs are done, backrow is useless tightfive ok but season finished

      • 3:09am
        Hightackle said | 3:09am | ! Report

        A full strength Tah backrow is one of the best in Aust imo.
        Hooper, Palu and Dennis are an excellent combo.

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          Jiggles said | 8:29am | ! Report

          Yeaaaaah sick….

          • 10:38pm
            Hightackle said | 10:38pm | ! Report

            Obviously you disagree Jiggles.
            Dont tell me, the Reds back row is better than the Tahs full strength one in Jiggles land and Deans will be a bad coach for not selecting them.

    • 11:17pm
      Boomeranga said | 11:17pm | ! Report

      It certainly has in brisbane, Canberra and where ever the chiefs are from so maybe you’re on to something there.

    • 10:55pm
      Royce Strauss said | 10:55pm | ! Report

      I think I know why the Waratahs lost… yep… breaking news… Tommy Carter wasn’t playing. … πŸ˜€

    • 10:39pm
      Royce Strauss said | 10:39pm | ! Report

      Yeah that makes it 3 wins in a row for the Cheetahs over the Waratahs…. The irony, because the Sydney morning herald have always had digs at “the lowly Cheetahs” or the “cellar dweller Cheetahs” even though they’ve been big improvers in recent years. I think they now officially deserve some respect.

      Pretorius must be feeling pretty good with his game, he certainly got revenge for the way he was treated.

      • 10:47pm
        Suzy Poison said | 10:47pm | ! Report

        Yep. Sarel no longer plays for a bunch of losers!

        • 10:51pm
          Royce Strauss said | 10:51pm | ! Report

          High five me! right now!

    • 10:12pm
      Worlds biggest said | 10:12pm | ! Report

      1-3 and the season seems to be already slipping away, it’s great the attacking intent is there but the points must be taken when offer.
      The Cheetahs seem to be a bit if a bogey team for the Tahs.

      • 10:24pm
        Chris said | 10:24pm | ! Report

        I think every team in the competition (Force and Rebels aside) is a bogey team for the Tahs…

      • 10:38pm
        Suzy Poison said | 10:38pm | ! Report

        Correct Cheetahs have beaten Tahs twice in Sydney in the last three years now.
        But even though Cheetahs have only two starting Boks, Goosen and Strauss, the core team and more importantly the coaching staff have stayed the same for the past three or four years. Plus they play Currie Cup together. Tahs have seven Wallabies in their starting team. In Chieka’s defence, he is starting from scratch, impatient Tahs supporters need to give him at least two years.
        Jake White got better results perhaps because there were lower expectations? I said before the season started the Tahs are mid table team, and nothing I have seen has changed my mind.

        • 10:40pm
          Royce Strauss said | 10:40pm | ! Report

          Technically they have Brussow too, who would be starting if Meyer had a brain cell.

          • 10:46pm
            Suzy Poison said | 10:46pm | ! Report

            Brussow and Coenie Oosthuizen are both Boks but on the bench for the Cheetahs. Waratahs dropped two Wallaby players for this game. I was only comparing starting players.

            But agree Heineken will stuff up Bok rugby. It’s early days, but even if the Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs and Bulls do well, there is no guarantee that Heinken will coach any success at International level.

            • 10:52pm
              Royce Strauss said | 10:52pm | ! Report

              Well despite not winning the competition since 2010, the South African sides have still done well, despite failings at the Boks…. Talent is there… Bok coaching staff – not so much.

              • 11:01pm
                Suzy Poison said | 11:01pm | ! Report

                Agree 100%

              • 11:53pm
                matthew said | 11:53pm | ! Report

                Agreed 100 %. The talent is there as it was last year. We’ve got arguably the greatest resources in the world- we just don’t have the brains especially where it matters the most at the national level. Our Bok coaching staff is an absolute disaster. Heineken will have to run the team into the ground first before he recruits some quality assistant coaches to turn things around.

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          Mick Gold Coast QLD said | 11:26pm | ! Report

          “Tahs have seven Wallabies in their starting team.”

          One of whom, I heard the Waratahs commentary team say, scored his first try in sixteen matches. The try surprised me too because he usually keeps the ball when he gets it, then loses it when he’s tackled – a feature of his game for a decade now.

          Therein lies an explanation why the Waratahs, and the Wallabies, fail.

          • 3:29am
            Hightackle said | 3:29am | ! Report

            To you MGC I must say a very big WTF?
            How the F is being ranked 3rd in the entire world failing?
            The Wallabies won the 2nd most games in the top 10 last year, drew with #1, beat #2, beat #4, beat #5 and beat #9.

            I really cant understand why obvious success is labeled failure by negative Ausie fans.
            For the Tahs to “fail” like the Wallabies, they would be knocked out in the semi finals and come third on points.

            You guys make no sense at all.

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              biltongbek said | 3:57am | ! Report

              They also lost to #1 and #2 and Scotland and got pummeled by France and played the most tests alongside Argentina for the year. πŸ˜‰

              • Roar Guru

                Kane said | 7:17am | ! Report

                Three 20+ point losses last year was it?

              • 9:52pm
                Hightackle said | 9:52pm | ! Report

                Biltong they had the 2nd highest wins and win %. A higher win % than SA, Eng, Ite, Wal, Arg etc.
                SA got thrashed by NZ, they drew with Arg, the drew with Eng (Aust beat them) they came third in the RC (behind Aust) and SA got beaten by NZ twice too.
                What failures SA are.
                What a joke.

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                biltongbek said | 10:51pm | ! Report

                HT, yeah we are poor, I am not afraid to admit that, are you?

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              Mick Gold Coast QLD said | 4:27pm | ! Report

              As you can see Hightackle the whole range of statistics, as recounted by others here, can be a real plugger can’t they?

              The Wobblies indeed “drew with No 1”, and got walloped by them twice; “beat No 2”, and got even more walloped by them; and “beat No 9” up here while I watched in astonishment as they tried ever so hard to lose. And against France? They won by half time and then lapped us again!

              Reality can be so un-positive!

              • 9:42pm
                Hightackle said | 9:42pm | ! Report

                Yes they had some heavy losses but who didnt?
                Every team did apart from NZ. Thats the point. Your so far from reality its not funny.
                Yes Biltong they had the most games but not only did they have the 2nd highest wins, they had the 2nd highest win %.
                what a bunch of losers they are. Pffft THEY ARE RANKED 3RD IN THE WORLD!!!!! So by your genius 8 of the top 10 failed. Seriously WTF are you talking about?
                A higher win % than SA too. So #2 are failures too.
                It staggers me how stupid it is to say that Australia failed at rugby by arguably being the 2nd best in the world last year.
                Dont tell me about reality, your claiming its reality for the team who had the 2nd highest win % and wins failed.
                That is f-ing stupid to put it bluntly and 7 teams out of the top 10 would trade places in a heartbeat.
                You are being ridiculous.

              • 10:32pm
                Hightackle said | 10:32pm | ! Report

                Sorry about the rant but I am just so over people saying that the Wallabies (a top 3 side) are not very good when they obviously are at least a top 3 side when missing guys like Pocock, Horwill, JOC, Genia and many others.
                Imo Aust had an amazingly successfull year in 2012 under the circumstances and to think that Aust failed when they were one of the very best in terms of wins and losses with such difficulties is just crazy imo. It is an insult to every other team including NZ and SA.

                Then Ive got Red Kev saying 2 of Austs very best over the last year or so shouldnt be in the team. They were 2 of the favs for the John Eales medal but should be dropped? How does that make any sense?
                I just dont get how you guys think or come to the conclusion that this is right.

        • 3:20am
          Hightackle said | 3:20am | ! Report

          The Tahs dont have 7 starting Wallabies in the team. They have about 4. The preferred starting 15 was

          1) Robinson
          2) TPN/Moore
          3) Alexander
          4) Horwill
          5) Sharpe
          6) Higgs
          7) Pocock
          8) Palu
          9) Genia
          10) Cooper
          11) Ioane
          12) Tapuai/McCabe
          13) AAC
          14) JOC
          15) Beale

          Or variations of it.
          The reason so many Tahs played last year was becuz of injury. I would even argue that only 3 Tahs would start with Moore prolly being selected ahead of TPN.

          • 8:35am
            Red Kev said | 8:35am | ! Report

            Palu is the only Waratah that should be starting. AAC and Hooper should be on the bench. That’s it. 3 players. If the side is picked on ability and form.
            Since it is Deans I am expecting 5 in the starting side and another 3 on the bench.

            • 9:48pm
              Hightackle said | 9:48pm | ! Report

              I get so frustrated with you people.
              AAC and Hooper were 2 of Australias best players last year are were towards the top of the polling in the John Eales medal. So for you to say they shouldnt be in the team is really quite stupid. Im sorry if that offends you but Hooper and AAC should clearly have been in the team becuz they were 2 of the very best in the team.

          • 9:57am
            Suzy Poison said | 9:57am | ! Report

            My poor language skills. I meant 7 Wallabies players( who had represented Austraulia) in the starting Tahs team..
            The Cheetahs have two players who have represented South Africa in the starting team. Goosen would be the only starting Bok. Strauss is behind Bismark in the pecking order.

            But it’s that old cliche, a team of stars versus a star team.

            However despite all the negatitivity I think the Tahs could come good at the back end of the season, when the players start to play for each other.

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      biltongbek said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      This was one of those games that both sides could win, nervy, rugby.

      All in all it wasn’t a bad game to watch.

      • 10:07pm
        Tembavj said | 10:07pm | ! Report

        BB are you blogging the other game tonight? Haha!

        Ill get up and support you

        • Roar Guru

          biltongbek said | 11:08pm | ! Report

          Not set up yet, mate, will likely do kne next weekend, not sure.

    • 10:00pm
      Royce Strauss said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      Well deserved win for the Cheetahs… they had the ref against them the whole night.

    • 9:58pm
      Chris said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      To think, if the Tahs stopped playing “attacking” rugby and actually took the easy points they would have won that game.

      Crawl before you walk boys. Didn’t see the Brumbies throwing it around last year, they learned the basics.

      • 10:05pm
        Bakkies said | 10:05pm | ! Report

        Exactly. No point in having 61% possession if you aren’t going to use it effectively. It’s pleasing that the Tahs are getting hammered by not taking the points, which is proving smart Rugby people right. Cheika can’t play an attacking ”Randwick” game without a proper 9 and 10 combination in the modern game.

    • 9:55pm
      Suzy Poison said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      This is the first time the Cheetahs have won three in a row against any opposition. The Waratahs could be considered the Cheetahs bunnies? Even the team, from up the road, who were booted out the comp, the Lions, put up more of a fight.

      I don’t rate Chieka and I especially don’t rate Izzy Folau. The Cheetahs bombed him with kicks all night knowing he was the weak point. Raymond Rhule probably get about 5% of his salary but is a 200% better player.

      • 10:10pm
        atlas said | 10:10pm | ! Report


      • 10:20pm
        Albo said | 10:20pm | ! Report

        Sorry Suzy but Izzy was all over the kicks tonight. He was one of the only backs who was safe with ball in hand. Every other back coughed up possession at some point but I’ll give credit to Izzy because I thought his positional play was very good for a guy who’s played the position three times in his life.

        He’s fine by me at 15.

        • 10:29pm
          Suzy Poison said | 10:29pm | ! Report

          Conceded he didn’t play that badly tonight, but I don’t see him as the media hyped him as a “Wallby in waiting”

          To clarify, the Cheetahs have never beaten any single opposition three times in a row. Be it the Lions, Force, Rebels etc.
          The Waratahs is the first team, they have beaten three times in a row.

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            AdamS said | 11:24pm | ! Report

            I thought, if nothing else, he demonstrated quite clearly that the last place you want to put a high ball is anywhere near him. He took some screamers.

    • 9:54pm
      Johnno said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Tahs have to engage city. 4.5 million people to only get 12,000 to match is a real worry.

      • 9:56pm
        GWS said | 9:56pm | ! Report

        They are getting what they deserve

        • 10:08pm
          jack said | 10:08pm | ! Report

          What do you reckon about scrapping the tahs and starting again?

      • 10:19pm
        Atawhai Drive said | 10:19pm | ! Report

        Appalling crowd. Rain not an excuse this time.

      • 10:23pm
        Boomeranga said | 10:23pm | ! Report

        Unless your from Melbourne or Sydney, go Fck yourself with your numbers. Tell me where your from and then let’s discuss what you actually contribute.

        • 11:55pm
          Dave said | 11:55pm | ! Report

          Sydney won’t watch a loser. Want crowds? Start winning.

          Having said that, I went…

          • 12:07am
            Bob said | 12:07am | ! Report

            What place watches a loser though?

            Show me team that winning, and I’ll show a band wagon.

            Brisbane – yes
            Canberra – yes
            NZ rugby – yes
            SA – no, but sell $3 tickets – yes

            • 2:48am
              Zingar said | 2:48am | ! Report

              Your comparison with SA is unhelpful. SA wages are much lower, tickets are cheap because people don’t have a ton of money to throw around. Rugby must be the most expensive popular sport in SA.

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              biltongbek said | 3:25am | ! Report

              Can you tell me about these 3 dollar tickets?

              • 4:03am
                LloydSix said | 4:03am | ! Report

                Agreed BB, tickets are not $3 – probably closer to $15 plus the fact that income per capita is far less than Aus.

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                biltongbek said | 4:25am | ! Report

                Loydd the cheapest tickets I have bought was R100.

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                jeznez said | 12:18pm | ! Report

                BBK, that makes them 10 AUD so Lloyd is pretty much on the mark.

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