Polota-Nau primed for 100th Waratahs game

By Adrian Warren,

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    Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has an achievement he desperately wants to tick off when he makes his 100th appearance for the NSW Waratahs in their clash with South Africa’s Bulls in Pretoria this weekend.

    The fearless front-rower, who made his NSW debut in a rare non-Super Rugby match against Auckland in 2005, wasn’t aware he was reaching the century game milestone until told this week.

    But he was keenly aware that none of the current Waratahs squad have ever tasted victory against the Bulls in Pretoria, which NSW last achieved in 2002.

    In fact, Polota-Nau is one of just a handful of current NSW players who has been part of a winning Waratahs team anywhere in South Africa, where they have lost seven straight since their last victory in 2009.

    “Having not won here at Loftus, that’s probably one of my biggest aspirations to really knuckle down and get the win here,” Polota-Nau told AAP.

    “It’s definitely something I want to tick off, winning away games at these special places.

    “Obviously there’s a lot of talk around a well documented sort of hoodoo thing.

    “But at the end of the day it’s a game of rugby and, if you’re the better team, you’ll get the rewards for it.”

    Polota-Nau said NSW had discussed the losing streak.

    “I think we’ve definitely confronted it. Obviously the mindset has a big part to do with (breaking) it,” Polota-Nau said.

    The Bulls currently lead the South African conference and have won their last seven games – home and away – against NSW.

    “They (The Bulls) are a team that really know how they want to play,” Polota-Nua said.

    “If we can disrupt a few of those circumstances and play to our strengths, hopefully we can shut them down early and take care of possession to attack off because a big part of their game is their kicking game.

    “If we can retain the ball and not make them kick at all, it’s halfway to getting a leg up on the Bulls.”

    Polota-Nua’s bull-like charges with the ball and hard-hitting defence often has supporters worrying and wincing, but the popular hooker had no qualms about his style as he considered his 100-game milestone.

    “It was worth the journey really, going through the pleasures and the pains of rugby, experiencing it first hand when you are playing against the best teams week in week out,” Polota-Nau said.

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    • Roar Guru

      April 25th 2013 @ 10:03am
      jeznez said | April 25th 2013 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      TPN has been one of my favourite players for a long time, congratulations to him and will definitely be tuning in to watch him in his 100th.

      • April 25th 2013 @ 10:20am
        nickoldschool said | April 25th 2013 @ 10:20am | ! Report

        Must feel pretty cosy scrummaging next to him huh?

        I have always had a soft sport for him but ha e to admit he didn’t live up to my, probably unrealistic, expectations. Maybe I idealised him too early and thought he would be the n1 hooker in world rugby for years. Didn’t happen like that unfortunately but still love the bloke.

        I saw him at a trial in Gosford years ago when he just started. Massive legs, looked raw and full of energy and felt there was some Tyson in him.

    • Roar Guru

      April 25th 2013 @ 11:40am
      AdamS said | April 25th 2013 @ 11:40am | ! Report

      This still right at the top of my favourite tackles.
      Williams looks like he’s been hit by a small car.

      • April 25th 2013 @ 12:24pm
        Pick & go..!! said | April 25th 2013 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

        Hahaha that’s a TPN special right there. Still my prefered hooker for the wallabies. Good luck & congratulations to him.

        • Roar Guru

          April 25th 2013 @ 12:37pm
          AdamS said | April 25th 2013 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

          Cuddly, yet lethal. He’s like a maneating teddybear.

      • April 25th 2013 @ 3:54pm
        Milz said | April 25th 2013 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

        He still can’t catch a cold!

    • April 25th 2013 @ 12:56pm
      Pollock said | April 25th 2013 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      He has stacked on the beef since that video.

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