Rob Horne returns for Waratahs, Dean Mumm benched to face Kings

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    Rob Horne will return for the NSW Waratahs’ crucial Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings in Sydney, allowing Israel Folau to shift to fullback.

    Horne withdrew late from their pre-bye loss to the Hurricanes due to hamstring soreness, but has been named at outside centre for Friday’s game, with Folau replacing Bryce Hegarty in the No.15 jersey

    “It’s getting our best players the field. Rob Horne is back injury-free,” Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said.

    “It’s a (backline) combination that we’ve been wanting to put out for a while, but limited through injury and opportunity.”

    Lock David McDuling gets just his second start of the season, with Wallaby Dean Mumm, dropping to the bench.

    “Dean has had a high workload, he’s played about every game,” Gibson explained.

    “Dave’s been busy when he’s come on, so its a bit of a reward for him.”

    Tom Robertson returns from injury to replace suspended fellow Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu.

    Prop Angus Ta’avao is posed to make a return off the bench after being sidelined for six months with a broken leg.

    Winger/fullback Andrew Kellaway will be out for four to six weeks with a with a small fracture near his throat.

    “He was in hospital last night with complications around blood in the throat,” Gibson said.

    Waratahs squad to face Southern Kings
    Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Cam Clark, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Michael Wells, Michael Hooper (capt), Ned Hanigan, Will Skelton, David McDuling, Tom Robertson, Tolu Latu, Paddy Ryan. Replacements: Hugh Roach, David Lolohea, Dean Mumm, Jed Holloway, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Harry Jones.

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    • April 19th 2017 @ 12:07pm
      Paul said | April 19th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

      It seems Simone has struggled with the step up in intensity and is now on the outer. Or is he injured?

      I’m a bit worried about those outside flyers of the kings running circles around Big T all day. I hope that the inside defenders can shut it down and we don’t give them ANY chance to counter attack. Every kick must go out!

      • April 19th 2017 @ 2:18pm
        Daveski said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

        You may be right Paul but let’s hope big TN gives even more back and tramples them earlier on. I can’t see Jaer or the others tackling him with a head of steam.

        This might just be the Tahs best run-on backline. Not sure re Simone, doesn’t even look that fit. A few weeks dominating at the club rugby level could be the best thing for him.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 2:58pm
          Paul said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

          Gotta feel for a fullback giving away over 50kg to an opposing winger. But as long as Jaer has space, neither will be doing much tackling of the other.

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          April 19th 2017 @ 6:51pm
          Huw Tindall said | April 19th 2017 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

          Nailed the main concern with selections this week. TN’s defence in general and especially on counter attack and kicks in behind is a worry. Will just get blown away for pace. The Kings back three will even be pressuring Cam Clark who does have pace. Folau, Cam Clark and Folely will need to be at their best in defensive positioning and cover defence at the back to shut down any break outs. Hopefully the likes of Ned Hannigan, Hooper and Horne are putting in some serious hits one/two out from the ruck and shutting the Kings outside backs down. Would love to have a Jacques Potgieter style mad man rushing up in defence and flattening the inside backs and runners. We all know that the Tahs were best when they had a big aggressive pack capable of making the hits and dominating the breakdown.

          In another articles Gibson reckons the Tahs are shelving the kicking game this week which should mean less broken play counter attack opportunities for the Kings which are arguably harder to defend than set piece/tackle/ruck turnovers where your attacking line is organised and it’s relatively easy to get into your defensive position on the turnover. Hopefully this negates a bit of the Kings threats and justifies TN in the starting line up.

          On the Tahs front you’d expect Folau and TN to have a field day running out wide with Hooper and co running decent support lines to exploit any line breaks.

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          April 20th 2017 @ 1:26pm
          Paul D said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

          Just when I thought rugby players couldn’t get any smaller, Jaer has being replaced this week with the 163cm and 63kg Masixole Banda!

    • April 19th 2017 @ 1:14pm
      Jimbo81 said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

      “Dean has had a high workload, he’s played about every game,” I think he needs a bigger / permanent break from his Wallaby duties as well……..

      • April 20th 2017 @ 10:38am
        Link said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:38am | ! Report

        ^^ Checka builds his Wallaby team around Dean Mumm, that`s why we are so good..

        Dean Mumm will be first picked for the Wallabies as apparently he can play 4 5 6 with aplomb.hahaha.

    • April 19th 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Timbo (L) said | April 19th 2017 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

      It is going to be fun to watch the Kings back 3 run rings around the Tahs in broken Play. Those lads have got some serious speed and steps.
      They blew past the Force on back to back kickoffs in the second half and gave the Reds speedsters a baptism of fire.

      I hope for the Tahs sake that they recognize this and don’t give them the opportunity.

      I am also looking forward to hearing the commentators saying MmmmmmmmPeePee again.

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      April 19th 2017 @ 11:52pm
      ThugbyFan said | April 19th 2017 @ 11:52pm | ! Report

      Paul, Irae Simone got the bullet as his defence just wasn’t up to SR scratch, especially in the early games with B.Hegarty and I.Folau on either side of him. He killed them in last year’s NRC and I thought for such a big bloke (106 kg) that he would do really well. I hope they persevere with him as he runs great with the ball. The kid who has taken my eye at IC is the Reds’ Duncan Paia’aua. A lot smaller (91kg) but a fierce defender, carries the ball well and has an almighty boot for line kicks if needed.

      The Force only just got out of jail against the Kings so its no lay down misare for the Mighty NSW Tahs. The big TN could run right over the top of his opposite but alternatively the Kings wingers could run rings around him. I think coach Gibson should have TN charging into the edges of the rucks at speed. He could do some serious damage there. Also hope to see Harry Jones get a run, this guy has pace.

      Rob Horne is a pretty good defender so hopefully they won’t be streaming through the centres. Izzy’s defence alignment and read is pretty poor for such a quality centre. I see M.Wells is still getting picked in front of Jed Holloway. He hasn’t convinced me that he will take SR by storm but at least he attacks the ruck whereas for mine, Holloway’s biggest negative is he is often a ruck observer. Good to see Angus Taavao return, the piggies will look a lot stronger with Angus and once S.Kepu comes back after his 1 match holiday.

      I can only imagine the Mummy has been given a rest as most games he plays the full 80.

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        April 20th 2017 @ 9:04am
        Paul D said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

        Yeah, defence even in the NRC was not Simone’s strong suit, and I agree with you about the Reds 12. He’s really settled into that role and as much as I like Simone I’d have Duncan at the moment. Simone (and Folau for that matter) really need to learn some assertiveness in defence. Before the year began I had high hopes for the 2 as a centre pairing. Big evasive units the both of them and Simone has a good boot and pass for a 12. Defence is just not up to scratch. Even when Folau makes the tackle he’s rarely dominant.

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