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    Waratahs vs Kings

    Super Rugby, 21 April, 2017

    Allianz Stadium
    Fulltime - Waratahs 24, Kings 26
    Waratahs   Kings
    24 FINAL SCORE 26
    4 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
    Touch judges: Damon Murphy & James Leckie
    TMO: Ian Smith

    The Kings will finish what has been a tough tour of Australia when they take on a Waratahs side desperate for points and falling behind in their conference. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 7:45pm (AEST).

    The Tahs are fresh off the bye following a 38-28 loss to the Hurricanes on the road in Week 7.

    Having briefly fought it out with the Brumbies for top spot in the Australian Conference, the Waratahs have slipped away thanks to five losses from their last six games, leaving them sitting in second last place.

    With all the wildcards from the Australasian side of the competition all but guaranteed to be headed to New Zealand, the Waratahs will need to fight their way back to the top of the standings.

    “We can still win the Australian conference and make it through to the Finals – the season is not over yet, not by a long shot,” said Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson.

    On the other side of the park, the Kings have struggled all season as they look down the barrel of their own existence thanks to the revamped Super Rugby format for 2018.

    Despite just the one win this year, they’ve had a pair of fast finishes in the last two weeks, threatening to take down the Force and Reds with an exciting brand of rugby.

    The only other time these two met was during the King’s first stint in the competition and it wasn’t pretty.

    The Waratahs made the trip to Port Elizabeth and absolutely dominated the hapless South African side, piling on 72 points to 10.

    Team News
    Rob Horne makes his way back into the side for the Waratahs after missing the Hurricanes game with a hamstring strain.

    He will take his spot at outside centre, moving Israel Folau to fullback who in turn forces Bryce Hegarty out of the 15 jumper and onto the bench.

    Gibson has also dropped Wallaby Dean Mumm to the bench, being replaced in the run-on side by David McDuling.

    For the Kings, winger Yaw Penxe has been ruled out with a concussion, allowing Wandile Mjekevu to come into the side.

    Andisa Ntsila, Irne Herbst and Ross Geldenhuys are the other three additions to the starting side, all adding to the forward pack at No. 8, lock and tighthead respectively.

    The Waratahs really need a win to get their finals chances up and running after a tough few months.

    While the Kings have piled on the second-half points in recent weeks with some encouraging outings, however, they still haven’t mastered the 80-minute performance.

    At home, the Tahs should get the job done tonight.

    Waratahs to win by 32

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    • 1:45pm
      ThugbyFan said | 1:45pm | ! Report

      Hi Connor, you must be feeling embarrassed and whacked after being force to concentrate on that game. You deserve a VC after that one. And btw, your prediction was 34 points out. Ouch! 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      biltongbek said | 1:00pm | ! Report

      Well the Kings may bring out some of the cheesiest clichės, such as, they can’t beat time, can’t beat an egg, can’t hit their way through a wet paperbag, and everyone may expect them to be gone by end of season.

      But they beat the Tah’s, once not so long ago Super Duper Rugby Champions.

      But the likelyhood is the Kings will be here next season, and the one positive light for the Waratahs is they get the opportunity to revenge this loss. 😉

      • 5:23pm
        DaveB said | 5:23pm | ! Report

        Hi Bb

        Who do you think SARU will cut … or merge ?

        • Roar Guru

          biltongbek said | 11:52pm | ! Report

          I suspect they will try to merge the lions and bulls and drop the Cheetahs

          • 5:30pm
            likkewaan said | 5:30pm | ! Report

            Hi BB, I just can’t see that happening. The Bulls have a rich rugby history, been the only SA team to win the Super Rugby trophy. Merging the Bulls and Lions will mean and end to the Trans Jukskei rivalry/derby. I still think the Cheetahs will be culled and pulled into the Lions to form the Cats of old. I think the Kings, although a politically formed team, will be culled and pulled into the Sharks, to form the “Coastal Sharks”.

    • 11:41am
      mzilikazi said | 11:41am | ! Report

      Well done, Kings…always good to see an underdog bite someone !!

    • 9:21am
      chasbie said | 9:21am | ! Report

      I`v been watching the Tahs for 50 years, the worst coached how does Gibson Malone Blades have jobs, the worst group of players Horwitz Mumm Ryan only grade players at best and the whole squad are unfit , they must have a hopleess strenght and conditional program , all mistakes come from lack of fitness both mentally and physically, the coaches of the 20 program have never coached a bloody discrace, and I who have been a member for 15 years will never join again last night was about death the team has no pride no Anzac spirt and no ability to play rugby .Positive note Foley Clarke Phipps Gordon Hanigan Can feel proud. If Roger Davis doesn’t sack the coaches, rugby in NSW will disappear.

    • 12:35am
      Faith said | 12:35am | ! Report

      According to Lordy Lord before Tahs game: But they are lucky, they play the Kings tonight, who can’t beat time, and should never have been invited into the tournament last season.
      The Kings may not be able to beat time but they sure beat the Tahs. Thugby playing, gym-rats.

    • 12:23am
      Rory Gilleran said | 12:23am | ! Report

      This performance by the Tahs is indicative of Australian Rugby at the moment. An absolute mess!! Dropping one team will not create winning teams. Keep the Force, merge the Rebels and Brumbies, or maybe the Reds and Tahs. They are the weakest teams in OZ.

    • 11:45pm
      DaveR said | 11:45pm | ! Report

      Tha plain fact is that no Aus SR team is being trained to play 80 mins. Always “60 min then give the subs their expected run”. Time to change this thinking big time.

    • Roar Rookie

      cinque said | 11:38pm | ! Report

      Hopeless across the field of course, mostly between the ears. I would like to focus on a few players.

      Everyone on the Roar and at the Tahs knows that Paddy Ryan has never been able to scrum. Wrong shape, not strong enough, poor technique. No place in Super Rugby. Missing Kepu a big factor, not that he’s the world’s best scrummager.

      Hooper doesn’t scrum. Ben Robinson used to grab him to keep him honest. Now he’s a passenger.

      Latu has strength but not much else. Sees his main role as being second to the breakdown and using his hooker’s arms for more turnovers than penalties. That’ bonus comes way after the ability to rake and throw straight.

      Folau used to have great hands. Now he seems to have caught up with the team’s collective fumble. It’s tempting to say his mind is elsewhere but he’s not asleep. Can’t lose that great hand-eye coordination, must be taking his eye of the ball. Perhaps he’s getting gun shy.

      In 3 minutes, Foley missed a conversion, had yet another kick charged down, then dropped a kick cold. When the “iceman” melted, the team melted away.

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