Bad to worse for Waratahs



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    The NSW Waratahs were booed off Allianz Stadium after slumping to a humiliating 26-24 home loss to Super Rugby’s hapless Kings.

    Plumbing new depths, the Waratahs lamely surrendered a 17-0 lead with a listless display in front of exasperated fans on Friday night.

    The Kings are the competition’s dead men walking, consigned to the scrapheap in 2018 as part of SANZAAR’s restructuring to 15-teams after managing just three wins in the past season and a half.

    But the South Africans may well have sounded the death knell on the Waratahs’ finals hopes after reversing a record 72-10 loss to NSW in the two sides’ only previous meeting, in Port Elizabeth four years ago.

    “It was a pretty embarrassing performance from us,” Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said.

    “There was a lot of talk, not much action … It’s going to be a tough weekend.”

    Hooper laid the blame squarely on the NSW forwards and admitted the Tahs were suffering a crisis of confidence.

    “There are scrum errors, lineout errors and then there is just handling – where does it stop?” the skipper said.

    “It is probably just us not being confident at the moment.

    “So it is probably a mental thing coming in to the game at the moment and it is tough to put my finger on what it is right now.”

    Looking to cash in on the Brumbies’ heavy loss to the Hurricanes earlier on Friday night in Napier, the Waratahs looked on track for a desperately needed bonus-point win after opening up a sizeable lead with three first-half tries.

    But the Kings had other ideas, racking up 26 points to clinch a memorable first win on Australasian soil before the Waratahs grabbed an after-the-siren bonus point with a consolation try to Taqele Naiyaravoro.

    Powerhouse winger Naiyaravoro had opened the scoring with the first try of the night after Israel Folau tapped back a clever cross-field kick from Bernard Foley.

    When winger Rob Horne and fullback Cam Clark both followed up with 99-metre tries, Waratahs fans could not have imagined such a collapse.

    The depressing defeat leaves the Waratahs languishing eight points adrift of the Brumbies on the Australian conference ladder ahead of next Saturday’s must-win derby with the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

    Coach Daryl Gibson is taking full accountability of the Waratahs’ woes and is bracing for the inevitable questioning of his position.

    “That is the team not at its best and that is my responsibility – every time they go out there is for them to be at their best,” he said.

    “Every time the team goes out there, of course I feel the pressure. We all feel the pressure.

    “With the team in the situation that it is in, those questions are going to be asked. I am going to cop it. Those decisions are beyond my control.”

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    • April 22nd 2017 @ 4:23am
      AndyS said | April 22nd 2017 @ 4:23am | ! Report

      Never mind lads; no harm, no foul, no consequences…

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 9:17am
        Campbell Watts said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

        And here’s your wallabies jerseys……

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 4:56am
      Jock Cornet said | April 22nd 2017 @ 4:56am | ! Report

      I’d laugh to see how much these professionals get paid to not turn up.

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 6:03am
      Hype said | April 22nd 2017 @ 6:03am | ! Report

      Just blame the coach and collect your guaranteed yellow jumper on the way out.

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 6:51am
      DavSA said | April 22nd 2017 @ 6:51am | ! Report

      What’s going on with the Waratahs . We all know that quality of player wise they are light years ahead of the Kings , but the real difference between the sides was …..the heart … Yes the Kings were simply more hungry. Is there change room issues with the Tahs …. Just asking

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 9:15am
        ScottD said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        The Kings have impressed in their Australian games. They look to me like a bunch of guys who love rugby and love playing together. The Waratahs look the opposite.

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        April 22nd 2017 @ 9:49am
        Timbo (L) said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

        I challenge your postulation that the Tah’s player quality is high,
        I watched both the reds and the Force go close to the wire with the kings. The Kings were a tight unit and made some fantastic breakout plays to rack up a lot of tries.
        Last night they looked tired and made a lot of unforced handling errors, They were far from at their best. And they still beat the Tah’s.
        The Tah’s are a Polished turd. They need to stop spending their salary cap on overrated, under performing prestige players and invest in some new blood.
        I can’t believe that guys like Figg didn’t get a contract after his stand-out performances in the NRC. He is not alone

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 12:07pm
        ClarkeG said | April 22nd 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        ” We all know that quality of player wise they are light years ahead of the Kings ” you said.

        Really? Light years?

        Appears to me that there is a whole bunch of players in that Kings team that are of similar quality to many of the Waratahs players.

        Teams that are light years behind another side in quality of skills don’t survive on heart alone.

      • April 23rd 2017 @ 12:17am
        Bfc said | April 23rd 2017 @ 12:17am | ! Report

        Are the TAHS players really “light years ahead of the Kings.”? Not on this evidence…the Kings have scored a lot of tries in their 3 matches in Oz, and the TAHs two tries in this game came pretty much against ‘the run of play’…
        Still cannot fathom how Mumm and Skelton got an ARU top up contract…

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 8:24am
      pillga said | April 22nd 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

      The Tahs have first look at and first pick of all Sydney Juniors but continually let more talented players go to other states (it seems if you don’t play for Sydney Uni you will never play for the waratahs) ,it has the biggest corporate market in Australia but in my memory has had to be bailed out twice by the ARU, it has the biggest population base of over 4m yet can only get 0.003%(12000) of them to a game
      The players play with so little passion that it looks like they are trying to remain injury free so as to get their almost guaranteed Wallaby selection
      The only thing consistent about the waratahs is their continued under achievement in super rugby since its inception last nights game was just another example of this, why are we all so surprised!!
      Can anyone tell me why their future should be guaranteed yet the the Force and Rebels have to justify theirs

      • Roar Guru

        April 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am
        Timbo (L) said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

        Matt Philip, Billy Meeks Rising stars for both the force and potential future Wallabies.
        Exiled from NSW because nobody over there could spot their talent,

        The Force make do with a limited local talent pool and scarps left behind by the Tahs and the Reds.
        The cream get Poached by sides like the Brumbies that drive themselves into bankruptcy to buy a competitive side.

        TPN was an OK Hooker for the Tahs, With what I can only assume is good coaching and positive team dynamics he has stepped up his game.

        • April 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am
          Jock Cornet said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

          Agree if you don’t go to Sydney uni you will find it near impossible to play for the tahs. It is the last rugby nursery. Go from school to Sydney uni to tahs. That is the only ARU pathways.

        • April 22nd 2017 @ 10:25am
          concerned supporter said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report


          Add Reece Hodge and a bloke you have probably not seen Jack Maddocks, Melb Rebels, and Aust. U 20 Full Back

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 11:42am
        William Tell said | April 22nd 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        Ity used to be if you didn’t play for bloody Raaaandwick you didn’t get to play for the Tahs or the Wallabies.
        How sweet it is….

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 8:27am
      Targa said | April 22nd 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      I’m calling it now – with the changes to Super Rugby from next year the Sunwolves are going to win the Aussie conference in 2018 and there will be no Australian teams in the 2018 playoffs. That would be a great boost to rugby in Japan ahead of the next world cup.

      It is ridiculous that an Australian team will not only get to make the playoffs this year, but also host a quarterfinal. Meanwhile much much much better teams such as the Blues/HIghlanders and Jaguares/Sharks will probably miss the playoffs and only quarterfinal will be held in NZ.

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 9:23am
        Madrid john said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        As humiliating as this situation is for us Aussie rugby fans, i’d be curious to know how the players feel. They’d have to feel like utter frauds hosting the Chiefs in a knock out final when they have a dozen fewer points on the ladder. Absurd

        • April 22nd 2017 @ 11:02am
          taylorman said | April 22nd 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

          Happened last year, they’re used to it.

      • Roar Guru

        April 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am
        Timbo (L) said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

        They are sure to have 2 or 3 former force or rebels players to help them out.