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One change for Tahs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 19 Mar 2008 at 07:08
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Head Coach Ewen McKenzie has continued to show faith in the players who have won three of the HSBC Waratahs’ first four matches this season, by making only one change to the 22-man squad to take on the Crusaders.

NSWRU media unit reports that Scrumhalf Josh Valentine has been selected on to the bench after some impressive performances for the HSBC Junior Waratahs, and if he takes the field will bring up his 50th Super Rugby cap (38 for Queensland).

Dean Mumm’s selection in the second row is the only change to the starting XV with Will Caldwell reverting back to the bench.

“We’ve been able to keep a fairly stable line-up on the field for the first four rounds and I think established combinations are going to be important on Friday,” said McKenzie.

The Waratahs scored a pre-season victory over the Crusaders in the Rotomahana Challenge, and while McKenzie said there were some positives to take out of that encounter, the result would mean little going into Friday’s match.

“Both sides were trying out a lot of things, a lot of players in the Rotomahana match, but we still managed to overcome an early deficit to finish strongly and win the match,” said McKenzie.

“We’ve taken that strong belief and attitude into all our matches this season and played them right till the death, and we’ve come away with three victories in tight matches.

“I’ve always said you need to play the Crusaders for the full 80 minutes if you’re going to be any chance of beating them and we know we’ve got the fitness to go with them right to the end.”

The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 3 from 5:30pm (AEDT), while a full text call of the match can found on the HSBC Waratahs website at: http://www.nswrugby.com.au/FansStuff/LiveMatchCall/LiveMatchCall.aspx

Waratahs: 1. Sekope Kepu, 2. Adam Freier, 3. Matt Dunning, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. Dan Vickerman, 6. Rocky Elsom, 7. Phil Waugh [c], 8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Brett Sheehan, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Lote Tuqiri, 12. Tom Carter, 13. Ben Jacobs, 14. Alfi Mafi, 15. Lachie Turner.
Reserves: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Al Baxter, 18. Will Caldwell, 19. Beau Robinson, 20. Josh Valentine, 21. Sam Harris, 22. Rob Horne,
23rd Man – Benn Robinson


  • show faith in the players who have won three of the HSBC Waratahs’ first four matches this season

    That’s what I call flying under the radar.

    only one loss out of four matches (they had a bye last weekend) and nobody is punting these guys for Semi’s or mentioning them as a team that’ll be difficult to beat.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.08 07:10:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • time for the Tahs to step up and do themselves and Sharks a favour by taking this one… unlikely though :neutral:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.08 08:33:50 by spykerbaard Reply
    spykerbaardVodacom Cup player
  • Would really be nice if the Tahs could beat the Saders this weekend – that would be a bonus. However as the Saders are bringing in their “big guns” for this one – probably not a hope in hell!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.08 08:37:02 by Nessa Reply
    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • Tough games again this weekend … not easy to call any of them (except the Bulls) :mrgreen:

    I really think the Tahs have what it takes to beat the Saders…no-one gave us a chance last year (well the Saders did that in the end but you know what I mean)

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.08 11:03:59 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player

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