Tahs side named

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 3 Mar 2010 at 10:51
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Waratahs coach Chris Hickey has named his team for what is, quite bizarrely, their opening home game of the 2010 season. Having lost twice in South Africa, the Sydneysiders will look to arrest the slide when they face he struggling Sharks on Saturday morning.

If the Sharks were banking on the highly-rated Tahs front row being weakened, that hope has now been dashed with the news that powerful hooker Tatafu Polotu-Nau has been cleared to start. Together with props Al Baxter and Benn Robinson, Polotu-Nau gave the Sharks all-Bok front row a real working over in Durban last year and John Plumtree will need to have a good think about how he plans to counter them.

Dean Mumm, back from a two-week suspension, starts in the second row, with Dave Dennis moving to the flank. Ben Mowen loses his place this week and will have to be content with a run off the bench. Phil Waugh and Cliffie Palu form the balance of an impressive loose trio.

It’s in the backs that the Waratahs really look to have the measure of their opponents, though, having named an unchanged combination featuring the likes of Drew Mitchell, Berrick Barnes and the dangerous Lachie Turner.

WARATAHS: 15 Sosene Anesi; 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Tom Carter, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell; 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Luke Burgess; 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (capt), 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.

Reserves: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 Ben Mowen, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Kurtley Beale, 22 Rob Horne.


  • This is always a fixture that i dont look forward to! The tahs over the last couple of years have manhandled the Sharks in every department! But hey where there is a will there is a way, may the Sharks somehow find the way to the tryline!

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.10 10:56:21 by Miguel Reply
    MiguelUnder 21 player
  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.10 11:17:12 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • Eish, good team and they’ve had our nuts in a grinder for many a year now. Anyway, i gotta back my team!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.10 11:21:08 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch SharkSuper Rugby player
  • Can someone confirm if Reece Edwards is in fact on tour with the team or not?

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.10 11:55:58 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • When is the Sharks team announcement?? :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.10 11:56:21 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • I must say that the Tahs looked really dangerous against the Bulls. I saw the match live against the Stormers and they didn`t impress me too much, in fact I predicted the Bulls will put 50 on them easily.

    Was I wrong! I`m still convinced if they had an overseas ref the `Tahs could have pulled off an upset in Snor City.

    So now they return home. They`ll be very dangerous . . .

    Will be a tough one for the Sharks. Don`t know who the ref will be yet, but if it`s not Mark Lawrence we`re in trouble me thinks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.10 13:33:21 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • This weekend is also the brumbies’ first home game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.10 16:20:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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