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Tahs left with egg on their faces despite win.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Uncategorized on 9 Mar 2008 at 18:15
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New South Wales head into their early bye ensconced in the Super 14 top four, promising better and unashamed about a “silly” mistake which saw some damning assessments of Brumbies rivals become public.

Coach Ewen McKenzie defended the Waratahs after team plans – including notes on perceived strengths and weaknesses of individual opponents – were left pinned on a whiteboard in the post-match media room which also doubled as the Waratahs meeting room.

Jim Morton writes for Foxsport that among the weaknesses reportedly, were descriptions of some Brumbies as “soft”, “has a soft head” and “doesn’t like the physical aspect of the game”?

Even Australia players Mark Chisholm and Mark Gerrard had question marks put over them amid a youthful Brumbies outfit that fell 24-17 in the wet at Sydney Football Stadium on Friday night.

McKenzie took issue with some of the comments as reported in the Canberra Times, believing they would not have been written by NSW coaches, and denied he had anything to be red-faced or apologetic about.

“They’re certainly not inflammatory, they’re just database documents,” said McKenzie, who also denied they were strategically placed for the press to view. “They’re little tip sheets, everyone uses them.

“We normally clear the room up but obviously someone didn’t do that so I’ll sort that bit out. I’m not embarrassed about it.

“That’s one of the problems when you use your own building for stuff like that, inadvertently something was left on the wall.”

The Waratahs’ second half comeback from 17-10 down has propelled them into fourth place on the table on 13 points, behind the Sharks (17), Blues (16) and the Crusaders, who were to meet the Western Force tonight.

The unbeaten Sharks stole provisional top spot by holding on 22-17 against the Blues in Durban after jumping out of the blocks with a try in the opening 20 seconds.

NSW now have a week off before meeting the Crusaders in Christchurch where they must improve to overcome their 2005 grand final opponents.

“We’re certainly not believing that you’ve seen the best of us and we’re quite determined to play a lot better,” McKenzie said.

One area the Waratahs’ plans were on the money was in the lineout where they dominated, restricting the Brumbies to an unacceptable 60 per cent success rate from their own throws.

“We were towelled up there all night against the Waratahs and we’ve got to get better at it,” said Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher.

“They had done their homework on us and knew all our calls and basically just totally nailed us in that department.”


  • “We normally clear the room up but obviously someone didn’t do that so I’ll sort that bit out”

    Somebody is going to have his ass kicked until the next match in two weeks time. 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.08 18:17:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Speaking of egg on the face…

    “”Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” (Jono Gibbs-Chiefs)

    “I’m going to graduate from University on time, no matter how long it takes.” (Rodney So’oialo-Hurricanes)

    “You guys line up alphabetically by height.” and “You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.” (Colin Cooper, Hurricanes)

    Chris Masoe (Hurricanes) on whether he had visited the Pyramids during his visit to Egypt: “I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we went to.”

    “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.” (Colin Cooper on Paul Tito)

    Kevin Senio (Auckland), on Night Rugby vs Day Games
    “It’s basically the same, just darker.”

    David Nucifora (Auckland) talking about Troy Flavell
    “I told him, Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or
    apathy?’ He said, ‘David, I don’t know and I don’t care.’

    David Holwell (Hurricanes) when asked about the upcoming season: “I want to reach for 150 or 200 points this season, whichever comes first.”

    “Andy Ellis – the 21 year old, who turned 22 a few weeks ago” (Murray Mexted)

    “Colin has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator.” (Ma’a Nonu Hurricanes)

    “He scored that try after only 22 seconds – totally against the run of play.” (Murray Mexted)

    “We actually got the winning try three minutes from the end but then they scored.” (Phil Waugh-Waratahs)

    “I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my
    body.” (Jerry Collins-Hurricanes)

    “That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical.” (Tony Brown-Sharks)

    “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.” (Tana Umaga-Hurricanes)

    “Sure there have been injuries and deaths in rugby – but none of them serious.” (Doc Mayhew)

    “If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.” (Anton Oliver-Highlanders)

    “I would not say he (Rico Gear) is the best left winger in the Super 14, but there are none better.” (Murray Mexted)

    “I never comment on referees and I’m not going to break the
    habit of a lifetime for that prat.” (Ewan McKenzie-Waratahs

    Murray Deaker: “Have you ever thought of writing your
    autobiography?” Tana Umaga: “On what ?”

    “Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.”
    (Murray Mexted)

    “Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.” (Murray Mexted)

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.08 02:11:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • BRYCE :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.08 06:39:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “We actually got the winning try three minutes from the end but then they scored.” (Phil Waugh-Waratahs)

    Hey, John Smit could have said that after the S14 Final last year. 😳


  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.08 06:42:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • John Smit could have said that a few times in his Bok career against the AB’s too…

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.08 07:22:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • :ouch: 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.08 07:25:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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