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Tahs frontrow tipped for epic battle

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 4 May 2009 at 08:12
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The much-vaunted Waratahs front row will face arguably their biggest test of the season against the Sharks in Saturday’s penultimate round of the Super 14.

The Sharks won the battle of the front rows in a tight 23-15 win over the Highlanders in Durban on Saturday, and the contest between the Sharks and NSW trios should be just as enthralling.

The Sharks’ front line of loose-head prop Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bismarck du Plessis and tighthead prop John Smit will take on NSW’s formidable trio of Benn Robinson, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Al Baxter.

Rupert Guinness writes for Rugbyheaven Aus from Durban that Cheetahs coach and two-time Springboks World Cup hooker Naka Drotske dubbed Robinson “under-rated” after his side lost to NSW on Friday: “In the competition so far, he gave all the other teams trouble.”

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey concurred. “Benn has basically played 80 minutes every game. He’s been pretty dominant,” he said. “[With] him, [hooker] Tatafu Polota-Nau and [tighthead] Al Baxter, we have a very strong front row. If you have that, there is a lot you can build around.”

Hickey believes the battle for possession at the set-piece will be tight on Saturday – especially in the scrum. “They are a big physical side who play pretty direct. They certainly put pressure on the Highlanders in the scrum. So that will be an area of strength for them,” he said.

But he is wary of their backs too: “They have a pack that will get them plenty up front, and some pretty good backs who will take advantage of that possession.”

Hickey took note of how the Highlanders failed to seize opportunities in the second half against the Sharks.

The Waratahs, too, have wasted chances – letting three tries slip in the first half against the Cheetahs.

“With 20 minutes to go, the Highlanders just needed to get a score, and I thought they could have won the game. They just didn’t take their chances,” Hickey said.

But the NSW coach was taken back by the aggression of Sharks half-back Rory Kockott who was red-carded at the 76th minute for striking Highlanders No.6 Adam Thomson. He is likely to be summoned to appear before a SANZAR judiciary for the offence.

Meanwhile, three Waratah players will undergo scans in Durban – Lote Tuqiri on his hurt knee that sidelined him at the 30th minute against the Cheetahs, Sam Norton-Knight (back) and hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau (ankle).


  • this game will depend on the referee. jonker was poor on saturday as he allowed waugh and mumm to seal off the ball all game, if we have a ref like that on saturday, i don’t see us beating the tahs. the tahs cheat, and if you don’t protect the ball carrier you won’t have a chance.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.05.09 08:16:19 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 1) :

    Stuart Dickinson is reffing the game.


  • Comment 2, posted at 04.05.09 08:22:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Oh and before i forget.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our “Prof. Ice, ional” blogger.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.05.09 08:36:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : mmmm, he let the waratahs win 2 games already this year. Well sharks will have to protect the ball carrier, cannot expect favours from the ref.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.05.09 08:46:15 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 4) :

    You missed the “Wrrrrrrrrrrrrr” at the end of the post. 😛

    I was busy practicing my fishing. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.05.09 09:10:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : yeah but it was worth a comment if it was true. if not then “het jou!” to me. :mrgreen: is he really reffing?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.05.09 09:15:55 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 6) :

    I have no idea. I think the refs will be announced to day or tomorrow.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.05.09 09:22:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Thanks…and with my new little toy (packard bell dot) I am gonna be even more Prof Ice Ional!!! 😆 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.05.09 09:29:42 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 8) : whats a packard bell dot little toy? sounds kinky. oh happy happy. with me2 and nessa gone does that make you granny of the site. 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.05.09 09:37:21 by try time Reply

  • oh i read packhard somehow i saw a silent/invisible h. 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.05.09 09:38:18 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : yeah i checked, it isn’t up yet. it must suck being a ref not knowing where you are going week in week out.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.05.09 09:41:34 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 9) :

    LOL!! I guess so!!! (BTW – we met up with Me2 when we were down at the coast!! – Had a lekker kuier!)

    @try time (Comment 10) :

    :mrgreen: Could work.. 😉 😳 (It’s a tiny cute little notebook or whateva you okes call these things that you can actually sit on the couch and watch rugby with…ohh – that would exclude Parrlbok…he is much too wild a rugby watcher!!)

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.05.09 09:42:46 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 12) : ha ha. does it have a vibrate function for when you get mails. then it could work. you will love getting junk mail.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.05.09 09:45:30 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 13) : 😯

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    A very happy birthday you.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.05.09 10:47:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : yes she hasn’t been back online since i posted, she is probably checking the manual to see if there is. 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.05.09 10:54:43 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 15) :
    I reckon shes gonna give you a “Rory” when you least expect it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.05.09 11:15:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.05.09 11:19:00 by Rahul Reply

  • @try time (Comment 15) : @Salmonoid (Comment 16) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I was just quickly checking the manual for perks… 😆

    Thanks Guys! 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.05.09 11:25:21 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : damn, she knows my identity, better be nice. 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.05.09 11:37:15 by try time Reply


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