Foley brings in fresh blood

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 Mar 2012 at 08:43
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Waratahs coach Michael Foley has rejigged his side for Saturday’s game against the Sharks, after their shock loss against the Force in round 4. Out go last week’s halfbacks, Sarel Pretorius and captain Daniel Halangahu, both of whom will play off the bench.

Loose head prop Benn Robinson has been named skipper for the first time, with Berrick Barnes moving from inside centre to flyhalf. Brendan McKibbin comes in for Pretorius to start at 9 for the first time in his career. With Halangahu benched and Barnes still feeling the effects of a quad injury, it is likely that McKibbin will take the shots at goal, one of the reasons for his elevations head of Pretorius.

Tom Carter starts at inside centre, with Wycliff Palu named at number 8, having recovered from his hamstring injury.

The exact make-up of the bench has yet to be confirmed.

Waratahs: Bernard Foley, Tom Kingston, Rob Horne, Tom Carter, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Brendan McKibbin, Wycliff Palu, Chris Alcock, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson (capt). Reserves: John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Lopeti Timani, Jono Jenkins, Sarel Pretorius, Daniel Halangahu, Peter Betham, Brackin Kauraria-Henry (two to be omitted)


  • The Sharks can take them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.03.12 09:14:40 by JarsonX Reply
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  • No Pretorius and no Halangahu, and seemingly no kicker at goal..

    Sharks should come close here!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.12 09:21:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Yip, we should go into this match expecting nothing less than a win!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.12 09:28:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Considering recent injuries, that Waratahs front row might give ours a bit of a working over this weekend.

    Think we just pip them in other areas though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.03.12 09:30:58 by John Galt Reply

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  • let’s not get carried away team.

    We haven’t won in Sydney since 2000. The boys seem to allow themselves to get distracted when they play there.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.03.12 09:35:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Yip, and who’s the ref? There’s a certain reffie that’s handled all our games there since I think 06.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.03.12 09:48:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : Chris Pollock, I think…

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.03.12 09:57:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • we will win this year. i have a lot of faith in our guys this year. we have a great defence and attack and can take on the tahs and win it

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.03.12 09:58:00 by jovner Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : That`s right.

    Plumtree seems impressed with the NZ refs though so maybe it`s not so bad?

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.03.12 10:08:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Thank the universe that Stuart Dickenson is retired… Should be a tough game, Benn Robinson is the sneakiest of the sneaky at the art of Aussie front row disruptive play and the Waratahs are renowned for boring opposition sides into submission… Looking to Pat to be the game breaker!

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.03.12 10:16:07 by The Quirk Reply
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