Waratahs Rugby Media Release
Friday June 28, 2013
Every week throughout the 2013 Super Rugby season, HSBC Waratahs’ captain Dave Dennis will write a weekly www.waratahs.com.au column to keep members and fans up to date on their team.
In this week’s episode, Dave reflects on the brutal first Test and congratulates two of his team mates on the opposite ends of the experience spectrum.
After a bruising first Test match, Sunday saw the team travel down to Melbourne. The injury toll was a reflection of the intensity and physicality throughout the match and it was extremely unfortunate for the boys out on the field to lose a number of key players in the backline.
Although this limited what was possible in attack, I thought the boys worked extremely hard to stay in the match, with Hoops demonstrating his versatility by playing the last 30 minutes at inside centre.
One of the highlights of the night was big Izzy’s incredible debut which saw him score two great tries and run over 150 metres with the ball in hand. Congrats to Izzy on his first cap, as well as Ben Mowen and Christian Lealiifano. I also felt Wycliff had a great game, working hard throughout the whole 80 minutes. It’s great to see him back fit and enjoying himself.
After the disappointment of letting the first Test slip, the squad has been straight back into preparation for the second Test, one in which we need to win to keep the series alive.
Unfortunately I have missed out on selection again this week but I will be doing everything to help the boys with their preparation.
The weekend also saw another round of Shute Shield played out in wet conditions across Sydney. I’m hearing that the standard each week has been fantastic and all the Tahs’ boys have been enjoying their time back with their clubs.
Finally some great news this week with the much loved Robbo signing for another three years with the club. He has been an integral part of the NSW Waratahs for the past decade and it’s great to have him around for longer to help contribute to the growth of the club.
Enjoy your rugby this weekend and, once again, Go the Wallabies!