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Preview – Waratahs v Hurricanes

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A South African supporter will see the Waratahs the same as the Sharks, every year they looked on paper as the best bet in Australia but then you wonder if they will put that quality to good use on the field.

The Tahs start their season at home against the Hurricanes and we expect a huge clash between these two teams.

With the Hurricanes playing such a free running game punishing you on your mistakes you do expect a high scoring match.

The Waratahs biggest problem over the last few season has been the fact that they look like champions the one week and the next week you wonder what the hell are they doing in this competition.

When you look at the Tahs team for this weekend you see name like Folau, Ashley-Cooper, Hunt, Foley, Dempsey, Hooper, Simmons, Holloway who is all top players.

At home this team should win games even if it is against a team like the Hurricanes.

The trick against New Zealand sides are to close their space with a good defensive plan and not make any mistakes with ball in hand.

With the Hurricanes you know that they will come at you all day and with coach Plumtree you also know that they will have a plan for your attack.

There are plenty of experience in the Canes side this weekend although they missing a few names.

Peranara will lead the team while captain Coles will come off the bench.

They have the like of Jordie Barrett, Asom Proctor, Laumape and Lam in their backline which on any given day can ripped teams apart.

This battle will start upfront but it will be decided by what the back can do with the ball.

Keep on to your hats boys and girls, this one is going to be a cracker

Prediction: What to go with Hurricanes, but Waratahs at home should take this one by 6

Teams:

Waratahs: Israel Folau, Alex Newsome, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Karmichael Hunt, Curtis Rona, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (c), Ned Hanigan, Rob Simmons, Jed Holloway, Sekope Kepu, Damien Fitzpatrcik, Harry Johnson-Holmes.

Replacements: Tolu Latu, Rory O’Connor, Chris Talakai, Lachlan Swinton, Will Miller, Mitch Short, Mack Mason, Cam Clark.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Ben May, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Wes Goosen

 

 

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