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Match Preview – Waratahs v Reds

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It is not getting any easier for the struggling Waratahs side who has not been able to win one match so far in Super Rugby AU. This weekend, although at home, they will have to face the inform Reds side who sits nicely on the top of the log at the moment.

Waratahs coach Penney has made seven changes to his side for this weekend clash welcoming back two players from injury.

This is going to be another difficult weekend for the Tahs but one never say never and a win against the Reds this weekend at home may just turn things around doe snot matter how farfetched it may sound.

Izaia Perese will make his return after a three match suspension and will join Lalakai Foketi in the midfield after he made a successful return from an injury he picked ups against the Rebels.

Sam Wykes has been given a chance to start this weekend combining with Sam Caird in the second row.

With injuries to Dempsey and Swinton, Carl Tizzano and Hugh Sinclair will start on the side of the scrum with Will Harris making a return to the number 8 jumper.

Newsome will move to the wing with Ramm and Maddocks making up the back three.

Angus Bell also return from injury and he will start from the bench making his impact later in the match.

The Waratahs also have a debutant on the bench in Max Douglas for this one.

The Reds meanwhile has made four changes from their side with Ryan Smith that will make his starting debut in the second row combining with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

Seru Uru also earned a start this weekend at number eight and he will be joined by Fraser McReight and Angus Scott-Young to make up the loose trio for the Reds.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa is also back at hooker which means Mafi moves down to the bench as cover.

In the backs, Filipo Daugunu returns to the wing with Jock Campbell and Suliasi Vunivalu making up the back three.

On the bench we have Richie Asiata returning to the match-day 23 as well as Backrow Sam Wallis who will make his debut when he comes on later in the match.

The Waratahs will have to dig deep this weekend otherwise it may just be another long day at the office. The Reds is such a quality side now and after beating the Brumbies in their last outing the confidence will be high.

Your defence have to be on par against this Reds side and with there solid set pieces, there are not many weak points in this side, so all you can do as a Tahs players is doing everything 100% and do not make mistakes.

Prediction: Unfortunately we can not see the Reds loosing this one, Reds by 18

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome (captain), 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Izaia Perese, 11 James Ramm, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jack Grant, 8 Will Harris, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 5 Sam Caird, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Te Tera Faulkner, 2 David Porecki, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Jeremy Williams, 20 Max Douglas, 21 Henry Robertson, 22 Tane Edmed, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase

Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Seru Uru, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Harry Wilson, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Bryce Hegarty

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