Winless Waratahs protecting heads excessive

The Waratahs are refusing to enter a “darkish gap” regardless of their winless Tremendous Rugby AU season persevering with with a heavy loss to Melbourne.

The Waratahs appeared like they might be saved scoreless for the primary time ever at AAMI Park and solely the second time in Tremendous Rugby historical past earlier than two tries within the closing three minutes improved the margin to 33-14.

However they have been outclassed throughout the park by the Rebels, and their job doesn’t get any simpler with a gathering subsequent spherical with Queensland adopted by the Brumbies.

They are going to nonetheless be with out injured captain and halfback Jake Gordon (ankle) for one more few weeks.

5-eighth Will Harrison relinquished the kicking duties on account of a hip drawback however might nonetheless run freely, though he was utterly outshone by veteran Rebels quantity ten Matt To’omua.

Waratahs coach Rob Penney stated his crew have been displaying indicators of enchancment however wanted to enhance their focus, execution and urgency.

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“We’re a younger group rising and trying to get higher,” Penney stated.

“We might dwell in a darkish gap for a number of days if we let ourselves however we’ve received to bounce rapidly as we’ve received an enormous sport at house.

“We’ve received to take the learnings and apply them to the video games.

“There’s been a whole lot of good things being carried out but it surely’s simply getting that utility persistently in video games so we will get the reward.”

Sweeping adjustments are unlikely for his or her Stadium Australia conflict on Saturday with Penney saying a few of his “younger pups” on the bench weren’t prepared for a beginning position in opposition to the competitors heavyweights.

Fill-in Tahs skipper Alex Newsome stated the crew was doing all it might to show the season round.

“We simply ask our followers to stay by us as we’re a younger, inexperienced group however we’re working laborious,” Newsome stated.

“We’re beneath no illusions in regards to the enhancements we have to make to be aggressive.”


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