Burke gets opportunity at pivot

  
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28/01/2004


Matthew Burke has been given his first opportunity to impress NSW selectors at flyhalf.

The most capped Waratah of all time was chosen today to play the first two quarters of Friday's Super 12 trial against the Chiefs from New Zealand in the hotly contested pivot role.

"Tim Donnelly and Shaun Berne are both quality number tens but Matthew is new to the position and logically gets more game time on Friday," said head coach Ewen McKenzie.

"The position is far from settled and we've not put anyone in front of anyone else.

Donnelly and Berne will share quarters three and four at flyhalf.

The other contender at pivot, Lachie Mackay, will have his versatility tested after he was named to trial at inside centre and fullback.

Today, Mackay passed a fitness (corked leg) test during training at Port Macquarie, the HSBC Waratahs third stop on their Tooheys New Country Tour.

Nathan Grey has been rested from the match due to a neck strain.

The Waratahs squad is listed quarter by quarter below.

The squad will attend another zone dinner in Port Macquarie tonight then move onto Newcastle tomorrow morning.

HSBC WARATAHS SQUAD TO PLAY THE CHIEFS (NZ) AT ENERGYAUSTRALIA STADIUM, NEWCASTLE ON FRIDAY 30 JANUARY, 2004

1st Quarter

1. Gareth Hardy

2. Brendan Cannon

3. Alastair Baxter

4. Justin Harrison

5. Alister Campbell

6. Marty Wilson

7. Matt Hodgson

8. David Lyons

9. Chris Whitaker [c]

10. Matthew Burke

11. Milton Thaiday

12. Morgan Turinui

13. Cameron Shepherd

14. Scott Staniforth

15. Mat Rogers

2nd Quarter

1. Gareth Hardy

2. Brendan Cannon

3. Alastair Baxter

4. Justin Harrison

5. Alister Campbell

6. Rocky Elsom

7. Matt Hodgson

8. David Lyons

9. Chris Whitaker

10. Matthew Burke

11. Milton Thaiday

12. Morgan Turinui

13. Cameron Shepherd

14. Scott Staniforth

15. Mat Rogers

3rd Quarter

1. Matt Dunning

2. Adam Freier

3. Aaron Broughton-Rouse

4. Daniel Vickerman

5. Marty Wilson

6. Simon Kasprowicz

7. Phil Waugh [v-c]

8. Stephen Hoiles

9. Chris Whitaker

10. Tim Donnelly

11. Peter Hewat

12. Shaun Berne

13. Ben Jacobs

14. Lote Tuqiri

15. Lachie Mackay

4th Quarter

1. Matt Dunning

2. Al Manning

3. Aaron Broughton-Rouse

4. Marty Wilson

5. Simon Kasprowicz

6. Rocky Elsom

7. Phil Waugh

8. Stephen Hoiles

9. Elia Tuqiri

10. Shaun Berne

11. Cameron Shepherd

12. Lachie Mackay

13. Morgan Turinui

14. Lote Tuqiri

15. Peter Hewat

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