Tah Town spurs Waratahs convincing win over the Brumbies


By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit

The Waratahs have kicked off 2017 in style with a stunning 53-7 win over the Brumbies in Mudgee over the weekend.

The town of Mudgee became ‘Tah Town’ over the weekend, with fans and businesses painting the town blue to support their team.

The convincing win capped off a successful week long regional NSW tour for the Tahs, after team camp in Lake Burrendong as well as coaching clinics and school visits in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee.

Head Coach Daryl Gibson said while it’s early days for the team, the solid win is a good indication of how the team is preparing.

“We’ve had an excellent time here in the region, we had a week in camp and then coming here (Mudgee) and having a good performance is really pleasing.

“We still have a few rusty areas we need to improve on but overall we will walk away pretty happy with what we got out of the game.

“The number of young faces is really pleasing to see and particularly against an excellent opposition and a quality side the Brumbies put forward.

“It makes us knows we have squad that can compete. We have that young, enthusiastic energy about us and I really like that.

“We want to play a fast up-tempo game particularly at trial time where we want to test our skills. I thought we got there, we got the ball to the edges, got the ball to space and did well.

“Our country players in particular really enjoyed coming here and playing in front of their supporters and coming back to where it all began for them.

“We want to get out and make sure we connect with all of the State and that we truly represent from the bush to the beach,” said Gibson.

Gibson had opted for youth over experience for the first trial game, with Jack Dempsey stepping up into the role as Captain.

“I was really happy with the result. At the end of the day it is a trial, we had a lot of chopping and changing which can cause problems but I couldn’t fault the boys with that

“Everyone coming off the bench or starting knew their roles perfectly and we just executed.

“We have changed a lot of things from last year in terms of what fitness we’re looking for - we took out a lot of that set up and down running and we replaced it with rugby fitness,” he said.

The team arrived in Mudgee and couldn’t help to feel proud of the support they received as the drove past the town banners ‘welcome to Tah Town.’

“I thought it was pretty amazing and the atmosphere Mudgee has put on is a huge credit to them.

“I have never been out here before and you roll in to town and the city centre is just pumping and there are decorations everywhere.

“We are not only representing the city we are representing everyone in New South Wales,” said Dempsey.

While the more experienced Tah players didn’t feature in the game, the local fans weren’t left wanting. Well known players started the day cooking breakfast at a young fans’ house, playing a game with the local rugby team, visiting and thanking all the businesses who “turned blue” as well as meet and greets along the way.

Saturday morning a group of local Mudgee Wombat junior rugby clubs members were surprised at home by Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Skelton, Rob Horne and Jed Halloway. The Tahs cooked the youngsters breakfast and then took the young guys to play a game of rugby at their home oval with all their other club mates.

The Waratahs now head to Brisbane Global Tens this weekend and will cap off the pre-season games against the Highlanders at Brookvale Oval next Thursday 6 February 2017.

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Reece Robinson 2, Jack Dempsey, Jake Gordon, Bryce Hegarty, Andrew Kellaway, Matt Lucas, Irae Simone, Tolu Latu tries; Bryce Hegarty 2, Andrew Deegan, Matt Lucas conversions
Tomas Cubelli, Josh Mann-Rea, Tom Banks tries; Wharanui Hawera conversion






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