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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
Ahead of tomorrow night’s clash against the Southern Kings, NSW Waratahs captain Michael Hooper summed up the feeling within the squad.
“(We are) feeling really good, a lot of energy coming into camp”, said Hooper. “We are pumped to play.
“It sucks when you’re sitting at home on the weekend watching everyone else have a crack… we are really excited about playing the Kings tomorrow night.”
Coming out of a bye week, the squad are rearing to get back out on the field under the lights of Allianz Stadium.
“It was a tough seven game slog with a trip to Africa in there and obviously results not going our way there”, said Hooper. “To get away, recharge and refuel the enthusiasm and keenness of guys to come and rip in has been terrific.
“Time away from footy can be a really helpful thing and the bye was placed very nicely for us.”
The NSW Waratahs last played the Kings at Port Elizabeth back in 2013, where NSW defeated the home side 72-10.
“(There was) really good intent from guys carrying the ball in that game”, reflected Hooper.
Thinking ahead to Friday night, the NSW captain is conscious of the dangers the visiting team brings to the table.
“Last week they put three tries in 10 or 12 minutes (against the Queensland Reds)”, Hooper highlighted.
“We are fully aware of their threats that they bring and they bring them for 80 minutes. They are a team that’s got nothing to lose.”
Above all else, Hooper knows what his side need to do to keep the Kings under wraps.
“We want to have a tough start tomorrow, we know it will put the Kings under pressure and make them start playing that loose, more risky style of rugby”, said the captain.
“They play a wide game of attack and defence so it leaves potential to attack through the middle.”
“We’ve got to make a run for it to be a real threat in the competition. It’s really time for us to start kicking into gear.”
The NSW Waratahs take on the Southern Kings tomorrow night (Friday, April 21st) at Allianz Stadium for a 7:40PM (AEST) kick off.
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