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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
Ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with the Auckland-based side the Blues, NSW Waratahs Captain Michael Hooper has assured his side is ready to turn up tomorrow night after last week’s thrilling victory over the Reds.
“I’ve been really confident with how we’ve turned up”, said Hooper. “You ride a bit of the wave after those wins, you get such good highs out of that. Then you’ve got to come back to reality and come back to what got you there in the first place so we’ve had to do that.
“This week (we are) back home and that’s put us in good stead. Guys are feeling good, guys are starting to really, physically, feel happy and are mentally ready to go tomorrow.”
With the side returning to Allianz Stadium, Hooper and the New South Welshmen know what opportunities present themselves in Round 11.
“It’s a chance to go back to back for wins here which is probably the biggest thing we need to do… and against two very different teams”, Hooper said.
“What we can do is try more of last week against these guys and be excited about playing a Kiwi team because it allows for a really good brand of rugby for the fans to watch and for us to play.”
The Blues’ win over the Brumbies last week presented a number of key points to tomorrow night’s matchup.
“They want to play across the whole field, (have) got good players in attack and defence; your Sonny’s (Bill Williams), (Augustine) Pulu in at nine”, Michael Hooper explained.
“Really good all over the park, so I’m excited to see what they bring but looking forward to that challenge.
“We know the Blues are going to play a lot with the ball so to be able to turn that over is going to be really important for us to light up our attack.”
The NSW Waratahs take on the Blues tomorrow night (May 6) at 7:40PM AEST, with gates open from 5:30PM. Haven’t got a ticket yet? Get yours NOW: www.waratahs.com.au/tickets
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