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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
What can we take away from Saturday night against the Auckland side?
After a poor start to the game, we managed to get our game together in the second half which was pleasing. Off the back of some really good strong carrying and some good skill execution, we looked like the team we can be in the second half.
What do you think is behind our slow starts?
That’s the million dollar question at the moment. There’s been too many of them to be a coincidence so it is something we are really investigating into this bye week. Whether it’s to do with our warm up, our mental prep or the way we run our week – we will leave no stone unturned in trying to solve that problem.
What are the team getting up to this week?
The players get the first part of the week off to rest and recuperate and the coaching staff are doing our normal review and planning for this next three week block. We will come together at the end of this week to start our training for the Rebels game.
What can we expect of the Melbourne Rebels next Sunday afternoon?
I think their forwards will receive a boost from the return of Lopeti Timani and potentially Sean McMahon. When we played them down there in Melbourne they played some great rugby in the first half, so we will be wary of the threats they possess and hopefully we’ll get our first half sorted and get some flow through our game.
What opportunities do the Rebels present to the Tahs?
For us, the opportunity will be to get our game going right from the first whistle, which we will want to do in front of our home fans next Sunday week. When we do get on that roll, we are a hard side to stop. The key for us is to get back to playing the Waratah Way, similar to what we displayed in the second half against the Blues.
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The New South Wales Rugby Union is mourning the loss of former Waratah and Wallaby backrower Denis O’Callaghan, who passed away earlier this week.