Scouting Report: Week 4 v Waratahs
By: Brynn O’Connor
We take a look at the NSW Waratahs ahead of Sunday afternoon’s battle for the Weary Dunlop Shield at Allianz Stadium in Sydney from 4.05pm (AEDT).
Coach: Daryl Gibson
Captain: Michael Hooper
Home Ground: Allianz Stadium
Super Rugby Champions: 1 (2014)
2017 Result: 4th Australian conference
Daryl Gibson took over as Head Coach of the Waratahs in 2016, replacing former mentor Michael Cheika, who took over the role as Wallabies head coach. The former All Black started his coaching career in 2007, as assistant coach of the Glasgow Warriors. After a year, Gibson returned to his native country of New Zealand to be an assistant coach at the Crusaders and balanced a role as assistant coach of the Maori All Blacks until 2012. Gibson then made the switch to the Waratahs and continued to be an assistant coach until 2015.
The Wallabies’ flyhalf has been in great kicking form for the Waratahs in the 2018 Super Rugby season. Sitting as the third highest scorer in Waratahs history with 502 points, Foley has converted 100% of his conversion attempts in his first three games on 2018, making him the joint-top points scorer in the Australian Conference with 23 points along with Rebels flyhalf Jack Debreczeni. The Waratahs don’t lack star power with Foley complemented by Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Michael Hooper and Nick Phipps.
The Waratahs enter Sunday’s clash with the Rebels with one win, one loss and one draw after a gruelling start to their 2018 season. The Waratahs kicked-off their campaign with a 34-27 victory over the Stormers in Sydney before they hit the road for one of the most challenging trips in Super Rugby, which saw the rack up more than 33,000kms over the last two weeks. The Waratahs second game of the season against the Sharks in Durban ended in a thrilling draw at 24-apiece, while last weekend saw them go down 38-28 to the Jaguares in Argentina. The Waratahs have returned home with a determination to bounce back on Sunday afternoon.
The Waratahs have a few familiar Rebels faces in their 2018 squad. Kurtley Beale made 14 appearances for the Rebels between 2012-2013 while halfback Nick Phipps made 47 appearances for the Rebels. Flanker Will Miller joined the Waratahs in 2018 after he player five games for the Rebels as an injury replacement player in 2017. Rebels captain Adam Coleman played one game for the Waratahs in 2013. Rebels Flanker Lopeti Timani made 19 appearances between 2013-2014, while Rebels flyhalf David Horwitz also featured for the Waratahs 27 times from 2016-2017.