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Gibson impressed with Waratahs new attitude

Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson has been impressed by his new team

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Article Published: Saturday 16 February 2013|

Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson says that he is impressed by the attitude that the Waratahs showed in their 16-14 loss to his former team the Crusaders.

The Waratahs might have lost the Super Rugby warm up match on home ground but they were told not to take penalty kicks at goal.

The Crusaders were playing under different instructions so Dan Carter and Tom Taylor kicked three penalties between them which went a long way to them winning the Rotomahana Cup at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Gibson started working with the Waratahs in January but was not disappointed with the loss to his old team and said that it was a good example of their new attacking doctrine.

"I'm impressed with the environment we're trying to create at the Waratahs. A lot of that attitude came out (against the Crusaders)," Gibson said.

The Waratahs needed change in their set up as they had become renowned for underachieving given the number of Wallabies in their ranks.

Under new Head coach Michael Cheika and experienced assistant Alan Gaffney and Gibson the Waratahs are trying to remodel themselves and their first priority is to end their current eight match losing streak.

"We're trying to make some significant change here. We're really got to unshackle a lot of the guys by saying 'Hey, we want you to play this way, you're allowed to play this way'. "

"Every now and then you'll make mistakes and we accept that."

Last year the Waratahs were criticized for kicking too much ball away in search of field position but Gibson says they have addressed that.

"We're a team that likes to keep the ball in hand, yet not at all costs," he told Stuff.

"The criticism of last year's team was the quality of the kicking, we've worked on that."

In order to help with their kicking they have brought in former Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Matt Burke in an advisory to work on technique and Gibson welcomed his input

The Waratahs work on defence was also evident against the Crusaders who had to settle for a solitary try.

Gibson was reluctant to talk about his exit from the Crusaders who had downgraded his job as attack coach to a defensive role.

"I have no regrets about my decision and in a strange way I'm pleased I've ended up here. I've been really impressed by Michael (Cheika)," he said.

"I'm learning a great deal from him. The team has found the right coach at the right time."

Looking ahead to this year's Super Rugby tournament Gibson did not want to predict an eighth title for the Crusaders or the Waratahs.

"It's proven be a tough competition to win. You have to be one or two in the (conference) format to win it.

"The margin between winning and losing is very slim. No one would have predicted the Chiefs would have won last year."

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