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Waratahs veteran prop Benn Robinson has revealed that the Super Rugby franchise’s problems with the scrum and and other inconsistencies started in training and have been carried into games.

Robinson also admitted that the whole Waratahs squad is not performing and the problem with the scrum is not just the front row.

In recent seasons the Waratahs scrum has been one of their strengths but a lack of consistency this season has seen them struggle.

Waratahs forwards coach Cam Blades says that a lack consistency might continue while the team’s new look pack is develops but he is convinced that it would ultimately come right and be a strong unit.

But Robinson who is the most capped Waratahs player of all time says that the whole team – and not just the front row – can improve.

“We can be better, I think that starts at training,” Robinson told AAP.

“We’ve been pretty inconsistent, both the starting pack and the pack coming off the bench.

“You can’t just put it down to the feed, the strike, the engagement, it’s a combination of things that need to be improved.

“It’s easy to say were right on the edge of doing well but were not performing at the moment and it’s not just 1-8.

“That’s the whole squad, the 30-odd players in our squad not performing at training.”

Forwards coach Blades is not focusing on the criticism of the Waratahs pack and their difficulty in the scrums but does accept that they have issues.

“The technical stuff we’ve probably been guilty of being inconsistent and that can come through guys not having experience or the group not having gelled in terms of working as one,” Blades told AAP.

The coach has called for patience pointing out that they no longer have Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu in the squad and the long term injury to Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

“They’ve gained plenty of experience early on, some of it right at the coalface and at times it’s been really challenging,” Blades said.

“But I think out of that challenge you grow and you learn and there’s been plenty of learning and plenty of development.”

“Experience isn’t just created it’s something you’ve got to earn.”

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