Carraro starts, Tuqiri to fullback and Tahu on the bench for Tahs


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Matt Carraro will make his starting debut for the HSBC Waratahs on the wing in Sunday morning’s (Sydney time) epic showdown against the in-form Stormers in Cape Town.

Carraro has taken Lote Tuqiri’s wing spot while Tuqiri has been shifted to fullback and Sam Norton-Knight to the bench.

‘Matt’s been impressive for us off the bench and deserves his start at Newlands,’ said Head Coach Ewen McKenzie.

Speaking after the Waratahs fog shrouded session, Carraro was grateful for the chance to run-on in jersey eleven.

‘It was tough start to the year with injury but it’s a great reward to be starting at Newlands after putting in some hard work,’ Carraro said.

‘Although I’m on the wing the back three have been given a licence to roam and between the three of us we have wing, fullback the centres covered.’

Coach McKenzie said the backline tweaks will provide some spark for the Stormers clash.

‘Lote plays a lot at the back during most matches anyway but we might be able to get a little more thrust out of him at fullback that might threaten the Stormers defence with some extra space and more touches of the ball.’

The return of Timana Tahu will bring even more big game experience to the match day twenty-two.

‘We’ve got guys here who’ve played in Super Rugby finals over the last few years but this kind of cauldron will be new to a lot of young players in the team and having Timana play off the bench brings just that little bit more big game experience to the side,’ McKenzie said.

‘I think we’ve timed his comeback well and he’ll play a crucial role like the other 21 players on Saturday night.’

‘In the end all we’ve done is move a couple of guys around. The only new face in the match day 22 in the backs is Timana.’

McKenzie said prop Al Baxter is progressing well after copping a blow to the face at training on Tuesday and remains optimistic that he’ll be fit to play.

Rookie Dan Palmer is on standby after arriving in Cape Town last night.

2008 SUPER 14 ‘ WEEK 13
Saturday, 10 May 2008 (Kick-off 7:00pm SAST, 3:00am AEST Sunday, 11 May 2008)
Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Lyndon Bray (NZL)


1. Benn Robinson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Al Baxter, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. Dan Vickerman, 6. Rocky Elsom, 7. Phil Waugh [c]
8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Luke Burgess, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Matt Carraro*, 12. Tom Carter, 13. Rob Horne, 14. Lachie Turner, 15. Lote Tuqiri

Bench: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Sekope Kepu, 18. Will Caldwell ,19. David Lyons, 20. Brett Sheehan, 21. Sam Norton-Knight, 22. Timana Tahu

* NSW S14 run-on debut

NSW v Stormers 1996-2007

Played: 11 – Won: 5 – Lost: 6 – Drawn: 0

Points For: 276
Points Against: 257
Most Caps: 9 by Chris Whitaker (1998-2006)
Most Tries: 4 by Lote Tuqiri (2003-2007) & Morgan Turinui (2003-2007)
Most Conversions: 9 by Matt Burke (1996-2004)
Most Penalty Goals: 13 by Matt Burke (1996-2004)
Most Drop Goals: 1 by Manuel Edmonds (1998-2001) & Nathan Grey (1998-2005)
Most Points: 67 by Matt Burke (1996-2004)
Most Individual Points In A Match: 20 by Matt Burke (try, 3goals, 3pen.goals), Newlands, 1996
Highest Score: 35 at SFS, 2001
Biggest Win: 35-7 at SFS, 2001
Biggest Loss: 18-28 at SFS, 1999
29-39 at SFS, 2003

* 1996 Western Province

1998-1999 Western Stormers (Super 12)
2000-2007 The Stormers (Super 12/14)
NB The Stormers were not part of the 1997 Super 12



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