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Gibson tells Waratahs to go and attack Stormers

Waratahs Super rugby head coach Daryl Gibson

Waratahs Super rugby head coach Daryl Gibson

Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has told his Super Rugby team to attack the Stormers take whatever points they can at Newlands on Saturday.

Gibson says that the team have been told to keep the scoreboard ticking in Cape Town and to keep the Stormers under pressure.

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The Stormers boast one of the best defensive records in Super Rugby, having conceded just 13 tries this season, the equal-lowest across the competition.

With that record in mind, Gibson said anything the Waratahs could do to keep the scoreboard ticking over would be worth it.

“Definitely they’ll be hard to break down,” he said. “What we have to do is get ourselves some tries. If we can keep the scoreboard ticking that’s a part of it. We will take points whenever we can get them.”

For the first time this season, the Waratahs are out of Sydney for two matches in a row, with a shot at their first consecutive wins of 2016.

Gibson said there had been a different feel around the group in their week in South Africa, coming off a victory over the Force in Perth.

“I think we’re entering a real special game for us. We need to perform well to win this game and we’re going to have to play at our very best.

“The guys are very motivated and really accepting of that challenge. They’ve had a really good attitude to our training and they were excited to get away on tour.

“With this year’s schedule we haven’t travelled a lot, it’s a good opportunity and I think we’ve got a nice stable feel. We’re focused on building that performance last weekend against the Force.”

Against a Stormers side that has added a more lethal attack to an already formidable defence, Gibson said choosing when to run the ball would be critical.

“We’re probably forced to change our game plan against the Force,” he said.

“That worked for us last week and we will look at when we make good decisions about when we run the ball. That was probably the biggest thing that came out of last wee

Dean Mumm hasn’t played blindside flanker in Super Rugby since the 2012 season, before heading to the UK at the end of that year.

Jack Dempsey suffered nerve damage to his shoulder in the win over the Force and Gibson said his recovery could be anything from a couple of days to five weeks.

Gibson said he was pleased with the form of Dave Dennis and Will Skelton in the locks last week and was aiming for as much continuity as possible in the set pieces.

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