McKenzie refuses to look at the table & panic



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Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie is refusing to look at the Super 14 table and admits that he doesn’t know how far the Waratahs are from the top four.

The Waratahs have struggled with injuries this season and their back line which looks potent on paper has failed to fire.

McKenzie has good reason for not looking at the table as the Waratahs are in seventh place with wins three wins from five matches and need to beat the Cheetahs at the SFS on Friday night to stay in touch with the leaders.

But McKenzie says he is not about to panic despite his job being on the line and should be determined by the Waratahs final placing at the end of the Super14.

He points out the vagaries of the draw to throw up a murky picture of the likely semi-finalists this far out from the end.

“This is the first year I’ve spent no time looking at the competition table,” McKenzie told Sportal.

“I seriously haven’t looked at it – I’m actually not even sure where we’re at.”

“I know we’re in the middle somewhere and I know what we’ve got to do and we’ve got to win on the weekend.”

“But you’ve got to look at all this in the context of the competition. This will go right down to the last round.”

“A lot of the top teams haven’t had the bye yet. We’ve had the bye so we’re effectively a game behind the rest and a lot of the top teams haven’t played each other yet, so teams are going to stand still.”

The Tahs are coming off a disappointing loss to the Crusaders where they were leading in the second half and then let in 28 unanswered points losing by a final margin of 34 points to 7.

McKenzie insists his team’s effort wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard but doesn’t feel the loss makes Friday night’s game extra vital.

“They’re all important. You can’t get bogged down and get emotional about the week to week,” he said.

“We want to win every game.

“We’re going to take the same effort into this week (as we did against the Crusaders) and hopefully we can get a bit more possession and express ourselves a bit better.”

“Training’s been excellent and the players have come back well from the trip to New Zealand) and we’re looking forward to it.”



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