Tuqiri wants quality not quantity



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Waratahs winger Lote Tuqiri who has been somewhat under-utilised says it’s the quality of ball as a pose to the quantity of ball that is restricting the Waratahs’ backs from firing.

The Waratahs have a potent backline on paper but it has failed to fire despite them possessing the likes of Tuqiri and Lachlan Turner. Kurtley Beale at fly-half also promises much but has failed to take control of a game yet.

In total the Tahs have scored just 83 points this season which makes them the second-worst attacking side in the Super 14.Adding to their woes is that in five matches they have yet to secure a bonus point for scoring four or more tries.

Tuqiri however refuses to blame a lack of possession for the misfiring backline.

“I can’t complain about a lack of ball. We’re playing a certain style and you’ve got to try and stick with that,” Tuqiri told Sportal.

“We are getting the ball but just using it better is the main thing.”

“We need to get players around and going forward rather than getting back-foot ball a lot of the time.”

“If we rectify that then I think we’ll be right.”

Tuqiri continues to believe the Tahs can make an impression this season eevn though they have slipped to seventh on the table.

“There’s always a bit of a logjam between five and nine on the competition table in the Super 14 and we’re in there in that mix,” he pointed out.

“If we can get out of that and break out and get up high I think we can do something.”

“We’ve got to go out there and win a few games and pick up some bonus points along the way.”

“It’s not panic stations just yet. We’ve got to try and stay positive and play positive footy and use the players that we do have in the team really well.”




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