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Waratahs aiming for two bonus points wins


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Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau says that Sydney based Super Rugby franchise will be playing for bonus point wins in their last two matches.

The Waratahs will finish the regular Super Rugby season with matches against the Hurricanes in Sydney and the Blues in Auckland and ideally they need big wins from both.

The Brumbies lead the Australian Super Rugby conference on number of wins but they are level with the Waratahs on 39 points. The Brumbies play the Blues this weekend and finish with a match against the Force at home.

In the final round the the Waratahs play the Blues before the Brumbies so the Canberra side will know how much they need to beat the Force by to qualify.

“We (will) come out trying to get the maximum 10 points but in saying that we want to make sure we do the jersey proud,” Polota-Nau said.

“We come in with a goal of getting the full five points but at the end of the day if it doesn’t pan out then so be it and we just have to make sure that we can follow that up the week after against the Blues.”

Polota-Nau has had to step up for the Waratahs after the premature retirement of Benn Robinson but since then the hooker says he is playing every game like it’s his last as he could suffer the same fate.

“I try and prepare as if it’s my last game because with the hurtful memory of a great teammate of mine in Benn Robinson, you never know when it can end,” Polota-Nau told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“He’s got an aura when he comes around the Tahs because everyone loves hanging around him. I’m not too sure if it’s because of his wisdom around his belly, it’s more so the fact that he doesn’t need to speak. ”

“He just does all of his stuff through action. It’s the type of guy you want to be playing by your side. We made our debut together, it’s a shame we can’t see the whole season through. I’m sure we’ll go to the same lovely restaurants that we do. If he shouts that is.”

Polota-Nau revealed how the Waratahs “line in the sand” before the Western Force game in April as they wanted to get back to their own brand of rugby and since then they have won six matches from seven.

“We know what’s on the line but I think the most important thing for us is not to let the blue jersey down,” Polota-Nau said.

“It’s more so the attitude and the character that we show.”

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  1. BK

    5th July 2016 at 3:04 pm

    The Waratahs don’t have to care about gaining bonus points right now.
    All they have to do is simple: beat both the ‘Canes and the Blues.

    8 competition points for 2 wins is all the Waratahs need to make it through to the play-offs because NSW, who currently have 39 points, will move up to 47 points with 2 wins.
    Meanwhile, the Hurricanes face NSW themselves and the Crusaders in their last 2 matches.
    Should the Hurricanes go down to the ‘Tahs as planned, then it’s very likely that they will also go down to the mighty Crusaders in Christchurch in their final round robin.
    In that case, the Canes (having 44 points at the moment) can only move up to 46 at best (2 losing bonus points in their last two games) and they will be one point short of the Waratahs (47 should they win both of their remaining games).

    Therefore in summary, the Waratahs have their destiny in their own hands to make the play-offs; simply win both of their remaining games not having to care about the bonus point.
    The Crusaders will also help them by beating the Hurricanes in the last round robin.

  2. Alex M

    6th July 2016 at 9:34 am

    What is the point of this calculation?
    All NZ teams can beat the Waratahs anywhere.

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