Waratahs keep the faith against Chiefs


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The HSBC Waratahs have named an unchanged line-up for this Saturday’s Round 2 Super 14 clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

‘The guys who did the job last week deserve another shot against the Chiefs,’ said Head Coach Ewen McKenzie before entering hospital last night to have a kidney stone removed.

He is expected to join the team in New Zealand tomorrow.

‘I expect to join the team on Friday, but until then it’s business as usual with Todd [Louden], Les [Kiss] and Steve [Tuynman].’

Attack Coach Todd Louden will assume the Acting Head Coach role.

‘As Ewen says, it’s business as usual and knowing him as I do, he’ll be on the first plane to New Zealand,’ said Louden.

‘From a team perspective running out an unchanged line-up is good for building combinations and confidence.

‘It was a good start last week, but our plan is to build each match so we need to step up again against the Chiefs.’

Louden said the Chiefs are one of the more dangerous teams in the competition.

‘The Chiefs will be stinging from last week’s loss to the Blues, but they showed they can attack from anywhere on the park.

‘With guys like [Sitiveni] Sivivatu and [Mils] Muliaina in the backline they have the ability to score from anywhere and will keep coming at us for the full 80 minutes, so we need to be right on our game to shut them down.’

2008 Super 14 ‘ Round 2

HSBC Waratahs v Chiefs

Saturday, 23 February 2008 (7:35pm kick-off NZT; 5:35pm Kick off AEDT)
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

1. Matt Dunning

2. Adam Freier

3. Al Baxter

4. Dean Mumm

5. Dan Vickerman

6. Rocky Elsom

7. Phil Waugh [c]

8. Wycliff Palu

9. Brett Sheehan

10. Kurtley Beale

11. Lote Tuqiri

12. Tom Carter

13. Ben Jacobs

14. Timana Tahu

15. Lachie Turner

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau

17. Benn Robinson

1. Will Caldwell

2. Beau Robinson

3. Luke Burgess

4. Sam Harris

5. Alfi Mafi

23rd Man ‘ Ben Mowen




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