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The HSBC Waratahs have named the same side for the third straight week for their clash with the Sharks on Saturday at the Sydney Football Stadium.


The Waratahs have won their last four matches and are undefeated at home in 2008 with five victories from as many starts.


With the Waratahs sitting a solitary point behind last year’s Grand Finalists (the Sharks), the winner of this important week eleven clash will cement second place on the Super 14 table with three rounds remaining.


‘Between us we’ve only lost three matches out of 18 this year so the crowd coming out on Saturday can expect a pretty high quality match,’ said Head Coach Ewen McKenzie.


‘Obviously we’ve had a lot of rain again at the start of the week but we’re expecting it to be a dry night.’


McKenzie said that picking the same match day 22 for the third consecutive week was a welcome luxury for such an important match.


‘With the attrition rate in Super 14 it’s rare you can even consider putting the same 22 out there three weeks in a row, but we’ve been able to do it and know we have a squad of guys which are in form,’ said McKenzie.


‘That said, the Sharks have one of the most stable line-ups not just this year but also from 2007 when they went all the way to the Grand Final. They’ve only dropped four of their last 22 regular season matches so they’ve got a group of players who have been on top of their game for a long time now.


‘They’ve selected a 5-2 [forwards-backs] bench so we know they’re going to take it to us up front and we wouldn’t expect anything less.


The match will see prop Matt Dunning play his 95th match for NSW, making him the fifth highest capped Waratah of all-time.


2008 SUPER 14 ‘ WEEK 11
HSBC WARATAHS V SHARKS
Saturday, 26 April 2008 (Kick-off 7:30pm AEST)
Sydney Football Stadium
Referee: Steve Walsh (NZL)
Touch Judges: Chris Pollock (NZL) & Grant MacNeill (AUS)


HSBC WARATAHS


1. Benn Robinson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Matt Dunning*, 4. Will Caldwell, 5. Dan Vickerman, 6. Dean Mumm, 7. Phil Waugh [c], 8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Luke Burgess, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Lote Tuqiri, 12. Tom Carter, 13. Rob Horne, 14. Lachie Turner, 15. Sam Norton-Knight


Reserves: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Al Baxter , 18. David Lyons, 19. Beau Robinson, 20. Brett Sheehan, 21. Matt Carraro, 22. Alfi Mafi
* 95th NSW Cap (fifth all-time)

 

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