Win puts 2007 season to bed : McKenzie


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Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie says that they have put their horror season in 2007 to bed by beating the 2006 finalists the Hurricanes by 20 point to 3.

In 2007 the Waratahs had a shocker of a year and seemingly forgot how to score tries. Lachlan Turner scored what was probably their most exciting try of the year and what made it more special was that it was against the Crusaders.

Turner again featured in the Tah’s opener scoring two tries for the home side as they try to get the crowds back into Sydney Football Stadium after last year’s borefests.

“There was plenty riding on the game for us in terms of the crowd and getting back into a winning habit in the competition,” McKenzie told AAP.

“I think that anxiety was there so I think the fact that we won the game means that we can move on and really just start focusing on 2008 and hopefully stop answering so many questions about 2007.”

McKenzie is also predicting that now that they have opened on with a win they will be able to relax a bit more and start opening up and playing the game they want to.

“We’ve got plenty of capacity to play better in different ways,” he said.

“We pitched a strategy for that game, we were playing against a team that was averaging 35 points a game in trial games so … I think we pitched the right strategy.

“But we know we can play otherwise.”

The Waratahs do however a tough assignment for this week as they head for Hamilton where they have not won since 2002.

The Chiefs will have a psychological advantage of never having lost to the Waratahs in the Super 14 (in 2006 they lost 37-33 and in 2007 they lost 23-28).



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