VIDEO: 'Tahs target Lions' scalp

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:55

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: The Lions are a totally different beast, Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson admitted after his side's Super Rugby win over the Reds.

The Waratahs secured a 37-16 bonus-point win over the Reds in the Australian interstate derby.

The win puts the 'Tahs at the top of the Australian derby - overtaking the Rebels, who lost to the Jaguares.

Thus far the New South Wales side have beaten all their Australian conference rivals and are currently on a four-match winning streak.

However, the Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has warned his side not to let the wins over Australians rivals overshadow their focus and preparations for last year's Super Rugby finalist the Lions.

"Facing the Lions is going to be completely different," Gibson told reported after the match.  

"It's going to require a different approach to win the game. They have strength in different areas,"

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper shared the coach's sentiments and acknowledged is going to be a massive challenge.   

"I am excited to face the Lions at home," Hooper said, adding: "They are a good team. They got big guys and they're able to move the ball around.

"I expect a huge challenge from the best South African team.

"Think with a short turn-around we have to get our stuff right," Hooper added.

The Waratahs outscored the Reds four tries to one. Waratahs wing Taqele Naiyaravoro lit up the Sydney Cricket Ground as he scored two tries, while scrumhalf Jake Gordon and replacement Harry Johnson-Holmes added their names to the scoresheet.

"We’re really chasing that 80-minute performance," Gibson said, adding: "We felt at times we lacked that ball control that we've been striving for and also that ball control that leads to pressure on ourselves.  

"Our bench has been amazing this year,"

In terms of injuries, Rob Simmons (sternum) and Will Miller (shoulder) are cleared of any serious injuries, while Michael Wells (shoulder) could miss the clash against the Lions this Saturday.


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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
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Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
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Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
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Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
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Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
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Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14