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Super Rugby Preview: The Waratahs

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Jan 2011 at 08:52
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The Waratahs had a really good 2010 Super 14, finishing in third place, winning 9 of their 13 league games and ultimately losing in the semi finals to the Stormers. The goal for the players is to go one better in 2011 and get into the final.

The Waratahs have one of their strongest squads in years, and will be hoping to make use of their stars to push for a home semi. The Wallabies end of year tour was rather successful for a few of the squad members, Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell in particular.

These two players, amongst a group of other senior players, will be hoping to take their form in to the Super Rugby tournament. Beale, who landed that heartbreaking penalty against South Africa in the Tri Nations, will take confidence from his improvement during the year, and will be pushing to represent Australia at the World Cup.

Drew Mitchell had a rough year, being dropped from the Tri Nations squad before lifting his game and playing his way back in. He will know that there are a lot of talented players playing for his position and will have to show some decent form in the Super Rugby Competition to secure that World Cup spot.

The Waratahs will have a great backline for this season, but let’s not forget about the talent pool they have in forwards, with Benn Robinson, Dean Mumm and Tatafu Polota-Nau forming part of a strong tight five.

The only injury concern at this stage of the season is Rob Horne, the 21 year old Wallaby centre having undergone elbow surgery in November. He is set to miss the first 2 months of Super Rugby at least.

My prediction for the Waratahs season is that they will be in direct competition with the Reds for the top Australian spot and should be in playoff contention at the end of the league phase.

Fantasy League players to note: Berrick Barnes and Kurtley Beale can both kick at goal and Drew Mitchell should be in the tries this season. In the forwards Dean Mumm is one of the best Wallaby locks.

Full Warathas Squad:

Sosene Anesi ,
Berrick Barnes ,
Al Baxter ,
Kurtley Beale ,
Luke Burgess ,
Tom Carter ,
Ryan Cross ,
Dave Dennis ,
Kane Douglas ,
Damien Fitzpatrick ,
Daniel Halangahu ,
Josh Holmes ,
Rob Horne ,
Cam Jowitt ,
Brackin Karauria-Henry ,
Sekope Kepu ,
Locky McCaffrey ,
Pat McCutcheon ,
Brendan McKibbin ,
Drew Mitchell ,
Ben Mowen ,
Dean Mumm ,
Pat O’Connor ,
Afa Pakalani ,
Wycliff Palu ,
Tatafu Polota-Nau ,
Benn Robinson ,
Paddy Ryan ,
Jeremy Tilse ,
Lachie Turner ,
Phil Waugh


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