Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Waratahs Seeking Some Redemption

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Waratahs Seeking Some Redemption

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Byline: DARREN WALTON and JAMES DAMPNEY of AAP

GAME DAY

WARATAHS v CHEETAHS

Tonight at Sydney Football Stadium, 6.40pm

SUPER 15: After a fortnight of stewing, the NSW Waratahs are stinging for the chance to get their Super Rugby campaign back on track against the lowly Cheetahs tonight.

The Waratahs' scintillating start to the season, when they racked up 11 tries in their opening two games, was banished to the archives after the Crusaders spanked them in Nelson last outing.

Tails between their legs, the Waratahs returned home looking for redemption but have had to bide their time while enduring a fourth-round bye.

C[pounds sterling]It's never nice having a break after a loss,C[yen] stand-in captain Dean Mumm said yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]But it's been perfect for us to really get in there and work on what we needed to work on.

C[pounds sterling]We've worked very hard, particularly as a forward pack, quite physically as well.

C[pounds sterling]So it hasn't been so much of a break as much as a time to re-focus and consider what we need to bring into this game against the Cheetahs.C[yen]

NSW coach Chris Hickey said the Waratahs were desperate to atone.

C[pounds sterling]Off the back of the Crusaders game, the players were disappointed in a number of areas of our game,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]We had a bye Co we couldn't do anything about that Co so this is our first opportunity to rectify some of those problems.

C[pounds sterling]That serves to motivate the players highly.C[yen]

The last-placed Cheetahs are winless this season and chasing their breakthrough Super victory in Australasia, but Hickey hoped the Waratahs' capitulation against the Crusaders would have eliminated any sense of complacency.

C[pounds sterling]We don't underestimate the Cheetahs at all,C[yen] he said. …

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