The Waratahs hope to retain a place in the top six with a win over the Hurricanes on Saturday. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au/Greg Wood/News Limited
Waratahs v Hurricanes
Saturday May 3 – 7:40 PM (AEST)
The Waratahs are probably the most inconsistent side in Super Rugby at the moment. One week they are amazing. The next they are horrible. Coach Michael Cheika would be pulling out his hair, if he had any left. Now they face red-hot Hurricanes , who are searching for a fifth consecutive win. Talk about stressful.
It is a must win match for the Tahs, if they hope to retain a place in the top six heading into next week’s bye. After a woeful display against the Blues last Friday, the hosts needed to make some changes. Wallabies No.8 Wycliff Palu returns to the starting side, with skipper Dave Dennis shifting to blindside flanker and Jacques Potgieter moving to the second row. Paddy Ryan starts at tighthead and Matt Carraro on the wing, with Sekope Kepu, Will Skelton and Cam Crawford all relegated to the bench.
The Hurricanes are coming off a thrilling win over the Reds last week. Beating QLD 35-21, they are now on top of the NZ conference. With two players set to notch up 50 games for the Wellington-based club, the visitors will have more than enough to play for. James Broadhurst and Julian Savea will achieve the milestone when they run onto Allianz on Saturday night. The only change to the team from last week is the reserve halfback, with Bull Guyton replacing Chris Smylie (hamstring) on the bench.
So much is at stake for the Tahs. If Izzy Falou can fire, they might just be in with a chance.
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