'Tahs Continue Late Finals Push

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Adam Ashley-Cooper has been solid for the Waratahs this year. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au/Getty Images
The New South Wales Waratahs  will look to build on last week’s 72-10 victory against the Southern Kings when they tackle the Stormers  at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. Coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged starting lineup for the ‘Tahs, with Wallabies Berrick Barnes and Drew Mitchell unable to force their way into the run on side on their return from injury.

Eben Etzebeth will make his first start of the season for the Stormers, after coming off the bench in his sides 18-17 defeat to the Blues in Auckland last weekend. Although the Stormers narrow loss in week 12 was their third from their past five outings, they remain one of the best teams in the competition defensively and only two franchises have conceded fewer points than them during the current campaign.

The Stormers have won the past three meetings between these sides, although the most recent clash in Sydney, way back on April 4 2009, resulted in a six-point win  for New South Wales. The Waratahs have boast just five wins from 15 meetings with the South African side, who have been victorious on nine occasion, while the points were shared following a 13-13 draw in Cape Town five years ago.

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