Cheika cracks the whip early

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:19
Large michael cheika h s 630 Large berrick barnes face 630 Large michael cheika speaks to pl Large berrick barnes h s 630

New Waratahs coach Michael Cheika showed he's all about hard work, on Wednesday sending the squad on a gruelling running session up the South Coogee Steps.

New Waratahs coach Michael Cheika showed he's all about hard work, on Wednesday sending the squad on a gruelling running session up the South Coogee Steps - and then joining in.

Although it's early days - day three of week one - senior player Berrick Barnes praised his teammates for their pre-season efforts.

"There was a really good attitude from the boys. No whinging, they just get on and get it done and that was really impressive," he said.

Still recovering from the punctured lung he suffered against the Springboks at the end of last month, Barnes joined his NSW teammates for training this week and welcomed the in-at-the-deep-end approach.

"The session was tough and old school but that's just what we need," he said after completing the session.

"And having the coaches there and participating in it was great to see."

Barnes also praised the efforts of his new teammates, including the youngest of the group, Jed Holloway (19). "They're a good bunch of kids. The young second row forward Jed did really well on the hills, they all fitted in really well."

The team's hard work began on Monday with medical screening, fitness testing, a skills session and a weights session.

After a rest day Tuesday, Wednesday's rugby conditioning session involved 10 sets on the infamous 213 South Coogee steps, with the players recovering in between sets of five efforts.

Having previously met at Latham Park, the team warmed up with a two-kilometre run to the steps, completing the session before running back to Latham Park for a team skills session. After lunch, they finished the day with a weights session and a team meeting.

Following a day's recovery Thursday, there are similar sessions planned for Friday when the squad will complete a skills session at Manly's Keirle Park, run along Queenscliff beach and then attack the stairs from Queenscliff Surf Club up to the headland before finally running back to Keirle Park.

They will follow it up with the gym session in the afternoon.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 May 2016
Hurricanes v Highlanders 07h35 Wellington
Waratahs v Chiefs 09h40 Sydney
Boland v Eagles 13h00 Wellington
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas 13h00 Bloemfontein
Kings v Jaguares 17h00 Ascoli Piceno
Border v Falcons 17h00 East London
Sat, 28 May 2016
Blues v Crusaders 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Sunwolves 09h40 Canberra
Western Province v Griquas 10h15 Newlands
Blue Bulls v Leopards 12h15 Loftus Versfeld
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h00 DHL Newlands
Namibia v Griffons 13h00 Windhoek
Golden Lions v EP Kings 13h00 Johannesburg
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 London
Bulls v Lions 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Connacht 16h30 Edinburgh
Sun, 29 May 2016
Rebels v Force 06h05 Melbourne
England v Wales 14h00 London
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 11 6 0 5 30
Brumbies 11 7 0 4 29
Rebels 10 5 0 5 23
Reds 13 3 1 9 16
Force 11 2 0 9 11
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 11 9 0 2 42
Crusaders 11 9 0 2 41
Highlanders 11 8 0 3 37
Hurricanes 11 7 0 4 36
Blues 11 6 1 4 29
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Bulls 11 7 1 3 32
Stormers 11 6 1 4 32
Cheetahs 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 1 1 9 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 11 8 0 3 37
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 11 2 0 9 13
Kings 11 1 0 10 4