Back to basics for Waratahs

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:35
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Waratahs backrower Jed Holloway says a greater focus on skills in the preseason is going to benefit every Australian Super Rugby franchise.

“That’s the main area we recognised wasn’t good enough last year, not just at our club but all of Australian rugby.

“The coaches have done a great job recognising that and the boys have been working hard on those skills.

“It’s not just out on the field, we’re getting in sessions after gym, making sure we’re hitting a lot of passes during the day.”

The renewed focus on skills comes after a dismal year for Australian Super Rugby teams, who failed to register a single victory over any New Zealand team in 26 attempts.

“It’s been a hell of a lot of running, a lot of up-downs, a lot of ball skills,” he said.

With the departure of longtime Waratah Rob Horne, the Waratahs midfield will also see changes with the recent signing of Force outside back Curtis Rona.

“I don’t really know Curtis personally but obviously, he’s a Wallaby, he has a huge amount of experience in rugby league and even over in the Force.

“He’s a bit of an older head as well around the squad.”

The Waratahs open their Super Rugby campaign at home against the Stormers on February 24.

By Colin Brooke, RugbyPass

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