AUDIO: Waratahs sidestep sideshow shenanigans

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:46

LISTEN as Waratahs refuse to let the Israel Folau media saga eclipse their preparations for their historic Heritage Round clash against the Reds on Saturday.

Folau has been dominating the headlines after his anti-gay post on Instagram last week.

The star caused an uproar after replying to a question on what's "God's plan for gay people?" with "HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God",

The dynamic fullback is currently nursing a hamstring injury - which he sustained during the win over the Brumbies in Round Seven - will only return to the field in May.

However, in his absence and in the midst of a media uproar, the Waratahs side managed to stay focused and record a 50-29 win over the Sunwolves last weekend. The New South Wales-based side will hope to continue to reap the wins as their prepare for the Australiana derby against the Reds.

"Our focus now is on ensuring we get to this Reds game," Waratahs assistant coach Chris Malone said.

"It’s a great opportunity for us after beating three Australian conference rivals in the last few weeks. It’s a really big game for us and really exciting at the SCG on Saturday night.

"He’s obviously had the meeting with the CEO of NSW and Rugby Australia, I wouldn’t have a clue what’s transpired there … for us it’s focusing on the Reds game.

"He’s a genius footballer and he’s a great guy. I have no doubt that we want to see him back on the park in a couple of weeks time when he gets back from injury.

"We didn’t have Israel on the weekend. We played a big game that we needed to win away and now we get the chance to come home and play the Reds at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It’s going to be a huge night and that has to be our concentration,"

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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14