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Dennis Reveals Secrets to Tahs Super Success

Dennis Reveals Secrets to Tahs Super Success

Injured Waratahs captain Dave Dennis has revealed some of the secrets which have helped the Waratahs make the grand final this year.  

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Dennis gave an insight into the Waratahs unique strength and conditioning programme as well as the culture which Michael Cheika has created.

“We have been challenged probably physically more than we ever have as a playing group by Cheik.  I think it’s well documented the work we did in the pre season running up hills around Coogee or running around Centennial Park.

“He was very adamant of building a mantra or a mindset of being comfortable with being uncomfortable.

“So when you experience it in a game you know how to remain calm and execute.”

Dennis also revealed the Waratahs special strength and conditioning programme – Sparta Performance Science.

Sparta uses feedback from players jumping on a force plate.  From the data collected, the programme is then tailored to suit the individual and accounts for their different needs.  Therefore, no Waratahs player is going into the gym and doing the same programme as another player.

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In recent years, teams have struggled with injury crises.  As players get bigger and the game becomes more physical injuries seem to be occurring more often.

The Waratahs have remained largely injury free throughout the year which has created stability and consistency particularly within the halves which successful Super Rugby teams have often had.  Player’s who have struggled with injuries in the past such as Tatafu Polota-Nau, Wycliff Palu and Rob Horne have all been able to play a large part of the season, if not, the full season to date.

“Guys who’ve had a couple of years being in and out injured, they’ve been able to focus on their own needs and their own weaknesses.  I think that’s really shown on the field.  Apart from myself this weekend I think everyone is available for selection.”

Hear the full interview with dave Dennis on our latest podcast:

  • Andrew

    The secret ingredient …. The biggest balance sheet

    • #1 Tah

      Really? NSWRU’s financial troubles have been well documented in recent years…

      • Tip

        They still have the biggest balance sheet.
        Largest income stream… it’s just a shame they funnel it straight into the countries largest overheads & expenditure stream. :p

    • Blue Blood

      Agreed. If every super rugby franchise had the same ARU cash invested in their playing lists the squads would look vastly different. If the Force had the same amount of ARU wallaby top up money as the Tahs, Brumbies and Reds I have no doubt they would have made the finals this year. The fact they were 2 points off making the finals with a playing list of just over $2million is incredible. And a team with a list just over $6million kept them out is a scam.

      The ARU enforces the salary cap but then adds the Wallaby top up cash on top. Rediculous system

  • Luke Amasi

    I think their conditioning program has been at least the number one or two piece to the puzzle in terms of their form. They have kept players on the park all year, building continuity with their combinations. This has allowed them to become such a good team and work together well. TPN, Douglas, Hooper, Phipps, Beale, AAC and foley have started every single game this year. Thats probably more than most other super teams.

    • Rob Nichol

      Using their talents in attack rather than playing boring around-the-corner rugby or kicking away possession (as most do) has been a big factor as well.

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