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Waratahs 2024

wamberal99

Tom Lawton (22)
I’ve been critical of tane. Humble pie time. Played very well. What a difference with some front foot ball
Plus I am certain that somebody has had a word or two in his ear. "Stick to your strengths, Tane, keep it simple and don't over-play your hand".
 

Crashy

Nev Cottrell (35)
jeez that try he set up was a peach when you look at how clever it was. saders mostly thought it was going to Marky Mark (Nawaqanitawase) so he just slices through the gap with a barely noticebale dummy.
You need your goal kickers to kick everything as well.
They look happy playing for each other and this is a very important observation.
Green shoots
 

Froggy

John Solomon (38)
Perese I expect back, what about Harrison and Porecki?
Also Slack-Smith, although I doubt he makes the 23.
Do we know whether Peitsch is out due to concussion protocols?
 

Froggy

John Solomon (38)
It will be intersting to see selection around 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 and 20.
I imagine Holloway will start at 4, Hanigan almost demanded to start with his performance on Saturday, but who do you move to the bench? Normally I would have said Sinclair, but he had a mighty game, as did FLW (Fergus Lee-Warner). Possibly Gleeson to the bench, his hands have let him down the last two rounds, but his defence was outstanding, and he noticably lifted his work rate this week.
Also, does Harry Wilson drop to the bench if Perese comes back? I though he and Walton were among our best.
 

Derpus

George Gregan (70)
It will be intersting to see selection around 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 and 20.
I imagine Holloway will start at 4, Hanigan almost demanded to start with his performance on Saturday, but who do you move to the bench? Normally I would have said Sinclair, but he had a mighty game, as did FLW (Fergus Lee-Warner) (Fergus Lee-Warner). Possibly Gleeson to the bench, his hands have let him down the last two rounds, but his defence was outstanding, and he noticably lifted his work rate this week.
Also, does Harry Wilson drop to the bench if Perese comes back? I though he and Walton were among our best.
You probably don't change much IMO except the bench. Guys returning from injury can be eased back in.
 

Braveheart81

Will Genia (78)
Staff member
It will be intersting to see selection around 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 and 20.
I imagine Holloway will start at 4, Hanigan almost demanded to start with his performance on Saturday, but who do you move to the bench? Normally I would have said Sinclair, but he had a mighty game, as did FLW (Fergus Lee-Warner) (Fergus Lee-Warner). Possibly Gleeson to the bench, his hands have let him down the last two rounds, but his defence was outstanding, and he noticably lifted his work rate this week.
Also, does Harry Wilson drop to the bench if Perese comes back? I though he and Walton were among our best.

I'd largely leave things as is. You've got to reward the team for playing well and also not upset the apple cart.

Lee-Warner was good too so there's a pretty strong case to retain him starting and bring on Hanigan for his impact. Maybe you make the change a few minutes earlier or at half time?

Perese maybe comes into the starting XV for Wilson but I'd also be happy with him just replacing Tuipuluto on the bench.

I don't think Harrison makes the team right away.
 

dusk

Cyril Towers (30)
I'd largely leave things as is. You've got to reward the team for playing well and also not upset the apple cart.

Lee-Warner was good too so there's a pretty strong case to retain him starting and bring on Hanigan for his impact. Maybe you make the change a few minutes earlier or at half time?

Perese maybe comes into the starting XV for Wilson but I'd also be happy with him just replacing Tuipuluto on the bench.

I don't think Harrison makes the team right away.
Exactly, this is the perfect time to build combinations with the front row. And honestly I'd prefer to keep Hanigan on the bench, the energy he brought on when he came on was unmatched and thats what we need in the second half.
 

Crashy

Nev Cottrell (35)
Team announced.

Looked like Pietsch scored a jab in the eye as opposed to a head knock. Back vs Blues. Porecki will need some game time for Wallabies duties and good to see Hanigan rewarded for a good game. Much better bench strength this week with Perese back as well.
 

The Ghost of Raelene

Andrew Slack (58)
Really nice to read an article like this on Rugby given the recent (last couple of year). In the article I also enjoy seeing David wear a Tahs cap.


When his sons Harry and Teddy began making junior state teams, David Wilson had to slowly get used to the sky-blue kit that came home with them.

Wilson was - and remains - a Queensland rugby legend, courtesy of a stellar career that saw him play 105 games as a tireless flanker for the Reds. He is a Wallabies legend too, of course, and with a 79-Test career that includes the 1999 Rugby World Cup win, Bledisloe Cup triumphs and a stint as Australian captain, there was no surprise Wilson’s sons emerged as talented players as well.

The apples fell a little away from the tree, however. Harry and Teddy both became dinner-suit wearing backs and - via a move for David and wife Nicole to Sydney for work 20 years ago - the boys grew up as proud New South Welshmen.
“It did take a while to get used to [when they first played for NSW juniors] and their grandfather [Keith] was alive at that point as well,” David said. “He was obviously a staunch Reds supporter and watched my whole career. So it probably took him a little bit longer to accept the fact that they were now wearing the sky blue.

David Wilson pictured after the Wallabies beat South Africa in Brisbane in 1999.CREDIT:DALLAS KILPONEN
“But I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter what colour jerseys your boys wear, you’re always going to support them. They’re now Waratahs and we are very much behind them.”

Just as Keith Wilson did with him, David tries to get to every game his boys play and, luckily, that’s now the same time and place. Harry, 24, and Teddy, 21, are now both regular members of the Waratahs’ match-day 23 and will be sitting alongside each other on the bench when NSW take on the Highlanders at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

“I think he’s actually got me now on caps so I might be chasing him now,” Teddy said. “But every time we get to pull on the jersey together, it’s a very special moment and it’s something we don’t take for granted. Hopefully, we can get on the paddock together again this week and link up here and there.”

Harry adds: “It’s funny growing up you dream about that stuff, and you always talk about it and watch other brothers doing it, whether it’s league or union. But to get the opportunity last year to play together, it was so special and something we’ll remember for a very long time. And then once you get that first crack, you just want more of it.”

Teddy, a highly-rated halfback who captained the Junior Wallabies last year, was first to debut in Super Rugby in 2022.
But the bragging rights didn’t last. After getting a first cap for NSW last year, Harry settled in as well and has now emerged as a strong-running outside back. Starting at No.13, he scored last weekend as the Tahs downed the Crusaders.

“I think he’s actually got me now on caps so I might be chasing him now,” Teddy said. “But every time we get to pull on the jersey together, it’s a very special moment and it’s something we don’t take for granted. Hopefully, we can get on the paddock together again this week and link up here and there.”

Harry adds: “It’s funny growing up you dream about that stuff, and you always talk about it and watch other brothers doing it, whether it’s league or union. But to get the opportunity last year to play together, it was so special and something we’ll remember for a very long time. And then once you get that first crack, you just want more of it.”

It’s all love and support now, sure. But earlier .… well, let’s just say the competitive nature of the Wilson brothers means they have their own dedicated corner of the Manly hospital waiting room. “I was breaking up these two, a lot of the time,” David said. “It doesn’t matter what they were, what they were playing and doing... it was always a competition.”

Like the time the duo were playing knee-footy, it got heated and somehow one of Harry’s teeth got lodged in Teddy’s head.
“Off to Manly hospital,” David said.

Or the time Teddy conceded a try in PlayStation rugby, swung a punch at Harry but missed and dislocated his finger on the ground. The fake story offered by both to mum Nicole and the nurses at Manly hospital, about Teddy sitting on his hand, didn’t wash with David. The boys fessed up. Though a lack of a VHS player at home (and a modest father) means the Wilson boys aren’t inundated with their old man’s highlights, they’re proud of his achievements in the Wallabies jersey, and those of their uncle, former Wallabies centre Jason Little, too.

“The highlights have come on the TV a few times, a couple of old games, the ’99 World Cup final and a few Bledisloes as well,” Harry said. “It’s always really special to be able to watch that stuff with Teddy, seeing Dad and Uncle Jase out there.” Shrugging off his esteemed career as being “a long time in the past”, David said he gets as much pleasure watching his boys as anything he experienced on the field.“I get more of a buzz, watching them play,” he said. “I can see why my dad - their granddad - enjoyed coming out and watching me play every, every week. It is a very special thing.”
 

The Honey Badger

Jim Lenehan (48)
It will be intersting to see selection around 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 and 20.
I imagine Holloway will start at 4, Hanigan almost demanded to start with his performance on Saturday, but who do you move to the bench? Normally I would have said Sinclair, but he had a mighty game, as did FLW (Fergus Lee-Warner) (Fergus Lee-Warner). Possibly Gleeson to the bench, his hands have let him down the last two rounds, but his defence was outstanding, and he noticably lifted his work rate this week.
Also, does Harry Wilson drop to the bench if Perese comes back? I though he and Walton were among our best.
I thought Holloway and Sinclair were outstanding - But the other 21 very good as well - I would start the same team - they have earned it
 
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