Tahs under finals radar: Waugh
Sydney - The Waratahs are ''sneaking under the radar'' as a finals threat in
the Super Rugby competition, their retired former captain Phil Waugh
After NSW's upset win against the Chiefs on Friday, Waugh
also believes they are well placed to take on the in-form Bulls in
Pretoria on Sunday (Sydney time).
He said the Waratahs should have gained a huge boost in
confidence to be able to wrest the momentum back in their favour after
losing it - and the lead - and still come out match winners, as they did
against the Chiefs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney with their 25-20 round
10 victory, and he thinks that ability will play a huge part in the
After eight games the Waratahs are 10th on the ladder on 25
points (two points off the top six) and third in the Australian
''They are probably sneaking under the radar a little,'' said
Waugh, who earned 124 Waratahs caps from 1999 to 2011, and 79 with the
''They are staying well and truly in touch with the Reds and
the Brumbies. [The finals race] will be a lot closer than what people
Waugh praised NSW captain Dave Dennis for his leadership and
its effect on the side. ''He has moulded into a very good leader. He
has always been a good leader but now he is getting that confidence and
level of acceptance of responsibility that all captains need.
''It's just a matter of getting the wins and being able to win close games. Last Friday's win was a big step forward in that.
''Belief in sport is so important, and I think they are
really starting to believe in their ability and impact on the
competition. They appear to be playing with a lot more belief than
Waugh said discipline would be vital against the Bulls, who are third on the ladder on 28 points and first in their conference.
In the high altitude of Pretoria, it is easier to kick goals
from further out and the Bulls are masters at capitalising on this,
Waugh said. ''You can lose momentum very quickly giving away a couple of
silly penalties. Discipline there is probably one of the most important