Hooper blasts Waratahs leadership group
Perth - Waratahs captain and openside flank Michael Hooper has
admitted that the side's leadership group has not been successful this year.
The Sydneysiders have had a poor Super Rugby campaign -
winning just four of their 14 matches - and Hooper feels the side's eight-man
leadership group, which the players chose, must be reviewed.
"Good teams are made up of good leaders, a good
leadership group and that didn't follow this year as well as we would have
hoped, so guys (can) put up their hand," he told AAP.
"I've been impressed with guys like Ned (Hanigan). At
the start of the year, largely not many people had heard of (him).
"Playing a really good game and, on top of that,
actually having the presence around the place and around the field, so guys
Despite the Waratahs' poor form in 2017, Hooper believes the
side has the talent to bounce back and be successful in 2018.
"The difference between the top teams and the bottom
teams is psychological," he added.
"A lot of the time, we're playing the same rugby; we're
trying to do the same things on the field.
"It's just the team that is more committed to doing
them better. It's the team that wants to do it for longer, that's able to get
the best results.
"I've got no doubt we've got the talent next year. It's
about the guys having confidence in themselves to play the shape that we want
Hooper gave his support to Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson,
after reports in the Australian media hinted at player discontent with the
side's coaching staff.
"I genuinely believe that Daryl is a fantastic coach -
a person who is a motivator for us," he said.
"There's complete support behind Daryl and he's the
direction forward for this club."