LIVE

    Rookie set to start in Waratahs back row

    2017-02-14 11:23

    Cape Town - Michael Wells is set to start at No 8 when the Waratahs' Super Rugby season kicks off after Jed Holloway was ruled out through injury.

    Holloway, who was in fine form during the Waratahs' pre-season matches, is battling to overcome a hamstring injury and is almost certain to miss their opening clash against the Western Force in Sydney on Saturday, February 18. 

    And Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson said Wells, who joined the Sydneysiders from the Brumbies in 2016, is now almost certain to start in the back row alongside flanks Michael Hooper and Jack Dempsey.

    "Holloway is another one who is due around Round 2," Gibson told Fairfax Media

    "He's had hamstring issues over the last six weeks, so we've just figured them out.

    "Wells performed very well against the Brumbies. He continues to impress in that position so I fully expect him to take the starting spot at the moment. 

    "I just like his attitude to the game. He's a tough, abrasive character and he's got an immense work rate. All those qualities and traits are something that we like and he's been an excellent addition to the team."

    Read More On:  waratahs super rugby rugby

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Fixtures

    Friday, 31 January 2020
    • Blues v Chiefs, Eden Park 08:05
    • Brumbies v Reds, GIO Stadium 10:15
    • Sharks v Bulls, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 19:10
    Saturday, 01 February 2020
    • Sunwolves v Rebels, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium 05:45
    • Crusaders v Waratahs, Trafalgar Park 08:05
    • Stormers v Hurricanes, Cape Town 15:05
    Sunday, 02 February 2020
    • Jaguares v Lions, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 01:00

    Results

    No results are available

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Bulls (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Lions
    • Sharks
    • Stormers

    Opinion Poll

    Which team will finish top of the SA Conference in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.