Super Rugby news | NSW Waratahs injury list grows after ACT Brumbies deliver 10th straight loss
A brutal injury list has only added salt to the wounds of the Waratahs, who were left wondering after their 10th straight Super Rugby loss to the Brumbies.
The Waratahs hosted the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium in round one, going down 25-31 in Sydney.
Speaking on Stan Sport’s Between Two Posts, former Wallabies centre Morgan Turinui suggested the Waratahs had put too much pressure on themselves to win at home.
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“I think they actually looked nervous,” said Turinui.
“The pressure wasn’t hugely externally imposed on them. They built it up themselves. Which is great. You’ve got 25,000 people there. There was a buzz around it.
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“As a broadcaster, we loved it, but when you’re looking at the performance of your team, you almost feel like they created more pressure than they needed to.
“This is just from the outside looking in. They’re a good side.”
Former Wallabies loose forward Stephen Hoiles joined Sean Maloney and Turinui on the panel.
He said the result was especially disappointing given it marked the first time for the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium since its major overhaul.
“I think the Waratahs went in very confident,” said Hoiles.
“Almost like a complete opposite approach of the Brumbies. They went all in, the ‘Tahs, didn’t they?
“They went with some players that hadn’t had too much trial time, a couple of players came back from some injuries, but they went with them.
“The Brumbies, on the other hand, I thought they played the 80-minute card a little bit with (Nic) White coming off the bench along with Noah (Lolesio).
“Knowing how much the new stadium and new round and coming back to home meant to them, they went all in. They left there pretty shattered.
“It wasn’t a bad performance by any means but it was just a hugely disappointing performance. Throw in the injury of (Angus) Bell and it’s a costly one.”
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Bell is unlikely to return for the remainder of the 2023 season. However, his first round injury isn’t the only concern.
Archer Holz’s place in the side remains up in the air after he suffered a rib injury while Tiaan Tauakipulu suffered a knee injury too.
“The issue that you’ve pointed out around the front row already is they’re in trouble there I reckon because Harry Johnson-Holmes is still a little way away on the tighthead side,” said Turinui.
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“Archer Holz had a somewhat significant rib injury, he copped one. Tiaan Tauakipulu who’s their third-level tight head (suffered a knee injury). And then Angus Bell now, done for Super Rugby. That immediately gets dangerous for them in depth.”
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