Tahs talk it up

The Waratahs believe they can get back-to-back wins in South Africa. And it’s their coach doing the talking.

Ewen McKenzie seems to have taken more positives out of the scrappy win against the rubble Reds in Brisbane than most and insisted his team would get better as the Vodacom Super 14 unfolded.

“This South Africa trip is perfect timing for us because we can go away and just plug away. We’ve had to deal with a lot of things going on in the last month-and-a-half so now we can look inwards for the next couple of weeks.

“We love playing over there and we’ve got a pretty good record in South Africa so we’re looking forward to going there.”

The Waratahs in 2005 hammered the Sharks and Cats to record a double and McKenzie believes they are capable of dealing with the Stormers first-up on Saturday.

McKenzie said scrummaging and kicking were areas of the Tahs game that had to improve against the Stormers but he felt the pyschological lift of beating the Reds for the first time in Brisbane since the inception of the Super 12 was big.

“We don’t really care about the style of the game. We’re not going to rush and watch the videotape that’s for sure. It was just about getting a win in a place that we’ve struggled at in the past. And now we’ve done that we’ll move onto hopefully bigger and better things.”