The Cats will be spared nothing in Sydney on Friday. Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie has picked a star-studded team that should pummel the hapless SA tourists.
While Cats coach Frans Ludeke believes his team is one performance away from turning their season around, a more accurate assessment is that they’re one performance away from ruin.
The Tahs have picked Mat Rogers at flyhalf, which allows the impressive Sam Norton-Knight to remain at fullback.
Returning Wallabies frontrower Matt Dunning can’t make the starting XV and has to be satisfied with a bench warming role.
Victory against the Cats will consolidate the Tahs position as a semi-final contender.
Waratahs team to play the Cats (15-1): Sam Norton-Knight, Peter Hewat, Morgan Turinui, Shaun Berne, Lote Tuqiri, Mat Rogers, Chris Whitaker (capt), David Lyons, Phil Waugh, Wycliff Palu, Daniel Vickerman, Alex Kanaar, Al Baxter, Adam Freier, Benn Robinson. Subs: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Matt Dunning, Will Caldwell, Stephen Hoiles, Brett Sheehan, Daniel Halangahu, Ben Jacobs.