Tahs demon defence

Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher has labelled the Waratahs defence as the best in the Vodacom Super 14.

The Brumbies play the Tahs in three weeks, but Fisher said his team would have to come up with something special to break down the defence of last year’s finalists. To date they have kept three clean sheets in the competition and the most tries scored against them has been two in a match. On Friday they destroyed a Blues side containing five test All Blacks. They also kept the Blues tryless.

“That was a superb effort,” Fisher told the Sydney Morning Herald. “NSW’s defence is the best in the competition. It is magnificent. And what they do well is that they take opportunities. They don’t create anything magnificent, they’re not running too many big plays, but they do things right.

“They put pressure on the opposition. They force you into error. And when they get half a sniff they do something, whether it is a [Lote] Tuqiri tap, or a fantastic little play by [Adam] Freier.

“As I’ve said to the boys, it is not about trying to play three or four fantastic phases and then do something special, it’s more about putting pressure on the opposition and back your rugby instincts to open up a hole.

“Against the Waratahs, we won’t be able to go out there, go bang bang and open them up. It just won’t happen. Their defence is too good. So we’ve got to find other ways, which revolves around sniffing out opportunities and turning up.”

Less Kiss, the former North Sydney Bears and Kangaroos winger, has been attributed with the success of the Tahs defence.

Kiss was originally introduced to rugby union by Harry Viljoen with the Springboks in 2001. He worked as a consultant with SA teams for a six week period but SARU would not give him a contract.