The Waratahs’ attitude let them down against the Chiefs, according to captain Chris Whitaker.
The ‘Tahs lost 37-33 in Hamilton on Saturday to relinquish top spot on the Vodacom Super 14 log. They now have to win their final fixture against the Hurricanes to ensure a home semi-final.
“We just didn’t turn up mentally I think,” Whitaker told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Maybe we did go into the game with the wrong attitude. We scored enough points, and in the past when we’ve gone into games wanting to score four tries we haven’t scored the four tries. We scored five tries and still didn’t win it.”
However, Whitaker was confident that the attitude problem could be addressed during the week.
“I don’t think it’s going to be too hard to fix,” he said. “Hopefully it’s just a one-off thing and a bit of a hiccup. That’s probably one thing we’ve been good at the last two years, is turning up for each game. If you look on the bright side of things it’s a good one to get out of the way early before we come into some important games now.
“Everyone will be switched on, maybe it was a wake-up call. I can almost guarantee that it won’t happen this week. The boys will turn up ready to go. We love playing at home.”