Aussie wrap (Wed)

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Tahs to attack Lions pack

Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau believes his pack have the beating of their Lions counterparts.

Polota-Nau believes that if they can gain ascendancy upfront, they will run the Lions off their feet. On the scrum battle, he knows they may be smaller, but thinks their tactical appreciation at the set-piece will see them through.

“Hopefully we have done our homework well to expose the South African weaknesses,” he told rugbyheaven.com.au

“They definitely have the size over us. But if we can get the technical aspects right I am sure we will dominate them. Watching their front row in the analysis this week, it is going to be a real tough battle. They have exposed quite a few scrums at the front end of the season. We haven’t hit our potential. If we get the fundamentals right you will see a lot more scrum efforts from us.”

Force with Mulvihill for Tahs job

The Force have given assistant coach John Mulvihill their backing to get the vacant Waratahs head coaching position.

Mulvihill has been with the Force since their introduction to Super Rugby, but he has applied for the Tahs post which has been vacant since the axing of coach Ewen McKenzie. Force head coach John Mitchell and Rugby WA chairman Geoff Stooke have both given their support for his decision.

“Mulvers has been a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and it would be a shame to lose him, but he wants to take the next step in his coaching career and you can’t begrudge him that opportunity,” Mitchell told AAP.

Stooke added: “As an inaugural member of the Western Force coaching staff, John has contributed immensely to the development of the side and we have no doubt would make a fine head coach.”

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