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Freier: Tahs can win

Waratahs hooker Adam Freier believes his team has the confidence and belief to beat the Crusaders.

Freier said the Tahs’ form in the last few weeks has been on an upward curve and this will be the difference between this team and past outfits from Sydney.

“It is all about peaking at the right time,” Freier told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“The coaching staff have done a great job in ensuring that happens this season. In years past, we’ve probably started really well, then had a bit of a soft spot, and finished poorly. This year has been almost the opposite, and there is such a great feeling of confidence in the squad at the moment.

“We know how to win there, and we know how to beat the Crusaders. We definitely have the team to do it.”

Freier noted two main differences between the Waratahs team that lost to the Crusaders 34-7 and the team that has now reached the final.

“Confidence and belief,” Freier explained. “Last time, we had the game plan to think we could beat them, but we didn’t achieve it. If you watch the video, it could have gone either way. They ran away with it by getting two quick tries.

“There’s definitely the confidence and belief now, and it’s not just token in saying that. We will go over there and play footy against them. Don’t be conservative. Don’t be concerned about what they’re doing. We’re just going to worry about what we can do, and do it well.”

Freier is expected to be relegated to the bench as Tatafu Polota-Nau trained yesterday, after he missed the semi with a sprained wrist.