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Quade baits ‘boring’ Tahs
Quade Cooper believes the Waratahs are a dull and structured side compared to the Reds.
Cooper admitted the Tahs were winning games but highlighted the importance of playing attractive rugby.
“We’ve got a lot of speed out wide, a lot of talent out wide, and we really want to use that,” Cooper said. “There’s no use trying to play their [NSW] game plan and play a simple, boring style.
“[NSW] are very much a structured side, so if we can unscramble them a bit and try and pierce through them as much as possible it would disrupt their defensive line.
“They’re playing boring, but they’re still winning, whereas our three games have been really exciting and we’ve lost two of them. Winning matters, but you still have to be playing well and I’m very confident with the way our team is playing. I’d like to make this [interstate] game quite an exciting one.”
Larkham has faith in Lealiifano
Brumbies legend Stephen Larkham is backing under-fire flyhalf Christian Lealiifano to bounce back following a poor performance against the Force last weekend.
The 21-year-old’s kicking game has received the most criticism while his ability to successfully direct the backline has also been highlighted.
But Larkham believes Lealiifano has the ability and confidence to be one of the competition’s leading flyhalves.
“Look at his kicking game during the Highlanders match, he’s definitely got it,” Larkham told The Canberra Times.
“His running game is on song and when he puts everything together he’ll be very dangerous because he’s a very talented player.
“Confidence can be an issue, no doubt, but he’s definitely come a long way since I was at the club. He’s put on size, his defence has improved a lot and I think he’s got the goods to be a regular member of the Brumbies team.”
Tahs tell Reds to forget Elsom
The Waratahs have scoffed at the prospect of Rocky Elsom joining the Reds when he returns to Australia.
Waratahs coach Chris Hickey and captain Phil Waugh strongly rejected claims that the Reds could lure Elsom to Queensland when his time with Irish club Munster comes to an end in late May.
“Queensland can try and claim him as home grown, but he has played all his Super 14 rugby with the Waratahs,” said Hickey. “He is a Waratah and has a lot of very good friends at the Waratahs. Geographically, he might have been raised in Queensland. But I think he sees Sydney as home.
“He still has something to achieve with the Waratahs – the Super 14 title that has eluded him,” he added.
Waugh, who spoke with Elsom late last week, claims his heart still lies with the Sydney franchise.
“He still has a real interest here,” said Waugh. “There is a nucleus of a really great squad here at NSW. The longer we can keep everyone together and strengthen the squad, it is good for Australian rugby. I know he really enjoyed his time here. I am sure this would be his favourite place to come.”