Muir expects versatile Tahs

Dick Muir says the Waratahs will vary their play between the conservative and expansive this Friday.

The Tahs have been criticised by their own media and fans as a boring and conservative outfit. They were booed in last week’s win over the Sharks for their kick-first policy, but up against the Lions, who have the worst defensive record in the Super 14, they’re likely to keep more ball in hand.

Muir said he expected the Tahs to vary their play with men like Berrick Barnes kicking for field position, but is nevertheless preparing his charges for an attacking onslaught.

‘I’m sure there will be a little cat and mouse around it,’ Muir told reporters. ‘The Waratahs have got a specific style that they are willing to adapt.

‘They’ve shown us they can vary it quite considerably. They can play a quick game or they can play a slower game. They can carry it. They have a good kicking game as well. We just have to have our wits about us and play the situation as it presents itself.’

Carlos Spencer, who remains an icon in Australasia, said the Lions are reading nothing into the Tahs’ inconsistent effort against the Sharks. According to the Lions flyhalf, the Tahs will play like they did against the Bulls where they were more than willing to give the ball some air.