Sarel to lend Tahs bite

Lachie Turner and Rob Horne say that former Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius will give the Waratahs attack another dimension.

Turner and Horne were handed an extended break following the Wallabies tour to the United Kingdom last November. On his return to the Waratahs camp, Turner said he was impressed with the work ethic of the squad and was particularly keen to work with new players like Pretorius.

‘There are a couple of new faces amongst the boys, including Sarel. He played against us in the Cheetahs match here last year and ended up on the wing. He’s scored a few tries last season too so we’re glad to have him on our side this season.’

Horne also feels the former Cheetahs scrumhalf will give the Waratahs an edge.

‘Sarel is great. He’s an explosive player and you can tell he’s a talent but in Kibbo [Brendan McKibbin] and Grayson [Hart] we have two other scrumhalves who are pushing just as hard.

‘Outside them, there’s Berrick [Barnes] and Daniel Halangahu and now Bernie [Bernard Foley, former Australian Sevens player], who’s another talented guy. It’s his first year fully involved in the professional program and it’s great for him and us.’

Meanwhile, Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper has linked up with the Waratahs a few days earlier than expected.