Rugby-Waratahs turn to Fijian plan for Chiefs clash

The New South Wales Waratahs will be looking to bring Fijian-style foot rugby to Hamilton when they take on the Waikato Chiefs this weekend in the Super Rugby quarter-finals, skipper Jake Gordon said on Friday. The Chiefs beat Fijian Drua 35-34 in their final game of the regular season last week in Lautoka, but only after the home side reduced their 22-point lead to almost nothing with jaw-dropping rugby at the course of the last 10 minutes.

Gordon said the Waratahs would be ready for any conditions Hamilton faced on Saturday afternoon, but wanted to play a quick game if the rain stayed away. “(The Chiefs) played an interesting game last week against the Fijians. We think the Fijians played very well and showed a bit of how we want to play,” the scrum-half told New Zealand reporters.

“If the weather is nice, we want to get in shape and play on foot very quickly. And we feel like when we do that we play very well.” The Waratahs have been one of the stories of the season after bouncing back from losing all 13 games in 2021 to record eight wins from 14 games under new manager Darren Coleman.

Their heaviest loss, however, was a 51-27 loss to the Chiefs in Round 10, when prop Angus Bell was sent off in the second minute and Jamie Roberts was also shown a yellow card in the first quarter. Gordon said the Waratahs learned several lessons from the Melbourne game, but most importantly one.

“After reviewing this game, one thing we noticed was how clinical they were when we were down to two men,” he said. “So number one, trying to keep fifteen men in the park at all times is a priority.”

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