THE entire Waratahs squad ran in unison to training on Monday carrying a long, heavy rope.
“It’s just a little symbol that we’ve spoken about,” NSW playmaker Bernard Foley said.
“Removing ourselves from the last block of games and then looking forward to the next month of footy.
“It’s really important for us as a team and that was a bit of a symbol about how we want to move forward.”
In the previous month, the Tahs lost to the Brumbies, staged a miraculous last-gasp win over Melbourne, before being hammered by the Crusaders and blown off the park in the first half against the Hurricanes and eventually losing by 10 points.
Now their season hinges on games against the Southern Kings on Friday night at Allianz Stadium, followed by the Queensland and Blues before their second bye.
Slow starts have been a major issue for the Tahs.
“I think that (second half against the Hurricanes) gave us that belief and confidence in what we’ve been doing and if we stick at it and apply ourselves we’re going to be a dangerous team,” Foley said.
“What we can’t do is give them a 40-minute headstart. We’re all about competing and being genuine in this competition, and if we’re going to do that we’ve got to play for 80 minutes.
“It’s something we’ve talked about. We’re not into courageous losses.
“We want to compete and be contenders in this competition and by doing that we have to play for 80 minutes.”
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Meanwhile, Tahs backrower Ned Hanigan revealed his reaction to being called into Michael Cheika’s Wallabies camp last week.
“Cheika said would you like to come down and I felt like going, ‘Nah don’t worry about it’,” Hanigan said laughing.
“I didn’t expect anything like that. (It’s just about) doing your job for the Tahs, if you’re doing that to the best of your ability if those things happen it’s all well and good but we’re just concentrating on this week.”
Originally published as Tahs rope in some team spirit
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