FORMER Ospreys team boss Steve Tandy is making waves with his work as defence coach after the Waratahs
shocked Super Rugby's champion team, writes MARK ORDERS.
He phoned this writer in the autumn after he had been appointed as the Waratahs
' defence coach, saying: "I've come over here to sample the sport in another country and look to develop as a coach.
But a team containing Sam Whitelock, Codie Taylor, Ryan Crotty Jack Goodhue and Matt Todd came unstuck 20-12 in Sydney, with the Waratahs
' uncompromising tackling seen as the key to their win.
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's Lions fought back from 14 points down to beat the New South Wales Waratahs
44-26 in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday as Malcolm Marx and Kwagga Smith grabbed two tries each and winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a superb solo effort.
SUPER RUGBY VERDICTS Waratahs
v Hurricanes Sky Sports 4, 10.45am The Brumbies' defeat to the Blues yesterday presents the Waratahs
with a chance to leapfrog their Australian rivals in the playoff places.
I was caught this week by reports from Australia that New South Wales Waratahs
' pre-season plans included spending time with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, both on their own training field and inside the city's iconic Opera House.
Queensland Reds prop Greg Holmes will be followed to Sandy Park by ex-New South Wales Waratahs
captain Dave Dennis.
AUSTRALIA'S top rugby stars will now turn their attention towards the World Cup as the Waratahs
and Brumbies both lost their Super 15 semi-final.
LEICESTER have signed Australia ace Peter Betham from Super Rugby champions the Waratahs
for next season.
If the new found success of New South Wales Waratahs
is any indication that the Wallabies will perform well in the upcoming Rugby Champonships, the Aussies will take all the positive signs they can get.
THE New South Wales Waratahs
loss will be Leinster's gain when Kane Douglas joins the Irish rugby province later this year.
Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty a minute from time to give the New South Wales Waratahs
their maiden Super Rugby title with a 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in a thrilling final on Saturday.