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Super Rugby Pacific quarter-final Waratahs ready to rumble against Chiefs

Waratahs ready to rumble against Chiefs . After transforming themselves in 2022, the NSW Waratahs aren’t going to die wondering in their Super Rugby Pacific quarter-final clash with the Chiefs.

The NSW Waratahs are preparing to go down with all guns blazing when they take on the Chiefs for a Super Rugby Pacific semi-final berth on Saturday.

Having already exceeded most people’s expectations under new coach Darren Coleman after last year’s winless season, the Waratahs feel like they have little to lose in the FMG Stadium Waikato clash.

“We set a goal to start at the start of the year to to make the eight and we comfortably made that,” skipper Jake Gordon said on Friday.

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Super Rugby Pacific quarter-final

“Then we were aiming for the top four and probably didn’t close out those last few games well enough to make that but we’re in a position now where we think we can beat can compete against the Kiwis.

“We’re not coming out over here to hopefully see if we can when, we’re coming here with a mindset that we’re going to come away with a win.”

Gordon said the Waratahs felt Fijian Drua exposed some chinks in the Chiefs last round, with the New Zealanders scrambling to a one-point victory over the competition debutants.

“They played an interesting game last week against the Fijians. We thought the Fijians played really well and showed a little bit of a blueprint of how we want to play as well,” the Wallabies halfback said.

But in the four games they have beaten the Crusaders and Highlanders and their biggest losing margin has been four points.

The pair are now plying their trades in Australia and New Zealand respectively and face off in a huge Super Rugby clash .

Since Super Rugby began in 1996, the Waratahs haven’t won an away final in six attempts.

Gordon is one of six current players who were part of the 2018 outfit that raced to a 14-0 lead against the Lions in Johannesburg before being over-run 44-26.

Warren Gatland will face off against the man who was the cornerstone of his Wales side tomorrow morning on the other side of the world.

Juggernaut centre Jamie Roberts is now plying his trade at the Waratahs in Super Rugby Pacific and he’s been named on the bench for tomorrow’s quarter-final against Gatland’s Chiefs.

Roberts was released from his contract at the Dragons by mutual consent in January and moved to rejoin his partner, Aussie Nicole Ramson, who had already returned to Australia a few weeks prior. He was then picked up by the Sydney-based Waratahs and made his debut within a month of leaving Welsh rugby.

While the three dangermen have collectively accrued 22 run-on appearances this season, not once have they all combined in a starting line-up.

Although injuries and illness have blighted the team’s season to date, it appears that things are finally coming right for coach Clayton McMillan at the perfect moment.

All in all, McMillan has made just the two personnel changes – Nanai-Seturo and Lowe – to the starting line-up from the side that defeated the Drua in the final round of the regular season.

Up front, Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei’aho and Angus Ta’avao will combine for the ninth time this season while All Blacks Brodie Retallick and Tupou Vaa’i will suit up in the second row. Bradley Slater, Ollie Norris, Atunaisa Moli and Naitoa Ah Kuoi will provide tight five cover with lock Josh Lord still unavailable for selection.

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