Waratahs coach Darren Coleman has been selecting the mind of Wallabies boss Dave Rennie as he prepares for his first Kiwi Super Rugby opponent within the Chiefs on Friday.
A resurgent NSW – with Coleman in his first yr on the helm – outclassed the Force 41-24 in Perth on Saturday to leap to fifth on the ladder with a 5-3 report.
That’s 5 extra wins than the Waratahs had final yr however Coleman is aware of the rubber hits the street within the crossover ‘Super Round’ at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.
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New Zealander Rennie, after all, made his teaching title by guiding the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013.
“I had a really cool conversation this morning with Dave Rennie,” a usually relaxed Coleman instructed Stan Sport after a snug six tries to 4 win in Western Australia.
“Obviously I thought if anyone’s going to know the Kiwi psyche and how to pull them apart it’d be him.
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“I dunno, when he stated ‘us and them’ I did not know which one he was speaking about nevertheless it was good,” Coleman quipped.
“I’m beginning to get my head round it and we’ll evaluation this in a traditional approach like we do after which Monday arvo we’ll flip our consideration to the Kiwis.
“If we kick as inaccurately in general play as we did today we’ll be having a rough time.”
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Indeed Australian groups have had a wretched latest time of it towards their Kiwi rivals.
The Waratahs are the final Aussie membership to raise a mixed trophy in 2014 and the bookmakers predict the heavyweight Blues and Crusaders to duke it out once more within the remaining this yr.
The first eight rounds of the season have been home affairs as a result of COVID-19 however that every one modifications in Melbourne this weekend.
Stan Sport’s Nick McArdle pressed the likeable Coleman for extra particulars of his chinwag with Rennie.
“I said I’m coming for your job mate!” Coleman joked.
“No, he’s a good man, he’s a ripper of a bloke.
“He’s been a very good little sounding board for me, as have all of the Wallabies workers, Wisey (Scott Wisemantel) and Matty Taylor, they’re superior blokes.
“Obviously I’m in my first year having a crack at this and going into my first shot at the Kiwis so I wanted to bounce some ideas off him and try and figure out how we’re going to attack these fellas.
“He was a very good sounding board, had his personal concepts and a bit extra across the psyche and it was actually useful.”
The Waratahs-Chiefs clash is the first of a six game men’s Super Round, giving Coleman’s crew a huge opportunity to set the tone for Australia and prove they’ll be no pushovers in 2022.
While acknowledging they would start underdogs, Wallabies legend Tim Horan said NSW had a genuine shot at beating the Chiefs, a notion that couldn’t be genuinely spruiked last season.
“When he (Coleman) says the psyche, it is nearly their pondering and the way they really strategy the sport, the Kiwis and the way fast they’re with their skill-sets and the way they assault – they need to play an up-tempo recreation,” Horan said on Stan Sport.
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“All the Australian groups are going to must play one other two or three notches above to match these Kiwi groups subsequent weekend…
“You’ve got four Australian teams in the top eight.
“I ponder what number of are going to be within the high eight within the subsequent 3-5 weeks?”
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The Waratahs were ruing a missed bonus point against the Force after leading the hosts 22-0 after just 14 minutes.
The Force teamsheet had been thrown into disarray before kickoff with captain Feleti Kaitu’u (calf), Jeremy Thrush (soreness), Bayley Kuenzle (gastro), and Toni Pulu (concussion) late scratchings along with COVID-19 casualties Izack Rodda, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa and coach Tim Sampson.
“It appears to be the identical story for us sadly,” Force skipper Kyle Godwin said of his side’s sluggish starts.
Meanwhile, Coleman’s decision to play dual openside flankers Michael Hooper and Charlie Gamble paid off handsomely with both men impressing in the big win.
But Gamble, playing in the No.6 jersey, was cranky at missing out on that bonus point after Mark Nawaqanitawase’s late try was scrubbed out for a knock on.
“That’s powerful for us, we thought it got here off the foot,” Gamble said.
“We misplaced that essential bonus level. Hopefully it does not come again to chew us in the long run.”
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