Gibson backs Tahs attacking game

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by AAP

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson will back the attacking instincts of his surging Super Rugby side on their nailbiting run home.

Heading into the last two rounds, the Tahs are level on points with Australian conference leader the Brumbies, who hold top spot because they have one more win.

NSW face a critical match next Saturday at home to the Hurricanes, who are five points ahead of them and hold one of the Australasian group wildcard spots.

The Tahs have produced some dazzling rugby in the two matches either side of the June Test break, running in 15 tries.

They crossed nine times in Saturday's 57-12 rout of the Sunwolves in Tokyo, having posted six-five pointers against the Chiefs in their previous game.

Their only defeat in their last seven matches was away to the Crusaders, when they played a more defensive game than in their two most recent outings.

The Waratahs have scored 15 tries in their last two matches. Photo: Getty Images

"Certainly I think our players respond to that type of freedom and we pride ourselves on our attack," Gibson said on Sunday.

"We want to be an attacking team, we want to keep the ball in play and keep the ball alive.

"I'd love to be able to play a really strong kicking game, but I think it takes time, it takes a lot of practise and to have really good kickers.

"So for us it's about balance and making sure we play to our strengths."

Gibson was wary of the attacking capabilities of a "very dangerous" Hurricanes side.

"They are an exciting team, with the likes of (All Blacks five-eighth) Beauden Barrett," Gibson said.

"He's in some form, he really had an excellent series with the All Blacks and he really is such an attacking threat.

"Then you've got Dane Coles, who as captain really leads by example and as a hooker he does some stuff really that you don't expect of a hooker."

Gibson said it would be presumptuous to target a bonus-point against a team like the Hurricanes.

NSW backup halfback Matt Lucas suffered lateral ligament damage to an ankle in Tokyo and is in doubt for Saturday's game.

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