Tahs ready to move on from horror Lions loss

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Waratahs are putting the pen through their meek defeat to the Lions, having identified a handful of areas where they must improve upon before they tackle the Blues.

NSW returned to headquarters today after a few days off during bye week and immediately cast their eye over the tape of Friday's loss.

While it wasn't pretty, prop Sekope Kepu said it provided clarity before the Tahs host the Blues on Saturday week.

"We just had a long, hard review and a look of the game against the Lions and the coaches picked out a few things," Kepu said.

"We gave up a few too many turnovers and gave them opportunities to pounce and score some points.

"We were also giving them easy outs.It was tough going for the Waratahs at Allianz. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"There's a few things there but the good thing is that they're all fixable.

"It's just about guys nailing their roles."

The Waratahs scrum was hot and cold after coach Daryl Gibson named a pack capable of going toe-to-toe with the Lions.

"The scrums and lineouts, we looked at," Kepu said.

"Again, we overcooked a couple, guys missed their roles but in the scrums I thought we battled well.The Waratahs struggled to find spark against the Lions. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"Those little moments that we switched off and didn't go through that process, you give away a short arm penalty and they get an easy exit and get points out of that.

"It's a work on and I thought we put them under pressure at times in the scrum, especially."

Training will continue tomorrow before the players are given the weekend off, all eyes turning to a Brookvale Oval showdown with the Blues on Saturday week.

"Come back Monday and it's another week out at Brookvale - which is exciting," Kepu said.

"You always get a good crowd and it's a good opportunity for the locals to get out.

"Our next game is the Blues and that's all we are focusing on.

"They're a quality team and we have to prepare our best."