Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says his team deserves the support of the state on their run to the Super Rugby finals.
NSW could finish as high as second on the ladder, guaranteeing hosting rights for a quarter and semi-final this season, but it could be an uphill battle to build their crowds back up ahead of a possible title tilt.
Their last home finals game against the Highlanders in 2015 attracted 32, 632 fans to Allianz Stadium, well above this season's highest turnout, a 15,648 crowd for their SCG clash with the Reds.
Gibson said his side's character this season merited greater fan support, and matches against the Sunwolves and Brumbies would need to lay the foundations for that.
"We need more people to come and enjoy the game and really get behind this team because I think they're worthy of our support," he said.
"They've shown all year that they care in what they're doing and you're seeing that in the performances.
"We probably had no right to win that game on Friday night but we dug in for each other and came away with an excellent victory, minus a couple of our best players.
"So, it gives our team a lot of belief and really keen for the state to sawing behind them and give them the best shot they can to go forward in the competition."
The Waratahs have made just two changes to their team, with Israel Folau slotting straight into fullback after a one-week suspension, and Bryce Hegarty shifting to the bench, with Irae Simone dropping out of the 23.
Gibson there would be no hesitation in using Folau in the air off kick-offs this weekend, but the lawmakers needed to find a balance between player safety and fair contests.
"I think obviously that's still an area that the game needs to look at in terms of how we interpret the aerial contests we are getting," he said.
"And of course underlying all that is players' safety and we've never shied away from that, (the issue of) guys landing on their heads.
"It's a very difficult area to law and police, so I think it's one where coaches and administrators get together and try to work out a law to work towards those outcomes."
The Waratahs take on the Sunwolves on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.
IN: Israel Folau
OUT: Irae Simone
Waratahs to face Sunwolves.
1. Tom Robertson
2. Damien Fitzpatrick
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Rob Simmons
5. Jed Holloway
6. Ned Hanigan
7. Willl MIller
8. Michael Wells
9. Nick Phipps
10. Bernard Foley
11. Taqele Naiyaravoro
12. Kurtley Beale
13. Curtis Rona
14. Cam Clark
15. Israel Folau
16. Tolu Latu
17. Harry Johnson-Holmes
18. Paddy Ryan
19. Tom Staniforth
20. Brad Wilkin
21. Jake Gordon
22. Alex Newsome
23. Bryce Hegarty