It was certainly a season to forget for the NSW Waratahs. The Sydney based Super Rugby side finished their 2017 campaign with just four victories after 15 fixtures. Like their Australian counterparts, they failed to record any victory over New Zealand opposition and they finished behind the Brumbies, the Queensland Reds and the Western Force in the Australian standings.
Head coach Daryl Gibson has come under server criticism throughout the season and the players have had to come out on more than one occasion to publicly back the New Zealander. There has been a restructuring of the coaching ticket too with Gibson set to take over defensive duties and Nathan Grey set for the assistant coach role.
A comprehensive review has taken place within the Waratahs and one of the areas which they are desperate to work on is the fitness and conditioning of the players. That looks to be a serious issue as the players have already begun preparations for the 2018 season with time trials and gym work already taking place this week.
Winger Cam Clark spoke to rugby.com.au and insists that the players are determined to right the wrongs of last season.
“We were very disappointed with last year and if our standards were up to scratch, we’d be playing next week in the final,” he said.
“Unfortunately we’re not there but we’re in here trying to make change and do the best we can to make sure we’re there next year. We’re trying to put that behind us and look at what we can fix and what we can do better in this block we’ve got building up now.”
Clark is excited about working with new Waratahs contact coach, Simon Cron, who comes in from Northern Suburbs Rugby.
“He’s a great coach and I’m sure he’ll offer a lot to our forwards especially with his knowledge around the breakdown and that contact area so I’m sure he’s keen to get stuck in with us and I’m sure all the guys are looking forward to it.”
The Tahs conceded more points than in any previous Super Rugby campaign so the squad will have plenty of work to do over the coming months to get things back on track.
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