The Daikin Cooldown: Jaguares vs NSW Waratahs with Daryl Gibson


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The NSW Waratahs have returned home after going down to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. For this round’s edition of the Daikin Cooldown, we caught up with coach Daryl Gibson to get his take on the match and what the focus is for Sunday’s double-header at Allianz Stadium.

1. It was a tough start for the NSW Waratahs, what did the Jaguares do that was so effective?

I thought the Jaguares really improved from the last time we met. We were our own worst enemy at times, letting in a try in the first 17 seconds straight off the restart. Four tries in 20 minutes made it really difficult for us to get back into the game and ultimately, we were the architects of our own demise with those tries.

2. We kept the home side to only 5 points in the second half, what did the NSW Waratahs do to turn that for/against around?

We were much improved in the second half; initially we looked a bit shell-shocked from that beginning and it took us a while to get back into the game. On a positive note, we had set ourselves the improvement coming out of the Sharks game that we wanted to hold onto the ball for more phases. I felt we certainly looked better at times with the ball, but we were still lacking critical ball control.

3. What role did the bench play in the 21-point effort in the second half?

We rolled the dice a little there with bringing on our finishers early on in the game and I was particularly pleased with the impact of Bryce Hegarty. I thought he came on and really added to the team for the third time in a row. In the end, we were disappointed with letting those opportunities slip where we could’ve performed a lot better.

4. What are the key learnings from the games in Durban and Buenos Aires?

It’s the toughest part of our year over in terms of travel. We wanted to really maximise our opportunity against the Jaguares which we missed out on. In terms of improvement areas, we still continued to make a lot of errors through turn over which was preventing us from really nailing our opportunities we were creating in attack. Defensively, we were still missing too many tackles which was putting us under a lot of pressure.

5. What will be the key focus areas for the team ahead of Sunday’s match against the Melbourne Rebels at Allianz Stadium?

The Rebels have really improved since the last time we met and with Will Genia and Amanaki Mafi, they’ve got two of the form players in Australia at present. A lot of our ability to win this game will be how we stop those two – that will be key for us.

With the travel, it’s important we recover well. The boys are still waking up at odd hours in the morning and that’s been largely our focus at the moment in trying to get our sleeping patterns back so that we are in the right physical condition to take to the field.

6. The Melbourne Rebels are unbeaten so far, how do you think they will approach this match?

This is our first derby against an Australian team – we’ve been playing outside of our conference so it will be a good gauge for us to see where everyone sits in relativity. We are very much looking forward to the challenge of playing an Australian team.

The NSW Waratahs will take on the Rebels at Allianz Stadium for the Weary Dunlop Shield this Sunday 18 March at 4:00pm (AEDT). In a Ladies’ Day special, the NSW Women will face the Western Force Women in the second round of the Buildcorp Super W as the first match of the double-header afternoon.

This Sunday 18 March, the annual Ladies’ Day function will be taking place before the Tahs take on the Rebels for the Weary Dunlop Shield.

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