Interim co-coach Chris Whitaker says the NSW Waratahs want a cultural overhaul after their season from hell plumbed new depths on Friday evening.
Winless in eight Tremendous Rugby AU video games, the Waratahs opened their Trans-Tasman marketing campaign with a 64-48 loss to the Hurricanes in Sydney.
Whitaker was dismayed the Tahs might put virtually 50 factors on the Hurricanes but nonetheless end empty-handed.
“There have been simply too many tender tries. It is simply not acceptable. There have been three or 4 tries the place people must put their hand up and say that is not adequate.”
The cricket-score defeat on the SCG featured 17 tries in whole, one lower than probably the most in any Tremendous Rugby sport in historical past when the Chiefs edged the Lions 72-65 in a staggering contest in Johannesburg 11 years in the past.
“The unhappy factor is there was some good footy on the market. Either side performed some good footy and sadly the truth that they scored 60-odd factors goes to overshadow that we scored 48,” mentioned Whitaker, who was particularly gutted for his halfback and captain Jake Gordon.
“When Jake had the ball, he was placing guys by means of half holes all day.
“There have been some actually good performances on assault however sadly we have to play on each side of the ball.”
Whitaker believes the Waratahs’ conventional attacking model has lastly caught up with them.
“As a result of we’re an attacking workforce, defence has been on the backburner for thus lengthy,” mentioned the 1999 Rugby World Cup winner.
“Within the Sydney market, everybody desires to see attacking rugby however I believe the mindset wants to vary.
“In case you take a look at groups all over the world who win competitions, it is on the again of their defence.”
Ominously, the Hurricanes completed final within the Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa.
With video games towards New Zealand’s high 4 sides to return, together with two throughout the ditch, the Waratahs are staring down the barrel of their first-ever winless season.
“We have been written off all 12 months, so what’s new?” Gordon mentioned.
“However we’re making an attempt to enhance. We’re determined to enhance.
“However, to be sincere, I do not care what (folks) write, it is extra essential what we do.
“We do such nice work in assault and we glance good for lengthy patches within the sport – and defence we did too – after which we’ll miss a one-on-one.
“Defence is an actual challenge in the mean time. Gamers have gotten to take possession of that.”