Tahs ready to run down unpredictable Rebels
THE NSW Waratahs are banking on knocking over the unpredictable Melbourne Rebels tonight to get their Super Rugby campaign back on the rails before heading over to South Africa to tangle with the Sharks and Stormers.
Fired up by last weekend's 28-23 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra which knocked them down the ladder, the Tahs will be looking for a comprehensive bounce-back against the lower-placed Rebels before packing their bags for the tough South African double in Durban and Cape Town.
The Waratahs will base their game plan against disrupting the tactics of Rebels halfback Luke Burgess and physical No.8 Scott Higginbotham to shut down the Rebels attacking thrust.
The Rebels will unveil two Japanese internationals, centre Male Sa'u and hooker Shota Horie, who have both been named on the bench.
They have made two forced changes to the run-on side due to injury with fullback Jason Woodward (knee) and prop Laurie Weeks (concussion) sidelined.