Photo: QRU Media - Meggie Whitchurch.
NSW U20s coach Pat McCutcheon has named an unchanged team to face the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night but the coach is expecting a very different performance from his side.
The young Waratahs were beaten convincingly by Queensland in Brisbane last weekend and now must beat the Rebels in their final regular season match to book a spot in the Super 20s decider on April 1.
“We were really disappointed with our performance against Queensland. It felt like we beat ourselves and Queensland were a good enough team to capitalise,” McCutcheon told Rugby News.
“We made too many unforced errors and our set piece just wasn’t up to scratch.
“We’ve had a big emphasis on retaining our own ball this week. From the detail in our lineout, to urgency at the breakdown. I’m hoping that will make a big difference in our performance,” he said.
Despite the disappointing performance against the reigning premiers last week, McCutcheon still seemed confident that his side could bounce back and win this weekend, and then go on to win the competition.
“Absolutely, the cattle we have are good enough to win this competition. When we put it all together, we are a dangerous team but as the saying goes, “potential means nothing if you don’t do anything with it.”
NSW U20s team to play Melbourne Rebels U20s.
Cody Walker, Phillip Bradford, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ryan McCauley, Tom Piroddi, Lachlan Swinton, Lachlan Simpson, Max Girdler, Theo Strang, Bayley Kuenzle, James Ramm, Daniel Boardman, Esera Chee Kam, Edward King, Tim Clements.
: Jack Nettleton, Harrison Chapman, Dan Matthews, Harry McLennan, Dom McGrath, Banjo Travers, Kepu Lokotui, Jackson Mohi.