The Waratahs have defended their handling of Bernard Foley's concussion after the star five-eighth was placed in doubt for Sunday's match against the Crusaders in Sydney.
Tom Decent is a journalist with Fairfax Media.
New Waratahs back-rower Ned Hanigan says he was "crapping bricks" before his Super Rugby starting debut but feels more assured at the top level and is hell-bent on "giving it to the Crusaders" next up.
Daryl Gibson has described the Waratahs' win over the Rebels as "chicken soup for the soul" and has asked his players to channel the belief they can come back from anything when they tackle Super Rugby's frontrunners the Crusaders in Sydney on Sunday.
Waratahs match-winner David Horwitz says he is one relieved man after backing himself to dive over and score a potentially season-defining try with seconds remaining against the Rebels in Melbourne.
Bernard Foley concedes he was somewhat rusty in his first Waratahs game of the year but he and coach Daryl Gibson agree NSW showed tremendous character with their "backs against the wall" to scrape by and beat the Melbourne Rebels in their own backyard.
The NSW Waratahs have averted a major crisis and got themselves well and truly out of jail, coming from 19 points behind at half-time to prevail 32-25 thanks to a David Horwitz try with 35 seconds remaining.
Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley admits he thought about his long-term health while recovering from a concussion, but says he is 100 per cent ready to steer NSW around the park on Friday against the Rebels.
Daryl Gibson says the time has come to blow up the Waratahs back line, with Israel Folau shifting to fullback and Nick Phipps dropped to the bench in what he admits is the biggest wielding of the axe in his time as NSW head coach.
Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey has foreshadowed a number of changes to the NSW side to face the Melbourne Rebels on Friday but the exact make-up of the team ahead of a "must-win game" might not be known until right before kick-off.
A security consultant who was charged after a listening device was found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel room in August has pleaded not guilty.