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It's broke, time to fix it, says downhearted Palu

Feeling blue ... dejected Waratahs contemplated Saturday's defeat, their sixth in a row, to the Hurricanes at Allianz Stadium.

Feeling blue ... dejected Waratahs contemplated Saturday's defeat, their sixth in a row, to the Hurricanes at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

A FOUR-WEEK rest has morphed into a month of soul-searching for the Waratahs after veteran forward Wycliff Palu pleaded with his teammates to turn the microscopes on themselves after the side's 10th loss this season.

A desperately frustrated Palu, who played his first full game of the season against the Hurricanes on Saturday night, made the appeal as the team stood in a huddle moments after the bell sounded on the Waratahs' sixth straight loss.

''I just said [that] individually we have just got to change,'' the Test No.8 said. ''I think as a team we are not going too bad, just individual errors cost us at crucial times.

''Including myself, we have to go back and probably change what we are doing, whether it is preparation-wise or whatever it is. If we don't change, we are just going to keep doing the same thing.''

The message hit home for Palu's Wallabies teammate Adam Ashley-Cooper, who said he was finding it difficult to hold his head up after the 21-point loss.

''Drew [Mitchell] said a few things, Benny [Robinson] said a few things and 'Cliffy' then said we need to change something,'' Ashley-Cooper said.

''Whatever we do in our preparation, we need to change. That was a really good point from him, reaching out to the group and asking them to change something in their preparation that's going to make a difference … so when we come back and have our two last games, there's something there.''

Both men, senior squad members and experienced Test players, were at a loss to explain why the Waratahs' hard work in training was not paying off on the field.

''We are applying ourselves, there is a great deal of effort,'' Ashley-Cooper said. ''The preparation is great, the effort out on the field you can see is there. It is the execution, we are letting ourselves down with skill-based errors and that's not good enough at this level.''

Palu also came down hard on their execution of the basics.

''I think the way we attack we are pretty positive,'' he said. ''I feel we are playing good rugby, but again, simple dropped passes and things like that, and our defence in the last two weeks hasn't been up to it. In the past that was one of our strengths.''

While the break gives the players breathing space and time to think, coach Michael Foley and other Waratahs officials appear to be staring at month-long auditions for their jobs.

Waratahs Rugby chairman Edwin Zemancheff said yesterday the board would use the Test break and round-15 bye to assess the performance of all aspects of the club and its business and sporting operations.

The board has issued no official summonses to Foley or chief executive Jason Allen yet, but details are expected in the coming week.

At least for the next few weeks there is no threat of administrative fallout affecting the Waratahs' performance. For the 11 players in the Wallabies squad there exist opportunities. For the others, at the least, there is a circuit-breaker.

Foley conceded after the game on Saturday night that sustained speculation about his own job and the squad's woes had seeped into the side's psyche after a disastrous tour to South Africa.

''I think undoubtedly there are certain things that would shift people's thoughts,'' he said.

''I think it probably happens more in the moment rather than going into the game - maybe a decision is made on the back of some of that pressure … it's hard to know.

''There's definitely been a fair bit of [scrutiny]. Coming back from South Africa without a win was extremely frustrating for us and some of the commentary around the team, the team accepts the criticism well and truly, but [some of it] probably is a little bit distracting.''

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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