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Five essential ingredients to get within Bulls' roar


The Waratahs believe they are still a Super Rugby finals chance. Yet the next three rounds playing South African teams will make or break them. Greg Growden provides five clues of what is required to beat the Bulls tonight.

Steady hand ... John Ulugia's accuracy at the lineout will be essential.

Steady hand ... John Ulugia's accuracy at the lineout will be essential. Photo: Quentin Jones


Take advantage of any opposition leg-up

The Waratahs discovered last Saturday night how to hand victory to an opponent, wasting many excellent scoring chances in the opening 25 minutes where they could have taken a considerable lead. The moment was lost. Then a major defensive lapse just before half-time gave the Brumbies the momentum to win. The Waratahs coaching staff have all week been telling the squad that every chance has to be taken, and to ensure that, communication must improve. The team had become good talkers but, against the Brumbies, they went silent, with concerns that players lacked a real understanding of what to do when attacking breaks were made. The Bulls won't give the Waratahs as many potential easy points. This time around they cannot waste any.


Win the restarts

The Waratahs have caught the old Wallabies disease - messing up both their own and opposition kick restarts. Numerous teams, including the Crusaders, have been successful in comfortably taking the Waratahs kick-offs and shielding the player taking the kick. The Waratahs have failed to provide similar support. What happens at the restarts gives teams a psychological boost - including from the start. As Reds coach Ewen McKenzie explained in yesterday's Herald: ''If you are good enough, the kick-off can be a great strategic weapon, as you can give the opposition the ball in a way that causes maximum stress and confusion.''


Ulugia's lineout throwing has to be up to scratch

Tatafu Polota-Nau is not the world's best lineout thrower, but he has improved and will be missed tonight. In his absence, there is a lot of pressure on John Ulugia, who didn't help himself against the Brumbies when a poor lineout throw in the final minutes ruined any hope of the Waratahs making a comeback. It's not surprising that all week the Waratahs worked on their lineout, with Ulugia and Josh Mann-Rea throwing to a variety of jumpers. The Bulls are excellent lineout exponents, and will either gobble up anything that is misdirected, or moan to the referee.


Don't drop the bomb

The outcome could hinge on whether Bulls five-eighth Morne Steyn's radar is working. You can expect at least a dozen points from his goalkicking boot, and then there is the accuracy of his high kicks, aimed at putting a relatively raw Waratahs back three - Daniel Halangahu, Tom Kingston and Atieli Pakalani - under intense pressure. One fumble under the high ball and the Bulls could be seven points better off. Waratahs halfback Sarel Pretorius knows exactly what the Bulls will do and explained that the Waratahs had to do everything they could to protect their wingers. Steyn also knows how to attack the line.


Use the crowd to your advantage. Run first, kick next

You can usually gauge if the Waratahs are on song by the reaction of the Sydney crowd. They will accept some midfield kicks, but never a glut. Berrick Barnes showed against the Brumbies that attacking the line can work, and it is again an option the Waratahs can use to their advantage.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 35vs FJI 11 Report Stats
TGA 10vs GEO 17 Report Stats
IRE 50vs CAN 7 Report Stats
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 32vs JPN 34 Report Stats
FRA 32vs ITA 10 Report Stats
SAM 25vs USA 16 Report Stats
WAL 54vs URU 9 Report Stats
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NZL 26vs ARG 16 Report Stats
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SCO 45vs JPN 10 Report Stats
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AUS 28vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 38vs ROM 11 Report Stats
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NZL 58vs NAM 14 Report Stats
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ARG 54vs GEO 9 Report Stats
ITA 23vs CAN 18 Report Stats
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SAF 46vs SAM 6 Report Stats
ENG 25vs WAL 28 Report Stats
AUS 65vs URU 3 Report Stats
SCO 39vs USA 16 Report Stats
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IRE 44vs ROM 10 Report Stats
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TGA 35vs NAM 21 Report Stats
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WAL 23vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 41vs CAN 18 Report Stats
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NZL 43vs GEO 10 Report Stats
SAM 5vs JPN 26 Report Stats
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SAF 34vs SCO 16 Report Stats
ENG 13vs AUS 33 Report Stats
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ARG 45vs TGA 16 Report Stats
IRE 16vs ITA 9 Report Stats
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CAN 15vs ROM 17 Report Stats
FJI 47vs URU 15 Report Stats
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SAF 64vs USA 0 Report Stats
NAM 16vs GEO 17 Stats
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NZL 47vs TGA 9 Report Stats
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SAM 33vs SCO 36 Report Stats
AUS 15vs WAL 6 Report Stats
ENG 60vs URU 3 Stats
ARG 64vs NAM 19 Report Stats
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ITA 32vs ROM 22 Report Stats
FRA 9vs IRE 24 Report Stats
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 23vs WAL 19 Stats
NZL 62vs FRA 13 Report Stats
IRE 20vs ARG 43 Report Stats
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AUS 35vs SCO 34 Stats
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SAF 18vs NZL 20 Stats
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ARG 15vs AUS 29 Stats
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SAF 24vs ARG 13 Stats
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 106 17
Wales 4 3 1 0 49 13
England 4 2 2 0 58 11
Fiji 4 1 3 0 -17 5
Uruguay 4 0 4 0 -196 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
South Africa 4 3 1 0 120 16
Scotland 4 3 1 0 43 14
Japan 4 3 1 0 -2 12
Samoa 4 1 3 0 -55 6
USA 4 0 4 0 -106 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 125 19
Argentina 4 3 1 0 109 15
Georgia 4 2 2 0 -70 8
Tonga 4 1 3 0 -60 6
Namibia 4 0 4 0 -104 1
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 99 18
France 4 3 1 0 57 14
Italy 4 2 2 0 -14 10
Romania 4 1 3 0 -69 4
Canada 4 0 4 0 -73 2
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