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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.

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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