Gibson challenges SANZAR 'inconsistency' on lifting tackles

Georgina Robinson 10:10 PM   The Waratahs say they have no trouble with the crackdown on dangerous tackles - they just want the laws applied consistently.

Lance flies to aid of suspension-hit Tahs one last time

Flying in: Waratahs player Jono Lance will join the Waratahs in Johannesburg.

Georgina Robinson   Jono Lance jumped at the chance to help the Waratahs one last time before heading west to join the Force

Waratahs call up reinforcement

Jono Lance is heading to South Africa.

Utility back Jono Lance has been summoned to join the NSW Waratahs in South Africa after winger Rob Horne was suspended.

Horne banned for three weeks

Night to forget: Horne.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs will see out the regular season without Rob Horne after the winger accepted a three-week ban for a lifting tackle against the Lions at the weekend.

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Dennis confident NSW can battle on

In hot water: Rob Horne.

Georgina Robinson   They have lost their third player in two games to disciplinary bans but NSW captain Dave Dennis insists the Waratahs will stay positive heading into their penultimate regular season clash in Bloemfontein this week.

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Yellow cards cost Tahs dearly against Lions

Nabbed: Bernard Foley of the Waratahs attempts to split the Lions defence.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs have again slammed the frequent use of stoppages in Super Rugby after a bonus point loss to the Lions left them clinging to top spot in the Australian conference overnight.

Wife's labour taught Taqele about toughness of character

Flying Fijian: Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Daniel Lane   Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has busted through defensive lines and trampled over opponents like they were ants but the 120 kilo battering ram says he's never witnessed greater calmness under pressure, or toughness, than his wife displayed when she went into labor and there was no hope of getting her to the hospital in time.

Complacency not an option for Waratahs against Lions

Milestone man: Waratahs centre Kurtley Beale.

Georgina Robinson   ​Kurtley Beale says the Waratahs have steeled themselves against complacency heading into a vital highveld clash with the "dangerous" Lions in Johannesburg.

Dennis welcomes Mumm's return in Waratahs' hour of need

Improver: Dean Mumm is in the running for a Wallabies jersey.

Georgina Robinson   Dean Mumm will turn out for the Waratahs for the first time in three years in Johannesburg this weekend. His former teammate Dave Dennis has seen a change in the 33-Test former Wallaby.

Skelton must maintain rage for Waratahs, but legally

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Spiro Zavos   The Waratahs need enforcers, but they have to play by the rules.

It's Lions v Wallabies: Johan Ackerman

Dangerous runner:  Israel Folau of the Waratahs.

The NSW Waratahs may be running on to Ellis Park, Johannesburg without forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu on Saturday evening (Sunday morning AEST), but that has not stopped rival coach Johan Ackermann from describing the contest as "Lions versus the Wallabies".

Waratahs fail in bid to appeal pair's bans

Unhappy: Tolu Latu (left) and David Dennis of the Waratahs look dejected as referee Marius van der Westhuizen shows Latu a yellow card during the match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs failed in their bid to have four and two-week bans against Tolu Latu and Will Skelton respectively quashed on appeal.

Precedent shows SANZAR gunning for the tip tackle

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson   Tips for young players: say sorry and say it early. Super Rugby's governing body SANZAR are gunning for the tip tackle this season. Will Skelton and Tolu Latu have learnt that the hard way.

Lions will be harder for the Waratahs than grand final rematch

Paul Cully dinkus Dinkus

Paul Cully   There's no mystery why the Waratahs are throwing every legal resource at trying to get Will Skelton and Tolu Latu cleared for their tip tackle on Sam Whitelock.

Forget Origin, Tahs are back

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

Peter FitzSimons   After a slow start, the Waratahs are displaying the form that won them the Super Rugby title last season.

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Thursday is D-day for banned Tahs

Will Skelton has travelled to South Africa despite the two-match ban.

Thursday looms as a significant day for the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby campaign with the appeals for key forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu now a lock.

Tahs rookie Roach to face Lions den

Big test: New NSW hooker Hugh Roach has a big job ahead of him.

Georgina Robinson   It was all going so well. How one tackle has the potential to turn the Waratahs' hard-fought season on its head.

Tahs set to appeal Skelton, Latu bans

Giant frame: Waratahs player Will Skelton during training at Moore Park.

Adrian Warren   Coach Michael Cheika reportedly 'emotional' after receiving news of bans to key forwards over lifting tackle

Cheika confused over perception of Skelton

SPORT: Waratahs training.    Michael Cheika.             Photo: Edwina Pickles. 24th March 2015.

Daniel Lane   A bemused NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika asked whether people wanted a "soft" Super Rugby team or a "hard" unit after his 140kg wrecking ball Will Skelton came under intense scrutiny for playing tough in Saturday night's victory over the Crusaders.

Potgieter offers new NSW enforcer some advice

Giant frame: Waratahs player Will Skelton during training at Moore Park.

Georgina Robinson   Jacques Potgieter has a message for Will Skelton: throw your weight around but pick your moments.

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