Tahs faced with long injury lay-offs for key players

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The NSW Waratahs are bracing for all times with out key pair Jake Gordon and Joey Walton as coach Rob Penney known as for much less “bathroom seat moments” in Saturday’s Tremendous Rugby AU conflict with the Brumbies.

Gordon, in his first sport as captain, scored after three minutes nevertheless it was all downhill from there in a season-opening 41-7 loss to the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

Gordon was his aspect’s finest participant however added extra complications for Penney when he limped off with an ankle harm within the second half.

No.12 Walton additionally suffered an ankle harm whereas No.13 Izaia Perese was red-carded for a harmful deal with and can miss three video games of an eight-game common season.

Penney will title a substitute captain on Tuesday for a aspect already lacking greater than 1500 video games of Tremendous Rugby expertise from departures within the final two seasons.

“They’ll be out for a time frame, I don’t know the extent however actually received’t be obtainable in subsequent week or so,” Penney mentioned of Walton and Gordon.

The Waratahs allowed three tries in 9 minutes after Gordon had scored, then saved the Reds scoreless for 20 minutes whereas a person down earlier than the hosts scrossed twice within the final 9 minutes to arrange their largest Tremendous Rugby victory over their state rivals.

“There have been large levels of diversion,” Penney mentioned of the Waratahs’ efficiency.

“There was some actually good bits, however some actually ugly bits.

“We’re liable to have bathroom seat moments – up and down – it’s not an excuse, however we’ve simply obtained to get higher.”


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