The tahs have made some changes for their big game against the Sharks this week. The exclusion of Israel Folau, coupled with the Sharks love of camping teams in their own half has meant four changes in the starting team:
1. Jonno Lance replaces Israel Folau at fullback, his kicking game with be imperative to a good result.
2. Rob Horne starts over the in form Alofa Alofa, this is clearly a tactical change focused on defence and not a slight on Alofa.
3. Benn Robinson returns to the starting team, with Paddy Ryan being benched
4. Wycliff Palu starts while the forward pack re-shuffles and Will Skelton returns to the bench as an important impact player.
Full Waratahs Starting XV:
Jono Lance, Rob Horne, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Peter Betham, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis (c), Kane Douglas, Jacques Potgieter, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson.
So what do you think? Has Cheika got the strategy correct for this important clash?