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'Tahs aim to create more history

By Glenn Cullen 12/05/2005 07:18:41 PM Comments (0)

Their coach has steadfastly avoided talking about history throughout the Super 12 season but NSW will create a little more of it with a win over the Blues in Friday night's match at Aussie Stadium.

Having already racked up a breakthrough win against Queensland this year and a maiden defeat of the Brumbies in Canberra, the Waratahs are looking at a few more competition firsts.

A win will give the Waratahs nine for the season, eclipsing their 2002 record of eight wins from 11 games.

It will also pave the way for them to finish the season proper on top of the table for the first time with a home final at their disposal should they win their semi-final.

Their destiny is in their own hands as far as the latter two are concerned, a bonus point win ensuring the Crusaders - who play the Hurricanes two hours earlier in Christchurch - can't overtake them for first.

Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie, who has largely shrugged his shoulders when historical features of the competition have been brought up, said the team would stick to its game plan regardless of the Crusaders' result.

"We'll know the result (of the Crusaders match) we usually watch the game before anyway," he said.

"I can't imagine we are going to change the routine...it doesn't really change our approach."

McKenzie said if you wanted to look at history it would suggest a tough match with the Blues winning seven of the nine Super 12 contests between the teams.

They'll be facing a side that must win and then hope the Bulls go down to the Stormers and the Highlanders fall to the Chiefs to make the finals.

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