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Burgess set to be declared fit for Tahs

By Samantha Broun 01/04/2009 05:24:50 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies halfback Luke Burgess is expected to overcome a corked thigh to play in an unchanged NSW Waratahs side in their Super 14 clash with the Stormers on Saturday night.

Burgess is to train for the first time on Thursday since being forced from the field after starring in last Friday's 27-22 hoodoo-breaking win over the Blues in Auckland.

Coach Chris Hickey said the fitness of Burgess and centre Rob Horne (flu) would be monitored over the next few days but he expected both players to recover in time.

After securing NSW's first win at Eden Park since 1928, Hickey is focused on extending a 10-match winning streak at the Sydney Football Stadium.

"Just because you win doesn't mean you don't look at areas you might want to change up a bit, but we felt sticking with the same starting XV and bench was the way to approach this week," said Hickey.

"Last week we had quite a few worries hanging over the team.

"Phil Waugh had his lower leg problem, Dan Palmer had a virus and Kurtley came down with tonsillitis.

"All of those blokes have come through into this week pretty well and will enter the match against the Stormers physically stronger than they were last week.

No.8 Wycliff Palu will earn his 50th Super Rugby cap in the Stormers clash.

Waratahs: Sam Norton Knight, Lachie Turner, Rob Horne, Tom Carter, Lote Tuqiri, Daniel Halangahu, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, Phil Waugh (capt), Ben Mowen, Will Caldwell, Dean Mumm, Dan Palmer, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Res: Damien Fitzpatrick, Sekope Kepu, Chris Thomson, Luke Doherty, Brett Sheehan, Kurtley Beale, Timana Tahu.

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