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Waratahs desperate to give fans something to cheer against Brumbies

“We’re not talking about results at the moment. We need to focus on our process to get there,” Gordon said.

“We need to make our fans, our family, our state proud. We don’t want to talk about skill. We want the fans to talk about how hungry we are to win, [particularly in the] the non-talent areas … like not rolling over after we have a few tries scored against us.

“For us it’s about the crowd watching and being like, ‘they’re really here getting stuck in’.”

Whitaker said it was important the Waratahs played with freedom against a Brumbies team coming off a 42-14 victory over the Western Force.

“In the past I think we’ve been a bit guilty of going into our shells and playing too conservative,” Whitaker said.

“With the Brumbies I think everyone knows you can’t give them opportunities. They are so good at what they do and they are so comfortable with what they do. They’ve obviously got a very good set-piece and they back themselves to kick for the corner and go for seven points. One thing you can’t do is let them get into your end.”

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The Waratahs have conceded over 40 points a game in this Super Rugby AU campaign, which is the most by an Australian team and the 10th highest per game of any team in the history of Super Rugby.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Reds have been given the green light to return home to Brisbane on Sunday. The team travelled to Melbourne on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday’s match with the Rebels.

There were concerns the team might have to relocate their round eight match against the Brumbies but the fixture will remain at Suncorp Stadium in what will be a top of the table clash.

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