Cheika laments Waratahs inability to execute

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika has lamented his teams inability to execute at key moments in their 26-27 loss to the Cheetahs at home in Sydney.

The loss to the Cheetahs is the third in a row for the Waratahs who have now played four matches this season and won one.

The Cheetahs started strongly and scored the first try in under a minute but the Waratahs dug deep and took the lead again by half time.

However poor execution in the dying stages of the match proved the difference, with Dave Dennis’s Waratahs left missing several crucial opportunities in the narrow defeat.

“It was very frustrating because it’s not a game where we laid down or we didn’t work hard – because we actually worked hard – but we made some poor errors of judgment at poor times and they were able to capitalise.”

Captain Dennis agreed, admitting his side’s error rate proved the difference in the match.

“Those small errors hurt us, we kicked some balls away and I think that was consistent throughout the whole game,” said Dennis.

“We gave ourselves opportunities to win it or score points and those small errors let us down.”

Cheika also conceded the team would need to improve the mental components of their play, looking ahead to the game next Sunday against the Blues.

“We’ve talked a fair bit around the self belief of the team after a few hard years and that’s a battle we’ll have to get through. “

“We’ve got to have the resolve to say we’re going to fight our way out of this and become better.”

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