Skelton : Waratahs are ‘starting to put it together’

Waratahs lock-forward Will Skelton and outside-back Rob Horne say that they are both confident that the Super Rugby Champions are building at the right time of the season.

The Waratahs lost their opening match to the Western Force and were inconsistent as the season progressed but they have now won their last three matches and are back in the play off places.

Last week’s victory over the Brumbies has seen the Waratahs close what was a ten point gap in Round 5 to a one point gap in the overall standings.

Skelton says that last week’s victory over the Brumbies might not have been a complete performance but they are happy to be winning mtches.

“A win’s a win,” Skelton said. “There are always things that we can improve on.”

“I guess that’s the satisfying thing, we’ll look back from after a game and review it and say we’ve got a lot of things that we need to work on, but to still get the win is pleasing.”

Horne echoed his forward teammate’s comments by saying that confidence was building throughout the side.

“I think we’re starting to put it together now,” Horne said.

“We’re earning some good tough wins and that self-belief is certainly starting to come back over the group.”

This week sees the Waratahs travel across Australia to meet the Western Force, a side that has managed to squeeze and frustrate the Waratahs in their last two encounters.

And while the Force have yet to post a second victory in 2015 since getting the jump on the Waratahs in this year’s opening fixture, Horne believes that their opponents will be itching to inflict more pain on his side.

“How the Force play their game plan has I guess had the edge on us the last few times we’ve met,” Horne said on the Waratahs site.

“It’s up to us to go out and execute as well as we can because if we don’t we know that they’ll capitalise on our mistakes.”

“They brought a lot of intensity in that (round one) game and we weren’t up for it and it’s as simple as that.

“It’s always tough going over there. They’ve got a great home crowd that gets behind them when they get their tails up so I’m really looking forward to getting over there.”

Although the Waratahs will expect to get the job done over their interstate rivals, the Waratahs will know that the Force have been competitive in each of their games losing on average by just 8.1 points a match and reflected by the seven bonus points earned along the way.

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