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NSW Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley has backed the NSW public to cheer the Waratahs to a back to back Semi-Final appearance at Allianz Stadium when the side meets the Highlanders on Saturday night.


The Highlanders defeated the Chiefs in the Qualifying Round of the Asteron Life Super Rugby competition 24-14 in Dunedin to book their Semi-Final berth in Sydney.


Speaking to media after training in Sydney on Monday, Foley spoke candidly about the need to pack Allianz Stadium with Waratah’s supporters.


“The games we played here last year at the end of the season was enormous for us. To have that home ground advantage, really gives us a lift. To get the NSW crowd back to loving their Rugby is great for us, “Foley said.


“We’ve been slowly building and we haven’t have the interruption where teams get broken up by the June International window and we’ve been able to build slowly and get that momentum rolling.


“I think the Highlanders are such a dangerous side. They showed on the weekend that they could be the mix of attacking flair, physicality and work rate which strangled the Chiefs out of the game.”


The Highlanders defeated the reigning champions in round five, 26-19 despite the Waratahs holding an impressive 62% of possession throughout the match.


NSW’s 124 runs for 907 metres, although impressive was not enough to impact the score board in that match, which Foley warned should be a cause for concern.

“We know firsthand how dangerous the Highlanders can be. Their wingers hurt us in Dunedin earlier in the year but I think we’ll be much better prepared this weekend.”


Foley himself will be instrumental to potential Waratahs success following a solid performance against the Queensland Reds in round 18. Foley was a part of five turnovers, had two try assists and personally scored 11 points in the Waratahs win over Queensland.


With the excitement of finals Rugby in the air, Foley said the Waratahs were looking forward to the occasion.


“This Saturday is a semi-final. It’s great to be in that position and we’re relishing the challenge.”


Courtesy of The Waratahs Media Unit

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