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WARATAHS defence coach Nathan Grey stated he’ll conduct an exhaustive evaluation into his work after a “shattering” season that ended with NSW’s worst ever defensive record.
In dropping to the Force 40-11 in Perth, the Tahs leaked 40 factors or extra for the fourth straight recreation and for a staggering seventh time in 15 video games this season. Both are unprecedented in Australian rugby.
To put it in context, the Waratahs solely conceded 40-plus factors 12 occasions within the earlier 281 video games since 1996, and as soon as went seven years (2003-2010) with out doing it as soon as.
The Tahs gave up virtually 35 factors per recreation in 2017 and Wallabies followers are involved that Grey is now shifting to be full-time defence coach of the Test group.
But departing veteran Dean Mumm stated blame for the Tahs’ defensive catastrophe ought to fall on the gamers, not Grey.
“It is the old saying defence is a factor of attitude,” Mumm stated.
“Basically I don’t assume lots of the errors have been associated to systematic errors or one thing ‘Greysie’ might do. They have been extra down to the angle and the willingness to win the contact, which we didn’t have and didn’t nail. Once you lose that, it doesn’t matter what buildings you set in place.
“Ultimately it’s not up to him at that time limit.”
Grey wasn’t hiding away from his share of duty, nevertheless, saying success or failure in rugby was a few collective effort by coaches and gamers.
“It was really shattering,” Grey stated.
“To see the work the boys put in but then not delivering on the grass, the most important area, it was really disappointing. “It is certainly something I won’t look back on fondly but like all negative things you have use it and figure how it can make you better. Be honest and get busy getting better.”
Grey stated there’d been solely “tweaks” to the NSW defensive buildings this yr however nothing main.
“You look at all the errors, both system-wise and one-on-one stuff, the most disappointing thing is guys are putting themselves into positions but not executing,” Grey stated.
Asked if he was assured the defensive failures wouldn’t carry via to the Wallabies, Grey stated: “You have to be.”
“I am very confident as a coaching group we will look at how we can do things better,” Grey continued.
“Of course there’s a concern there (concerning the NSW defence) and an acknowledgment that we’ve got to proceed to get higher and be accountable.
“But we aren’t hiding away from something. The actuality is we’ve got to get on with the job in entrance of us.
“I’ll assure I’ll be working my ass to be sure that the whole lot is working.”
Mumm stated the Waratahs’ “consistently poor” defence was a symptom of a necessity for the Waratahs to minimize ties with the fading success of 2014, and to forge a robust new tradition out of the present adversity.
“Defence is a reflection of the strength of your culture and your ability to dig in for each other,” Mumm stated.
“We can say all we would like on that entrance however notion is actuality if you take a look at the numbers.
“There comes a time when you’ll be able to not relaxation on what has been.
“It’s been an excellent couple of years after a win now, and plenty of the remnants of that tradition are gone now.
“So the institution of a brand new tradition turns into actually necessary. And tradition issues. Ultimately you take a look at the groups beneath menace this yr, the Force is an instance. The Kings is a very good instance.
“They’ve united beneath adversity, and it’s actually highly effective.
“There is a chance right here now for the Waratahs to set up a brand new tradition.
“We want to get a degree of integrity again into the best way we play, and also you earn respect from the best way you play, not what you have got executed beforehand.”