15 Jun 2013

Waratahs out to belt Lions

2:46 pm on 15 June 2013

The Waratahs are plotting to run the British and Irish Lions ragged in pursuit of a famous victory over the unbeaten tourists on Saturday night.

New South Wales hasn't beaten the Lions in more than half a century, but skipper Dave Dennis is convinced the Waratahs - even without eight Wallabies squad members - have the firepower to spring a boilover

Apart from ordering his charges to "belt the crap out of them", NSW coach Michael Cheika is urging the Tahs to persist with their ball-in-hand tactics in a bid to starve the Lions of possession.

Cheika has noted how the Lions have enjoyed the bulk of possession in their four previous tour games and wants the Waratahs to test their defensive stamina.

Meanwhile, the former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has continued his war of words with Australian rugby for fielding weak tour teams against the British and Irish Lions following their 64-0 drubbing of the Combined Country side earlier this week.

In his Daily Mail column Woodward, who coached the Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand, says the tourists could take virtually nothing out of the match in Newcastle and criticised the semi-professional Country side's players for smiling after the heavy loss.

Woodward says the Lions' tough 22-12 win over the Queensland Reds last Saturday was a great advertisement for Australian rugby but it had been followed by a soft, meaningless match.

Woodward last week accused the Australians of treating the tourists with contempt when the Western Force side rested several first team players.

He's suggested the Lions should consider not returning to Australia if they are continued to be offered weak opposition in preparation for the three-test series against the Wallabies.