Super Rugby: Waratahs to ease training load to recover from gruelling travel schedule

THE Waratahs could be without injured Wallaby Ned Hanigan but will rush Test duo Sekope Kepu and Rob Simmons back into the starting side to meet the in-form Melbourne on Sunday at Allianz Stadium.

But, according to coach Daryl Gibson, the Tahs’ “obstacle” to fixing the problems of their loss to the Jaguares will be the need to majorly cut back training and physically recover after a gruelling trip home from Buenos Aires.

The Tahs arrived home on Monday night after completing a 30,000km, 60-flying-hours tour of South Africa and Argentina in the past two weeks.

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Though Gibson stressed the travel demands would not be used an excuse, he said “tired” defence was a factor in letting in four Jaguares tries in the opening quarter and the focus would be on ensuring players were physically fresh on Sunday against the Rebels.