NSW Waratahs in crisis after suffering shock 26-24 defeat to Southern Kings


NSW Waratahs in crisis after suffering shock 26-24 defeat to Southern Kings
  1. NSW Waratahs in crisis after suffering shock 26-24 defeat to Southern Kings
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    The NSW Waratahs are in the midst of a crisis after suffering arguably one of the most embarrassing defeats in the club's history with a 26-24 defeat to the Southern Kings in…
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The NSW Waratahs are in the midst of a crisis after suffering arguably one of the most embarrassing defeats in the club's history, losing 26-24 to the Southern Kings in Sydney. 

The Kings, who have been Super Rugby's biggest flops in the last two seasons, hit the lead 19-17 in the 68th minute against a Waratahs team littered with international representatives. 

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Upset: Lionel Cronje sets the Kings backs free. Upset: Lionel Cronje sets the Kings' backs free. Photo: Getty Images

The South Africans, who are almost certain to be booted from Super Rugby next year, then scored a penalty try, smashing the Waratahs pack time and again to the dismay of NSW fans, who booed their heroes as they packed up and left with minutes remaining. 

For context, in the only other match-up between the two sides, the Waratahs annihilated the Kings 72-10 in 2013, their biggest-ever victory. 

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Nadir: Rob Horne is wrapped up on a horror night for the locals Nadir: Rob Horne is wrapped up on a horror night for the locals Photo: Getty Images

How times have changed. 

The Waratahs froze with panic and no senior player led from the front with their backs against the wall and facing enormous adversity. 

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Questions now have to be asked of Daryl Gibson and his coaching staff in the coming days, for the Waratahs are now in crisis mode with six defeats from eight starts in 2017 and staring down the barrel of a horror year. 

If the Waratahs wanted to announce themselves as genuine contenders to play finals football, they fired a blank, showing fair and square they are nowhere near their best as they were outmuscled and outclassed in a David-versus-Goliath clash. 

If someone had said before the match the Kings would have 58 per cent of possession across the 80 minutes, you would have said they were dreaming. 

NSW were probably capable of winning by 30 or 40 points if they played their best football and would have privately been eyeing a crucial bonus point. 

Now, they go back to the drawing board in search of not just tries and competition points, but credibility among the NSW rugby community. 

To make matters even worse, the Waratahs led 17-0 after 34 minutes but capitulated, struggling at set-piece and coughing up too much football at crucial moments. 

Tighthead prop Paddy Ryan was penalised on a number of occasions at scrum-time and the absence of Sekope Kepu was clearly evident. Hooker Tolu Latu had an off night with his lineout throws. 

Michael Hooper, who has arguably been the Waratahs' standout player this year, was a broken man at full-time. 

While his efforts on a personal note have been unwavering, the effect of c…

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