Waratahs openside Michael Hooper believes a bit of momentum can ensure that his side's playoff destiny is in their own hands..
Waratahs openside Michael Hooper believes a bit of momentum can ensure that his side's playoff destiny is in their own hands.
The 'Tahs have slipped to 6th behind the Western Force and Brumbies in the Australian Conference after winning one of their last three matches.
Now back in Sydney this weekend to face the Hurricanes, Hooper's objective is string together enough wins to make sure the Waratahs aren't depending on other results when it comes to the latter stages of this season.
“I still don't think we're relying on other results to pull us through to finals time,” Hooper told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“If we can string a few wins together from the next couple of weeks, we are right in the mix from our own doing.
“That's just back-to-back performances and getting all that stuff we've been talking about together.”
Hooper will be reunited in the back-row with his heavy ball-carrying colleague Wycliff Palu this weekend at number eight, with Hooper singling him out for some praise.
“It's great motivation having Cliff back,” added Hooper.
“His physicality and the opposition knowing he's in the team is good to have.”