Skelton not sweating over bonus points

Date published: July 5 2016

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Bonus points are precious for the Waratahs in the race for play-offs but they’re not at the forefront of the team’s thoughts according to Will Skelton.

The Wallabies lock started in his side’s big win over the Sunwolves last weekend in Tokyo, in which they scored nine tries.

However despite holding the same number of table points as Australian Conference leaders the Brumbies, the Waratahs sit in second place having won fewer games so far.

Bonus points therefore in the next two games could prove to be vital. Although so are victories.

“We’re just trying to play Waratah footy. That’s us,” Skelton told AAP.

“We’ve got to win games before you talk about bonus points. We know if we play our attacking footy, they’ll come. It’s not a priority for us.”

Coming back into Super Rugby with such a strong performance as well can only be good news for the Waratahs ahead of the run-in, given they showed few signs of rust ahead of facing the Hurricanes in Round 16.

“It’s always tough after a four-week break,” he admitted.

“You do lose a bit of momentum after a big win against the Chiefs, but I feel personally we did lift there against the Sunwolves and we’ve got that back, so we can try and put our best foot forward against the Canes.

“I know [the Hurricanes] will bring a lot because they’ve got a lot to play for as well,” Skelton added.

“It’s not a place we like being in, but we’re trying to control our own destiny here. That’s by winning and trying to win comfortably.”

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