NSW Waratahs defence coach Nathan Grey is adamant his Super Rugby side doesn’t have a discipline issue despite early-season problems in that area.
Against the Brumbies last Friday, the Waratahs had forwards Dean Mumm and Will Skelton sin-binned before the break and Tolu Latu suspended for one week for punching Matt Toomua.
The latter won’t miss a Super game as the Tahs have a bye.
The Waratahs also had prop Jeremy Tilse sin-binned in their first round fixture against the Reds.
Hooker Latu was also suspended for an incident last season, but Grey denied both the front-rower and Waratahs in general had a problem in the discipline department.
“In terms of discipline, it’s not an issue for our side at all,” Grey said on Monday.
“It’s just a matter of making sure that we’re making the right decisions at the right time.
“Trusting what we’re doing to be able to put pressure on the opposition with our defence and also our attack.
“Not feeling as though they have to force the issue at the breakdown and getting offside, or taking the law into their own hands.”
Although the Tahs have lost hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau for up to eight weeks and utility Bryce Hegarty for the season, following injuries sustained in the Canberra loss, they are set to regain other troops following next week’s bye.
Grey said he expected both five-eighth Bernard Foley and prop Benn Robinson to be back in the selection mix for the next game against defending champions, the Highlanders.
He was also confident centre Rob Horne would recover from his knock last Friday in time to face the powerful New Zealand franchise.
Grey said the Waratahs would use the bye to work on a number of areas including their set piece and the contact area.
The Brumbies have the chance to pull eight or nine points clear of NSW after next weekend, but Grey was certain the Tahs would remain in contention for top spot in the Australian conference right to the end of the season.
“It (the bye) is a good opportunity to take our medicine and prepare ourselves accordingly and approach the three-game block with real confidence and purpose,” Grey said.