Waratahs discipline ‘not an issue at all’

Waratahs defence coach Nathan Grey has stated that his side do not have discipline problem after early season infringements have resulted in three yellow cards and a citing.

Forwards Dean Mumm and Will Skelton were sin-binned in the first half of their meeting with the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium last week, while Jeremy Tilse was yellow carded in the opening round against the Reds. 

Hooker Tolu Latu was also punished for his ill-discipline last week and was handed a one-week suspension after punching Brumbies centre Matt Toomua.

This wasn't Latu's first infringement resulting in a suspension after the former Australia U20 front-row was also suspended for a misdemenour last year, but Grey is adament that neither Talu nor the team as a whole have a discipline issue.

“In terms of discipline, it’s not an issue for our side at all,” Grey told Fox Sports.

“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 off-side, or taking the law into their own hands.”

The possible lack of depth with hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and utility back Bryce Hegarty out injured for eight weeks and the rest of the season respectively isn't unsettling Grey either, as the New South Wales franchise are expecting a number of players to return after next week's bye after picking up injuries in Canberra.

Fly-half Bernard Foley and prop Benn Robinson are set to be back for their contest with the Highlanders, and Grey is also confident that centre Rob Horne will be back in time for the clash at Allianz Stadium

Grey believes that his side can still land the top spot in the Australian conference and said they would use their bye to focus on areas that need improvement.

He said: “[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."