Waratahs faced with task of con­tain­ing Sonny Bill Wil­liams

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

THEY won’t be start­ing any fights with him but Waratahs play­ers say they’ll need to swarm all over Sonny Bill Wil­liams to knock down the gi­ant cen­tre in his de­but for the Cru­saders on Fri­day night.

Wil­liams is set to re­turn from a foot in­jury – and a short stint in pro­fes- sional box­ing – by be­ing named for the pow­er­ful Kiwi fran­chise in their side to play NSW in Nel­son.

The Waratahs will have to with­out one of their key play­ers, how­ever, af­ter Ber­rick Barnes was ruled out with con­cus­sion. His place will be taken by Daniel Halan­gahu.

Wil­liams was picked for the All Blacks last year af­ter play­ing for Can­ter­bury in the NPC but, if se­lected, it will be SBW’s first game in Su­per Rugby.

NSW in­side cen­tre Tom Carter will mark SBW and said the key will be repli­cat­ing the Tahs’ ag­gres­sive de- fence against the Reds last week.

‘‘ We have our own strate­gies in place and we just have to de­fend as a unit,’’ Carter said.

‘‘ That’s the key, you can’t de­fend in iso­la­tion other­wise they will pun­ish you. I won’t be start­ing a melee with him.’’

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