The Courier-Mail

RIVALS COP SPRAY FOR CRACKDOWN ON TAHS’ TACTICS

- IAIN PAYTEN

WARATAHS assistant coach Nathan Grey suggested rivals are upset with a fiery new brand of Australian physicalit­y after NSW again came under the spotlight of SANZAR and their campaign to clean up Super Rugby.

The Waratahs crashed to a 27-22 loss to the Lions in Johannesbu­rg yesterday and the SANZAR judiciary could weaken their chances of defending their title, following the citation of Rob Horne (pictured) on a lifting tackle charge.

In a game where NSW were again heavily scrutinise­d, Horne was one of two yellow-card recipients for lifting Lion Lionel Mapoe. A SANZAR citing commission­er later ruled it met the red-card threshold and sent Horne to a judicial hearing, a week after Tolu Latu and Will Skelton received bans.

Grey indicated rivals don’t like a combative Waratahs attitude.

“There’s a big difference between foul play and being physical, and for a long time Australian sides have been on the end of it.

Now people are standing up for themselves a bit and it seems like other people don’t like it.”

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