Waratahs great Chris Whitaker is now an assistant coach with the NSW club.
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Sacked NRL coach’s shock Waratahs position

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Previous Panthers mentor Anthony Griffin is now lending the Waratahs a supporting hand.Supply:Getty Pictures

Axed NRL mentor Anthony Griffin has observed a new position supporting the rival code, bobbing up as a shock specialist for the NSW Waratahs.

Mentor Daryl Gibson has turned to Griffin to assist with his side’s assault forward of the 2019 Tremendous Rugby period and presently the previous Penrith and Brisbane mentor is proving a strike.

Sacked by the Panthers a thirty day period in advance of this year’s NRL finals, Griffin jumped at the probability to operate a 50 % hour session with the Waratahs backs in Sydney.

“He was actually great. It is just distinct suggestions and distinct strategies of performing points,” assault mentor Chris Whitaker instructed AAP on Friday.

“We requested him to arrive in and do a pair of basic very little performs we have been performing and clearly the rugby league fellas shell out a ton of time managing traces and managing choices and that is why they are so great at it.

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Waratahs great Chris Whitaker is now an assistant coach with the NSW club.

Waratahs good Chris Whitaker is now an assistant mentor with the NSW club.Supply:Information Confined

“It was very a basic session but the boys took so substantially out of it, specifically me and Daryl.

“He’s presented us a ton of suggestions, that is for absolutely sure.”

So extraordinary was he that Griffin’s informal consultancy will not be a just one off as the Waratahs appear to create on very last year’s operate to the semifinals.

Even though the Tahs’ assault finished the 2018 marketing campaign buzzing, Gibson has determined his side’s defence — which leaked 68 attempts this period — as a stressing weak point.

In addition to using previous longtime Ospreys mentor Steve Tandy as fulltime defence mentor, the Waratahs will simply call on Griffin’s practical experience in that section way too.

“He (Griffin) is also eager to do some defensive variety method things as very well,” Whitaker stated.

“Obviously (NRL sides) do a ton of deal with method, wrestling variety of drills, points like that, which I consider Steve would be quite eager to get into the process as very well.

“There’s clearly so numerous points they do in their sport we can find out off. We clearly just can’t duplicate and paste it but a ton of the concepts are quite equivalent.”

The Waratahs are not just working with Griffin to increase their horizons, with Gibson’s overall coaching employees arranging to notice a Cronulla Sharks coaching operate subsequent 7 days.

“Last calendar year we did a session with the (South Sydney) Rabbitohs,” Whitaker stated.

“It’s a great way to obstacle your self and just get out there among other athletics and see exactly where you are at.”

 

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