NSW Waratahs aim for quarter-final at home to Hurricanes at Leichhardt Oval

“I put pictures up after every home game on the hill, to show the guys how full it is,” he said. “Every week it gets more and more full and our aim is to maximize it. We had a great experience there against the Crusaders, with heartfelt and passionate support from the crowd.

The Waratahs are tied for fourth on points with the Chiefs after 12 rounds of Super Rugby Pacific.Credit:Getty

“For me personally it’s huge, I love the home advantage. Since the day I took this job, I dreamed of one day filling the football stadium. If we can start by filling Leichhardt this year, so over time, I think we can get there.

“Our fans will know that when they buy a ticket to our games, they’re getting an unqualified performance from a team that doesn’t give up.”

Boosting their preparation this week will be the news that openside Michael Hooper is set to return for the Hurricanes game, provided he clears concussion protocols.

Tighthead stalwart Harry Johnson-Holmes will miss at least the final three games of the regular season, but there was some consolation in the performance of Archer Holz, who held firm on his starting debut.

Waratahs manager Darren Coleman during NSW's clash with Moana Pasifika.

Waratahs manager Darren Coleman during NSW’s clash with Moana Pasifika.Credit:Getty

The Waratahs scrum was dominant against Moana Pasifika, with Angus Bell enjoying the advantage over the Wallabies and Waratahs legend Sekope Kepu.

Tougher tests await the team, including playing the Highlanders in balmy Dunedin in late autumn and hosting the class-leading Blues.

But in a promising sign, Coleman said he needed to remind his players to enjoy victory on Saturday, rather than drag them down from the clouds.

“I know it wasn’t against a real New Zealand franchise as such, but the boys weren’t over the moon, they came in saying ‘damn, we got away with that one “”, did he declare.

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“When you start writing down your wins, it starts to show that you’re getting used to winning and understanding how to win.”

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