Captain Dave Dennis says the NSW Waratahs have remained focused on their Super Rugby efforts over the international break before they play the Brumbies.
The lure of top spot on the Super Rugby ladder at the end of the regular season has ensured the NSW Waratahs have remained focused over the international break, according to captain Dave Dennis.
The Waratahs sit second behind the Sharks on the table with arguably their best chance to finally break their title drought.
After a three-week Test break, the Waratahs face the Brumbies on Saturday and matches against the Highlanders and Queensland before the finals begin on July 18.
NSW won four in a row heading into the international break and Dennis, who missed out on Wallabies selection, said his side were desperate to keep their form alive with No.1 position up for grabs.
“It’s not easy to keep up that momentum but, over this period, we have not dropped off in terms of intensity or our work ethic,” Dennis told AAP.
“Obviously, we have a fair number of guys away with the Wallabies, 10 or 12 in that regard.
“But that is no excuse for the guys that are here not to keep working hard and stay focused.
“We are very well aware that we need to maintain the momentum we had prior to the break when we all gather again on Monday for the Brumbies game.”
The Waratahs shared a rare cross-code training session with NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters during the week in a bid to keep their training upbeat.
Dennis said the challenge ahead of the Waratahs – to hit the ground running leading into the finals – was as much a mental one as a physical one.
“You get the physical side right in terms of managing guys, there are going to be guys who are coming off three Test matches so, physically, they are going to be a little bit worse for wear. And they might need to take it easy earlier in the week but that is probably the easier side to manage,” he said.
“The harder side to manage is to make sure guys stay motivated and get their attitude right but I have been very impressed this year with the attitude of the guys.
“I’m not really worried about them coming in and not being up for it.
“We have got three games to go in the regular season. We have a great opportunity to finish top of the log so the motivation is definitely there.”