Fresh off the bye the Waratahs will be looking to put the Kings to the sword at home in Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
The return of Rob Horne is the big inclusion for the Tahs, he will start at outside centre pushing Israel Folau to his preferred position of fullback. Bryce Hegarty drops out of the 23. Towering lock Dave McDuling gets a deserved start after some impressive performances off the bench which sees underfire Wallaby Dean Mumm warming the pine.
Still no Malcolm Jaer for the Kings, with the star fullback again ruled out with knee soreness. Lock Irne Herbst returns to bolster the forwards along with veteran prop Ross Geldenhuys.
Stat that matters
The Waratahs have won 5 of their last 6 games at home to African opposition.
Makazole Mapimpi vs Taqele Naiyaravoro. Now there’s a tough twister for you! Mapimpi has scored some breathtaking tries in 2017 showcasing his extraordinary pace. He will have his work cut out this week though when he opposes monster winger Taqele Naiyaravoro. Keep an eye out for the flying South African’s trademark try celebrations if he does happen to cross the chalk.
The Waratahs will be looking to string together an 80 minute performance for the first time this season after some impressive patches yet disappointing results. They currently sit 4th on the Australian conference with just the two wins over the Force and the Rebels. The Kings will be keen to get their first win of the tour after going down to the Force and the Reds in successive weeks.
How it’s shaping
The Kings have nothing to lose in Sydney so expect them to throw the ball around. However, the Wolf believes the Waratahs will be far too good for the under pressure Kings on their home track and will kick off the weekend with a rare Australian bonus point victory.