The New South Wales captain Phil Waugh will make his 100th appearance for the Waratahs today as the Australian side look to maintain their winning start to the Super 14 season. The flanker will become the third player from the club to reach the landmark figure, but said he was more focused on the match with the Otago Highlanders than the milestone. "I've taken it one game at a time ever since I started so it's about playing against the Highlanders, winning the game and then when you come off you're icing up the bumps and bruises and getting ready for the Queensland Reds game," said Waugh.
"That's just the way that I've operated and how I think most guys operate." The Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said: "I think Phil's been a big part of what the Waratahs have been able to achieve, and nowadays he's grown into not only a great No 7 but he also provides great leadership to the team on and off the field." NSW have won both of their games so far while Otago are yet to pick up a point. In today's other match, the Wellington Hurricanes visit Canterbury Crusaders. Both teams have won one and lost one of their opening two games.
Tomorrow, the Wakaito Chiefs host the Natal Sharks, the CA Brumbies entertain the Western Force an all-Australian clash, the Golden Lions and the Pretoria Bulls go head-to-head in Johannesberg while the Cape Town Stormers welcome the Auckland Blues. In rugby league, there are four games in the Super League tonight. Warrington will be without forward Ben Westwood for their visit to Wakefield. The forward begins a five-match ban for a high tackle against the Catalans Dragons last weekend.
St Helens look to continue their 100 per cent record with a home game against winless Hull KR. Bradford face Huddersfield in a West Yorkshire derby, while Hull host Catalans. * With agencies