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Same again for Waratahs

The Waratahs will take the same side into their first home match of the Super Rugby season against the Reds after coach Chris Hickey found no reason to change the side who smashed the Melbourne Rebels in their season opener.

Hickey studied his team's 43-0 first-round win on DVD before deciding against tinkering with his line-up for the Reds' visit to ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

"We had a look at the individual performances, the overall team performance and the form of the players in the Junior Waratahs and we found no reason to make any changes ahead of Saturday's match," Hickey confirmed.

"There are still things to work on from the Melbourne game, but everyone who took the field deserves the opportunity to maintain their place in the side.

"We were lucky enough to come through the match largely unscathed so there were no injury issues determining selection and the players who are currently out aren't in a position to come back yet so those decisions were a lot easier."

The Reds have not beaten the Tahs since 2004 but four of the seven losses in the last six seasons have been by seven points or less, last year's clash saw a late Wycliff Palu try give the Waratahs a 30-28 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Hickey expects a vastly-improved performance from the Queensland side after the Reds' fortuitous 21-20 win over Western Force last weekend and is urging NSW fans to turn out in big numbers.

"Last year was a memorable Templeton Cup clash and I don't think this year will be any different," Hickey said.

"There was a lot of passion, almost 60 points scored and the game wasn't decided until the 80th minute.

"We want to see a huge crowd at ANZ Stadium for the clash and want everyone to get right behind us because we really need everyone's support."

PA