Waratahs suffer another big loss to Leeton

Waratahs captain Tim Corcoran is met in a strong tackle on Saturday.

Waratahs captain Tim Corcoran is met in a strong tackle on Saturday.

Despite a third loss to Leeton this season, Waratahs coach Angus Macloed knows Leeton are beatable.

The only club to hand defeat to the Wagga club in two seasons was at it again on Saturday to be the first time into the grand final.

While impressed with another strong performance by the Phantoms in the 66-27 win, Macloed thought his team offered them plenty of opportunities.

“We have to starve them off the ball and we didn’t do that,” Macloed said. 

“We have to make one-on-one tackles and we didn’t do that either.

“They are a great side, there is no doubt about that, but every side is beatable and we have to figure out how to do it. When we stuck to our structure we put 27 points on them so we can currently match them but we have to do that for 80 minutes.”

Waratahs now must beat Wagga City in Saturday’s preliminary final at Conolly Rugby Complex to make it through to their third straight grand final.