“Will is still young and tries to put a lot on his plate and be in control and do a lot of things,” Whitaker told the Herald. “It’s admirable and 100 per cent that’s why you love him, but I think we need to take some of the stuff off his plate because he’s in charge of a lot of things for a young guy that is probably too much.
“This week you’ll definitely see a lot more settled game from him and him not trying to worry about the bigger stuff. He will be more focused on getting himself into the game.
“Maybe the boys were a little bit too excited or too anxious. We turned over way too much ball, so I think if anything the guys have got to relax a little bit and build into the game.
“We scored that first try after three minutes and probably got ahead of ourselves because we tried to score in every phase after it and just turned the ball over too much.”
The Waratahs have named Moeroa as Joey Walton’s injury replacement at inside-centre, while new skipper Alex Newsome will come in from the wing to wear the No.13 jersey.
“He’s a bigger ball-carrier and a bigger person in the centres. Hopefully he’ll give us a bit of go-forward,” Whitaker said of Moeroa. “He’s been around rugby league for a while, he knows how to get up for games.”
Mark Nawaqanitawase will start on the wing, with rising Randwick utility back Triston Reilly named for a potential debut on the wing, while Jack Grant is promoted to starting halfback in the absence of injured skipper Jake Gordon.
“He’s put on a bit of size and got a bit bigger and worked hard on that contact,” Whitaker said of Nawaqanitawase, who after some decent early performances was overlooked for the rest of 2020. “He’s got some skills you can’t coach.
“Jack gives us that ability to change the game up when we have to.”
Last week’s No.6 Will Harris, has been ruled out with a shoulder complaint but NSW get Lachie Swinton is returning from suspension.
The Brumbies have made one change to their starting XV, with Folau Fainga’a ruled out due to a sore toe according to coach Dan McKellar, who is predicting a big response from a wounded Waratahs team.
“They’ll have a bee in their bonnet about that [loss],” McKellar said. “We expect a team that is fired up.”
The Brumbies have won 16 of their previous 17 games on home turf and beaten the Waratahs by an average of 30 points in the last two matches in Canberra.
“They’re the form team and they’ve got runs on the board,” Whitaker said.
Meanwhile, Suliasi Vunivalu will come off the bench for the Reds in their clash against the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.
After serving a week suspension for an alleged altercation with a security guard, Vunivalu is on the cusp of a professional rugby debut, having switched across from rugby league following a NRL premiership with the Melbourne Storm.
Reds prop Taniela Tupou returns to the starting side, while the Rebels have opted for Matt To’omua at No.10 and Reece Hodge at No.12 for their first hit-out of 2021.
Brumbies v Waratahs, GIO Stadium, Saturday 7.45pm (AEDT)
Brumbies 1-15: James Slipper, Connal McInerney, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Mack Hansen, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks.
Bench: Lachlan Lonergan, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Tom Cusack, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa.
Waratahs 1-15: Angus Bell, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Sam Caird, Jack Whetton, Lachie Swinton, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Dempsey, Jack Grant, Will Harrison, James Ramm, Terapi Moeroa, Alex Newsome, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jack Maddocks.
Bench: David Porecki, Tetera Faulkner, Sio Tatola, Jeremy Williams, Hugh Sinclair, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Triston Reilly.
Reds v Rebels, Suncorp Stadium, Friday 7.45pm (AEDT)
Reds 1-15: Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Seru Uru, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell.
Bench: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Sam Wallis, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Suliasi Vunivalu.
Rebels 1-15: Cabous Eloff, Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa’amausili, Steve Cummins, Trevor Hosea, Brad Wilkin, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Stacey Ili, Lachie Anderson, Tom Pincus.
Bench: Ed Craig, Isaac Aedo Kailea, Rhys Van Nek, Rob Leota, Josh Kemeny, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani.
Tom Decent is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald
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