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Polota-Nau wants to defy Loftus hoodoo



The Waratahs will be hoping to give hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau a massive celebration and break a hoodoo at Loftus Versfeld when they face the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in their Vodacom Super Rugby match on Saturday.

Polota-Nau will play in his 100th game for the Waratahs this weekend, eight years after making his debut in a friendly against Auckland in 2005 and keen to break a duck that has seen none of the current Waratahs side ever win in Pretoria in Super Rugby.

The hoodoo over Australian teams, who a few years ago described the ground as their most hated venue to play at, stretches back to 2007, when the last Australian team won at Loftus, while the Waratahs last tasted success in Pretoria way back in 2002.

The Bulls have a massively proud record over Australian teams, and Polota-Nau knows all too well what a massive task awaits him and his teammates.

"Having not won here at Loftus, that's probably one of my biggest aspirations to really knuckle down and get the win here," Polota-Nau told AAP. "It's definitely something I want to tick off, winning away games at these special places.

"Obviously there's a lot of talk around a well-documented sort of hoodoo thing. But at the end of the day it's a game of rugby and if you're the better team, you'll get the rewards for it."

Polota-Nau said NSW had discussed the losing streak.

"I think we've definitely confronted it. Obviously the mind-set has a big part to do with (breaking) it," Polota-Nau said about the losing streak that now stretches to seven games on the trot.

"They (The Bulls) are a team that really know how they want to play," Polota-Nau said.

"If we can disrupt a few of those circumstances and play to our strengths, hopefully we can shut them down early and take care of possession to attack off because a big part of their game is their kicking game.

"If we can retain the ball and not make them kick at all, it's halfway to getting a leg up on the Bulls."

The Bulls currently lead the South African conference and want the victory to bring their goal of winning the South African conference a bit closer.



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