Welsh rugby legend Jamie Roberts said he felt like an “impostor” while celebrating NSW’s drought-breaking Super Rugby win over the Drua in round one.
Amid the heartwarming and rousing rendition of the team song was the humorous sight of Roberts fumbling his way through in the Waratahs dressing room.
“That was quite an embarrassing moment for me actually,” Roberts told Stan Sport’s Rugby Heaven last night.
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“The lads jumping around in a circle at the end of the game, singing the Waratahs song. I’ve not been here long enough to learn the words to the song so I felt a bit of an impostor.”
The win snapped NSW’s 13 game, 538 day victory drought dating back to 2020.
But Roberts – who came off the bench for his Waratahs debut against the Drua – wasn’t surprised.
“The amount of potential there is quite scary,” said the 97 Test centre, who is again among the substitutes for tonight’s clash with the Reds at Leichhardt Oval.
“It’s ramped up, there’s no doubt that about that. You can feel the nervous energy, NSW-Queensland derby is a big one.
“It’s always a massive one in the State of Origin rugby league isn’t it but I get the impression it’s quite similar in union.”
Roberts was also amused by his Waratahs teammates nervously monitoring the weather for the Queensland clash.
“The lads are having big discussions about how to play in the rain,” Roberts said.
“I think they need to come up to Wales. We have discussions about how to play in the dry.”
WARATAHS (15-1): Alex Newsome, Dylan Pietsch, Izaia Perese, Lalakai Foketi, James Turner, Ben Donaldson, Jake Gordon (c), Will Harris, Charlie Gamble, Jeremy Williams, Geoff Cridge, Jed Holloway, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Dave Porecki, Angus Bell
Reserves: Tom Horton, Tetera Faulkner, Ruan Smith, Hugh Sinclair, Carlo Tizzano, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Jamie Roberts
REDS (15-1): Jock Campbell, Jordan Petaia, Josh Flook, Hamish Stewart, Filipo Daugunu, James O’Connor, Tate McDermott (c), Harry Wilson, Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Blyth, Taniela Tupou, Alex Mafi, Feao Fotuaika
Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Spencer Jeans, Lawson Creighton, Mac Grealy
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