But the value of Harrison won’t just be in attack. His left boot will bring back a valuable tool for escaping their own danger zone, particularly after NSW were poor in exiting their own half for much of the night in Canberra.
“We felt we didn’t exit very well, out of our own half. We sort of got pinned down in our corner a little bit and gave them some entries into our half too easy,” Newsome said.
“With Harro coming in, great player, good skill set, played a lot of 10 so he brings those skills and a left-footed kicking game, which is an asset to any team. Obviously, the Force have got a left-footer in Kyle Godwin there.
“It helps having a left-foot kicker, both sides of the field you can choose whether you want to use Donno or Harro. It just adds another dynamic to our side.
“Harro is just a good player in general. He is energetic, he jumps around … so we are hoping he is going to create more for us in attack.”
The Force delivered the Waratahs two tough losses in 2021, but the defeat in Perth was particularly brutal. NSW held a nine-point lead with eight minutes to go and looked set to claim a much-needed win.
But the Force scored a try and then went 20 phases to win a penalty and kick a match-winning goal long after the siren.
“We had two really competitive games against them last year, two really tight ones. Heartbreaking losses for us, one at home and then that one in Perth,” Newsome said.
“They like to hold the ball for long passages of play so we have make sure our discipline in defence is on song.”
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