Waratahs forward Douglas hoping for one last hurrah
WARATAHS lock Kane Douglas is looking forward to linking with Irish powerhouse Leinster later this year, but he has some unfinished business to take care of at home first.
The 25-year-old will line up against the Brumbies in tomorrow night's Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney, but Douglas is determined next weekend's grand final against the winner of tomorrow's other semi-final between the Crusaders and Sharks will be his last before heading to the Emerald Isle.
"I'd rather make this my second-last game," he said. "We know they'll be tough - they're a bloody good side."
The Waratahs will start favourites after finishing on top of the Super Rugby table for the first time, and beat the Brumbies 39-8 at ANZ Stadium a month ago.
But Douglas (pictured) said the team had worked hard on not getting ahead of itself.
"Obviously you have a few little things you work on to mix it up, but we don't want to change too much because it's working," he said.
"We still have to get our jobs done. In terms of our preparation, we don't need to go wild and go for ice baths every day and all that. We've got a good routine and we'll stick to that ahead of the game."
Douglas will be joined in the second row by enforcer Jacques Potgieter, with big Will Skelton moving to the bench, where he will be used as an impact player.
"They play a similar style of footy so that doesn't faze me too much," Douglas said.
"I'd struggle from the bench. I'm more of an endurance player while they're both more the big energy, big impact players."