NSW Waratahs claim six-try victory at home


19/05/2018



By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The NSW Waratahs scored six tries to beat the Highlanders 41-12 to remain top of the Australian Conference at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

The 29-point win is the team’s highest ever recorded score against the Dunedin outfit.

NSW flyhalf Bernard Foley posted the first points of the night with a successful penalty to put the home team 3-0 up after six minutes.

Four minutes later and the Highlanders looked to have answered with a try of their own through halfback Aaron Smith, only to have it denied by the TMO after a forward pass was ruled in the lead up.

NSW winger Taqele Naiyaravoro scored his first of the evening off the back of some crafty counter attack, Foley’s missed conversion attempt giving NSW an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Highlanders winger Tevita Nabura was sent off two minutes later for kicking NSW winger Cam Clark in the face during a high-ball contest.

Down to 14 men and the home team on the attack, Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith was shown a yellow card for deliberately knocking the ball down at the 20-minute mark.

The NSW Waratahs took full advantage in the 24th minute, Naiyaravoro posting his second try of the half with a classy finish in the corner. Foley’s conversion gave NSW a 15-0 lead, a score line that remained at the halfway point.

It took all of three minutes for the first points of the second 40 to be scored, fullback Israel Folau scoring his 49th competition try to give NSW a 22-0 lead.

The Highlanders weren’t prepared to go quietly, striking back almost immediately through an Elliot Dixon try in the 46th minute. A successful conversion from flyhalf Lima Sopoaga brought the scores to 22-7.

A second try to Folau maintained the momentum, the fullback becoming the third fastest person to reach 50 Vodafone Super Rugby tries. His five-pointer increased the home team’s lead to 29-7 with 25 minutes remaining.

Fast forward three minutes and the Highlanders found themselves once again on the score board, this time through hooker Ash Dixon. Sopoaga’s unsuccessful kick left the visitors trailing 29-12 in the 58th minute.

While replacement halfback Nick Phipps was denied a try, centre Lalakai Foketi posted the next points in the 65th minute, complemented by Foley’s conversion for a 36-12 lead.

Two minutes later and Curtis Rona had found the line, finishing off an overlap to score in the corner and secure the final points of the night. The New South Welshmen finished the game off 41-12.

The NSW Waratahs’ six-try haul earned them a bonus point victory at home before heading over to Hamilton next weekend to face the Chiefs.

To see a full match re-cap, follow this link.

Scores:

NSW Waratahs 41
Tries: T Naiyaravoro 2, I Folau 2, L Foketi, C Rona
Conversions: B Foley 4
Penalty Conversions: B Foley

Highlanders 12
Tries: E Dixon, A Dixon
Conversions: Sopoaga
Yellow Card: A Smith
Red Card: T Nabura


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