NSW Waratahs clinch record win


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Photo credit: Karen Watson

Saturday night's match report was provided by NSW Rugby Junior Reporter, Zachary Cambridge of The Scots College, Sydney.

It was a frosty winter’s night at Allianz Stadium and it was set to be a cracker, and the NSW Waratahs and Sunwolves didn’t disappoint in an entertaining Vodafone Super Rugby match on Saturday night.

The game had it all – it delivered a record win for the home team, a 50th Vodafone Super Rugby appearance for hooker Tolu Latu and a record to blockbusting winger Taqele Naiyaravoro, whose two tries saw him overtake Israel Folau to become the top try scorer for a season.

The travelling Sunwolves were playing for nothing but pride against a NSW Waratahs side determined to remain top of the Australian Conference and secure a home quarter-final.

The Sunwolves were the first to score through a penalty by flyhalf Hayden Parker to give the visitors a 3-0 lead. But it didn’t take long for the NSW Waratahs to hit back through a well-worked try by prop Sekope Kepu. Captain Bernard Foley added the extras to put the NSW Waratahs 7-3 ahead and score his 900th Super Rugby point.

Eight minutes later the Sunwolves hit back through a Parker penalty after Will Miller was penalised at a ruck for playing the ball off his feet to reduce the deficit to 7-6.

The visitors kept the momentum going through a piece of individual brilliance by their leftwing Akihito Yamada, who gathered a kick close to the sideline to score under the posts. Parker converted to give the Sunwolves a 7-13 lead.

The NSW Waratahs hit back straight away through a hard-running, 50 metre runaway try by Israel Folau to reduce the Sunwolves’ lead to one point, 12-13.

The Sunwolves were eager to score again, and that’s exactly what happened when No 6 Michael Leitch scored after an explosive fend to his opposite number to extend his team’s lead to 12-18.

With six minutes left until half-time, the NSW Waratahs hit back with a brilliant team try, which was finished off by Kurtley Beale under the posts. Foley raised the flags as the ball flew between the posts putting the home side 19-18 in front.

On the stroke of halftime, the NSW Waratahs built on their lead when a bit of Foley brilliance sent Folau over in the corner for a 24-18 lead at the break.

After only 45 seconds in the second half, the Sunwolves gave away a penalty, allowing Foley to add the extra points. The NSW Waratahs continued with the roll on, an outstanding set play resulted in Ned Hanigan scoring down the left-hand-side.

The NSW Waratahs started to look unstoppable, a Rob Simmons line break resulting in a run-away try to Nick Phipps. Foley’s conversion sailed through the uprights to extend the lead.

Taqele Naiyaravoro was next to cross the tryline, which was a record-breaking one for the leftwinger for the most Super Rugby tries for a NSW Waratahs player in a regular season.

The Sunwolves scored quickly after through a speedy run down the side by Akihto Yamada scoring his second for the night and giving the Sunwolves a chance to get back into the game. The conversion was successful.

The NSW Waratahs weren’t fazed ever so slightly by the previous try, going straight back down to the other side of the field and scoring yet again, this time Curtis Rona placing the ball down, the flags yet again raised. Quick hands for the NSW Waratahs led to a try for No 8 Michael Wells. Foley landed the conversion.

Another try for the NSW Waratahs and a second for the super winger Naiyaravoro extended the home side’s lead. A quick double to replacement winger Alex Newsome finished off a record winning score of 77-25 for the NSW Waratahs.


NSW Waratahs:
Tries: Sekope Kepu, Israel Folau (2), Kurtley Beale, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Taqele Naiyaravoro (2), Curtis Rona, Michael Wells, Alex Newsome (2)
Conversions: Bernard Foley (7)
Penalties: Foley (1)

Tries: Akihito Yamada (2), Michael Leitch
Conversions: Hayden Parker (2)
Penalties: Parker (2)
Cards: Semisi Masirewa (red), Fumiaki Tanaka (yellow)







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