HSBC Waratahs score ten-try victory in Newcastle


The HSBC Waratahs collected their second trial victory in the space of a week, running in ten-tries-to-nil against the Fiji Warriors to record a 60-0 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle.

The Waratahs dominated early possession and field position, but it took until a rolling maul in the 15th minute to lay the platform for the first try of the game, scored by local hero Timana Tahu.


Tatafu Polota-Nau was held up on the stroke of quarter time, leaving the Waratahs up 5-0 at the first drinks break. The ensuing scrum at the start of the second quarter had the Warriors on the slide, and when it collapsed, referee Nathan Pearce had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try.


Tahu set up the Waratahs third try using pure speed to get outside his man in the 25th minute, drawing the fullback before sending Lote Tuqiri over 15m in from the left touchline.


Turner's conversion hit the post leaving NSW with a 17-0 advantage.


The Waratahs were almost in again after some unlikely forward play which involved a chip on halfway from Beau Robinson, the chase from Polota-Nau, an offload to Dean Mumm who then sent Scott Fava towards the posts before a great cover tackle jolted the ball free 5m from the line.


NSW soon had the ball back in good field position, however, and a neat pass saw Tom Carter slide down the right touchline before scoring 15m in for the Waratahs fourth try. Turner's conversion sent the Waratahs out to a 24-0 lead after 30 minutes.


A 60m clearing kick from Lachie Turner put the Waratahs deep in Fiji territory again, and a misdirected tap down from the lineout enabled Ben Mowen to put his hand on the ball for a 29-0 lead after 34 minutes.


The Waratahs again had good field position in the closing stages of the half, however defensive pressure from the Warriors twice forced errors which stopped NSW taking a bigger lead into the break.


A turnover in the 52nd minute delivered the Waratahs their first try of the second half. The ball was spread to the left from deep in NSW territory to Lote Tuqiri who chipped the final defender. When cover arrived the ball was toed infield by Sam Norton-Knight to Turner who collected the ball unmarked and dived over under the posts.


Turner was bundled over by his forwards a short time later to collect his second try, however the Warriors remained a handful whenever they had their hands on the ball.


Nine minutes from full-time Kurtley Beale delivered a cross-field kick reminiscent of the 2008 Super 14 Final, however this time it was Peter Playford flying high to score his third try in seven days.


Beale converted from wide out to take the score to 48-0.


A charge down shortly after saw Daniel Halangahu dive on the ball for the Waratahs ninth try, with Beale's conversion taking it out to 55-0.


After the full-time siren sounded Beale scored the tenth and final try of the match to secure a 60-0 victory.


The Waratahs will face the Brumbies on Thursday 5 February at the Sydney Football Stadium in their final pre-season trial.


In the night's curtain raiser, defending Country champions Newcastle Hunter defeated Central Coast 17-5.


HSBC Waratahs 60 (Lachie Turner 2, Timana Tahu, Penalty try, Lote Tuqiri, Tom Carter, Ben Mowen, Peter Playford, Daniel Halangahu, Kurtley Beale tries; Lachie Turner 3 cons, Kurtley Beale 2 cons) d Fiji Warriors 0 at EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle. 1/4 Time: Waratahs 5-0; 1/2 Waratahs 29-0; 3/4 Time: 41-0. Referee: Nathan Pearce.


By the clock
15th minute - Timana Tahu try; Lachie Turner missed conversion. Waratahs 5-0
21st minute - Penalty Try (Waratahs); Lachie Turner conversion. Waratahs 12-0
25th minute - Lote Tuqiri try; Lachie Turner missed conversion. Waratahs 17-0
28th minute - Tom Carter try; Lachie Turner conversion. Waratahs 24-0.
34th minute - Ben Mowen try; Lachie Turner missed conversion. Waratahs 29-0
52nd minute - Lachie Turner try; Lachie Turner conversion. Waratahs 36-0
60th minute - Lachie Turner try; Lachie Turner missed conversion. Waratahs 41-0
71st minute - Peter Playford try; Kurtley Beale conversion. Waratahs 48-0
74th minute - Daniel Halangahu try; Kurtley Beale conversion. Waratahs 55-0
80th minute - Kurtley Beale try; Kurtley Beale missed conversion. Waratahs 60-0






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