Sydney - Fullback David Harvey scored 16
points on his debut as the injury-hit Force upset a
disappointing Waratahs 21-20 in Sydney on Saturday for their first
win of the Super Rugby season.
The 29-year-old Harvey, on a
short-term contract as the Force struggle to cope with the many injuries
to their squad, scored a try and kicked three penalties and a
conversion to end his new side's run of three losses.
It was a
fully deserved win for the Force, who controlled possession and
territory for long periods and bossed the breakdown against a lethargic
"Very proud of the team and the way we gutsed it
out," Force captain and openside flank David Pocock said in a
"It's been a tough time as a group but we
know where we are going and we have hung pretty tough and we have got
our first win."
The home side started brightly with a try in the
third minute, Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper touching down
after loitering at the back of a powerful Waratahs rolling maul.
Harvey slotted over a 10th-minute penalty to cut the deficit and the
momentum swung fully in the Force's favour in the 16th minute when
Waratahs lock Dean Mumm was sent to the sin bin.
A minute after
the lock was penalised for hitting the ball out of the hands of Force
scrumhalf Brett Sheehan, Harvey crossed for a try after cutting a great
line and collecting a nifty offload from flyhalf James Stannard.
The Force dominated possession from then on but conceded a second try
just before halftime when Waratahs winger Tom Kingston collected a loose
ball and won a sprint to the corner.
Television replays showed
the try should not have been awarded with Waratahs scrumhalf Sarel
Pretorius, whose kick Kingston collected, knocking the ball on when he
forced the turnover with a tackle.
Flyhalf Daniel Halangahu
converted brilliantly from the touchline but another Harvey penalty cut
the Waratahs lead to 14-13 at halftime despite the home side having only
25 percent of the ball.
Halangahu kicked two penalties and
Harvey one at the start of the second half before the Force scored the
game-winning try through Samu Wara.
Force lock Nathan Sharpe
deftly flicked a pass to hooker Nathan Charles and he fed Wara with the
winger cutting inside and touching down to give the visitors a 21-20
lead in the 64th minute.
"We let ourselves down and that is what
is going to happen in Super Rugby if you don't turn up on your game,"
Halangahu said after the Waratahs' second loss in four matches. Teams:Waratahs:
15 Bernard Foley, 14 Tom
Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Daniel
Halangahu (captain), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Tevita Metuisela, 7 Jono Jenkins, 6 Dave
Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn
John Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Lopeti Timani, 20
Chris Alcock, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Tom Carter
David Harvey, 14. Samu Wera, 13. Will Tupou, 12. Rory Sidey, 11.
Alifeleti Mafi, 10. James Stannard, 9. Brett Sheehan, 8. Matthew
Hodgson, 7. David Pocock (captain), 6. Angus Cottrell, 5. Nathan Sharpe,
4. Sam Wykes, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan
16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Kieran Longbottom, 18. Phoenix Battye, 19.
Richard Brown, 20. Justin Turner, 21. Ben Seymour, 22. Winston Stanley