Cape Town - The Waratahs got their campaign back on track when they
registered a deserved 49-13 victory over the Western Force in Perth on
The 2014 champions made better use of their opportunities
with ball in hand and outscored their hapless hosts six tries to one, with
Bernard Foley contributing 19 points via five conversions and three
The Waratahs controlled the possession and territorial
stakes for large periods while the Force lacked cohesion and penetration in
attack which played a huge role in their downfall.
The win was the Waratahs' first since Round Five and
consolidates third position in the Australian Conference while the Force are
still firmly rooted at the bottom of that table.
The opening quarter was a dull affair with both sides
feeling each other out although the Force got the opening points via a Peter
Grant penalty in the first minute. They were soon reduced to 14 men though when
Semisi Masirewa was yellow-carded for taking Andrew Kellaway out in the air.
The visitors were level when Foley slotted the resulting
penalty and 10 minutes later Rob Horne crossed for their first try, after
Kurtley Beale showed great vision with a superb long pass to the wing when he
was tackled inside the Force's 22.
Foley and Grant traded further penalties which meant the
Waratahs led 10-6 by the half-hour mark but they went into the sheds holding a
17-6 lead after Nick Phipps barged over from close quarters for their second
try just before half-time.
The visitors continued to dominate after the interval, and
Foley extended their lead with another penalty in the 43rd minute. The Force
struck back with a try on debut, from a line-out drive inside the Waratahs' 22,
for debutant Harry Scoble but that was as good as it got for the home side.
The Waratahs put their foot on the gas in the final quarter
and outscored their hosts 29-0 during this period.
First Andrew Kellaway did well to shrug off two defenders
before offloading to Israel Folau, who got over for an easy five-pointer.
And five minutes later, Reece Robinson extended the
visitors' lead when he crossed the whitewash after being put in the clear by a
well-timed pass from Phipps, midway between the Force's 22 and the halfway
That meant the game was in the bag for the Sydneysiders but
they continued to dominate and finished the job with tries from Angus Ta’avao
and Jed Holloway inside the final 10 minutes adding the gloss.
Try: Harry Scoble
Conversion: Ben Tapuai
Penalties: Peter Grant (2)
Tries: Rob Horne, Nick Phipps, Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Angus Taavao-Matau, Jed Holloway
Conversions: Bernard Foley (5)
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Steve Mafi, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk
Substitutes: 16 Harry Scoble, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Kyle Godwin, 23 Albert Nikoro
15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Paddy Ryan
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro