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Israel Folau treble gets Waratahs off to a flying Super Rugby start


Triple treat: Israel Folau scores three tries for the Waratahs.

Triple treat: Israel Folau scores three tries for the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

The Waratahs will have to do ''plenty'' better than a barnstorming six-try win over the Western Force to topple arch rivals Queensland at ANZ Stadium this weekend.

NSW coach Michael Cheika said he was ''happy enough'' with his side's 43-21 bonus point effort against the Force on Sunday but the same again would not be enough against the Reds this Saturday.

The Richard Graham-coached Queensland side beat the Brumbies 27-17 in Canberra at the weekend and will travel to Sydney for the blockbluster fixture this week. ''They're a smart footy team, very well coached, so it's going to be a really good battle,'' Cheika said.

Strong opening: Kurtley Beale impressed for the Waratahs.

Strong opening: Kurtley Beale impressed for the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

Waratahs versus Force
View Match Statistics
Players Folau (1min, 22min, 65min), Alofa (40min), Douglas (56min), Beale (70min) Tries 6 Tries 2 Players Cummins (34min), Godwin (62min)
Players Foley 5/6 (83%) Conversions 5 Conversions 1 Players Holmes 1/2 (50%)
Players Foley 1/2 (50%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 3 Players Holmes 3/4 (75%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players

''We've got to remain consistent in our attitude and build our quality every week, because the quality wasn't there consistently enough today to beat Queensland.''

Cheika was a hard marker of his side's emphatic performance against the Force.

An Israel Folau treble and miraculous try to rookie Alofa Alofa delivered NSW an ideal start to the season.

Nick Phipps of the Waratahs feeds the scrum. Click for more photos

Waratahs vs Western Force - February 23, 2014

Action from the round two Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Western Force at Allianz Stadium on February 23, 2014. Photo: Getty Images

A back line stacked with ball players and a host of ball-carrying forwards attacked the Force's traditionally proud defence and it worked, NSW dismantling the West Australians to score three tries before and after the break.

There were handling errors galore and a number of missed opportunities in attack early on, but a cleaner second half put the Waratahs beyond reach at Allianz Stadium despite glimpses of attacking potency from the Force.

''We were happy enough with that number because the Force are a good defensive team and not easy to break down at all,'' Cheika said. ''They play a lot of guys up in the line so we have to work hard to get those tries.''

High flying: Israel Folau of the Waratahs.

High flying: Israel Folau of the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

But Cheika said there was a lot to do before meeting a Quade Cooper-led back line on Saturday.

''Plenty really,'' he said. ''They have a totally different game and I think they're going to go back to their very unpredictable formula where they try something new every week and come at you.

''We're going to have to be much tighter in our defence for sure. You saw the Brumbies tried to slow them down at the ruck and that was not successful for them, so we're going to have to be very good with our tackling.''

Stand-out performances from NSW forwards Paddy Ryan, Will Skelton and Wycliff Palu, among others, put the Waratahs on the front foot, and the class and pace of backs Folau, Alofa, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale finished off enough opportunities to make the difference.

Three penalties to Force five-eighth Zack Holmes and tries to Nick Cummins and Kyle Godwin kept the visitors in the hunt for 65 minutes but it was not enough when their forwards tired and NSW emptied their bench.

Force coach Michael Foley was left to rue his side's defensive lapses which, particularly in the second half, allowed veteran NSW midfield Matt Carraro to slice through twice and set up tries for his teammates.

''Forty-one points scored against you comes back to your defensive system,'' Foley said.

''A number of times there we had [them] under pressure and took some points out of it but too easily got too tight in defence and they got around outside of us and we were chasing them. For a very talented group, they're going to punish you. We worked extremely hard for 14 weeks and [defence] was actually a strength for us last year.

''We had a game like this against the Brumbies in Canberra last year and we were disappointed about that and responded well. We spoke about in the dressing room … I do think it's something we can address.''

NSW WARATAHS 43 (Israel Folau 3, Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale, Kane Douglas tries Bernard Foley 5 cons pen) bt WESTERN FORCE 21 (Nick Cummins, Kyle Godwin tries Zack Holmes con 3 pens) at Allianz Stadium. Referee: Rohan Hoffman. Crowd: 15,785.


  • Thank-you Tahs... it's a nice start !

    inner west sydney
    Date and time
    February 23, 2014, 7:02PM
    • Falou thanks to the afl training now you can fly!!!!

      Date and time
      February 23, 2014, 10:01PM
    • Dear oh dear Anna. The reason he was given a contract in AFL was because of his leaping abilities in league.
      Don't get too excited Tahs, just yet.

      Date and time
      February 24, 2014, 7:03AM
    • Dear oh dear Johnny Boy......You might have forgotten that immediately before joining the Waratahs he spent two years with GWS honing his leaping and marking skills, on a daily basis. Are you suggesting that didn't help?

      Date and time
      February 24, 2014, 12:26PM
  • @machooka, You should be thanking the 25 people that went to the game to watch and thank the 2 stars of the show who are Rugby League players! embarrassing for Yawnion!

    Date and time
    February 23, 2014, 7:20PM
    • Tell me more about how many other countries take rugby league seriously

      Date and time
      February 23, 2014, 9:25PM
    • Hope you didn't interrupt your game of Draughts to make that comment.

      Date and time
      February 23, 2014, 9:41PM
    • Judging by the number of cars parked filling up the parkland in front of the SFS and SCG, viewed from Anzac Parade, you'd think there was a crowd of 40,000. Did all the 15,000 crowd drive there? maybe the conscientious Rah Rahs buy carbon offsets? Fitz, pray for the carbon credits.

      enough is enough
      Date and time
      February 23, 2014, 9:55PM
    • China, India, USA, Africa expect the bottom south, Indonesia, All of the Middle East, Pakistan - most of the populated world actually don't follow Union. What was your point?

      enough is enough
      Date and time
      February 23, 2014, 9:59PM
    • Perhaps we should just laugh at the fact the average Australian super rugby crowd was 2000 more than the NRL average in 2013.... or for a real hoot the fact the NRL had the lowest average crowd of all 4 football codes in 2013!!!

      Olly Clay
      32k vs 18k vs 18k vs 16k
      Date and time
      February 23, 2014, 10:00PM

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