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Cheika praises Waratahs after record Reds victory

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika

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Article Published: Saturday 1 March 2014|

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika has praised his players after they smashed the Queensland Reds 32-5 at ANZ Stadium to win the Templeton Cup.

The Waratahs recorded their highest ever Super Rugby over their interstate rivals.

Cheika attributed his side's record-breaking win on its execution of the basics.

"The game plan was simple; nothing too technical... just committed to working hard," he said.

"Rugby's a simple game - if you run hard, pick your spots and get good go-forward, we've got guys who can play."

Cheika reserved special praise for two-try hero Israel Folau, who NSW fans voted as their Man of the Match for the second week running.

"He's a good player - and most importantly he's blending into the team's fabric. He knows where to be and he's getting even more involved in the line."

Cheika was hesitant though to make too much to his side's impressive start to the season.

"We're mature enough to know there's a long way to go. We've only played two games and we've got 14 to go so we're only really at the bottom of the mountain."

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