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Waratahs not getting carried away with early wins

Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has scored five tries in two matches so far

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Article Published: Tuesday 4 March 2014|

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Waratahs fullback Israel Folau says that they are not getting too carried away even though they lead the Super Rugby standings.

Folau has been the star of the Australian Super Rugby conference having scored five of the Waratahs 10 tries including two in their 32-5 victory over the Reds.

The fullback says that the Waratahs back line's potential is untapped due to their unpredictability from having two playmakers in five eighth Bernard Foley and inside centre Kurtley Beale - and him at No.15.

Folau also believes that the Waratahs have great depth in the backs and that gives them a variety of options available to them and keeps the pressure on those who are in the team.

Folau points out that the Waratahs started with a strong team and includes centre Rob Horne, halfback Brendan McKibbin and winger Matt Carraro who were on th replacements bench and adds that winger Cam Crawford, centre Jono Lance, and five-eighth Ben Volavola didn't even make the match day squad.

"We are lucky to have good depth in our team," Folau told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"We can chop and change different players in different positions. We have a lot of great players who haven't had a game this year - that's a good challenge ... wanting to train ... and to make the XV every time."

Folau rolled his ankle in the second half of the match against the Reds but says that he should be be fine to play for the Waratahs when they return from their bye to play the Brumbies in Canberra next week.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has told his squad to temper their satisfaction from having won their first two matches with bonus points.

When asked about the team's state of mind Folau said, "As a team we are pretty confident obviously. We know what we can achieve."

Folau added that he was not surprised by the success that the Waratahs have enjoyed so far because, "'we worked really hard in the off-season ... we have become a lot tighter."

The fullback was however quick to add, "We enjoyed the win ... (but) we can't get too carried away. It's only two games into the season ... We have to take one week at a time."

Speaking about his own performance in which he scored two tries against the Reds Folau Folau said that he is, "starting to get the feel now in the games and just following the ball around."

Folau points out that the forwards played a big part in winning the ball for the backs and that their defence has helped their attack.

"It's off the back of a great team performance," Folau said.

"Our defence on the weekend really set the platform, which rolled straight into attack."

Folau's fellow international and Waratahs back Adam Ashley-Cooper agreed with the fullback that the backs can only play weel when the forwards have done their job.

"We certainly won't be able to fire unless our forwards lay that foundation for us," Ashley-Cooper said.

"And for the first two games they have (done that)."

 
 
 
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