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Bonus point Waratahs smash the Western Force

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The Waratahs ended a three match losing streak to the Western Force with a 13-49 victory at the nib Stadium in Perth.

The victory is the Waratahs third this season from seven matches while the Force have now lost six matches in a row.

The Waratahs points tally of 49 is their highest ever score in Perth and Israel Folau’s second half try makes him the leading Waratahs try scorer in Super Rugby history.

The Waratahs outscored the Western Force by six tries to one in the match so they earn their second bonus point for tries this season.

Despite the bonus point victory the Waratahs remain third in the Australian Conference while the Force remain last behind the Reds.

With a three-match losing streak against the Force and their season slipping away, the Waratahs could easily have been nervous heading into the clash.

However, they were far too good for the hapless home side in a lopsided match.

The Waratahs ran in two first-half tries to seize the ascendancy against a Force side which relied on penalties to keep them in the game in the first half.

Although Peter Grant kicked two early penalties for the Force, and sprayed another attempt badly, the Waratahs had the game in their control when they led 6-17 at half-time thanks to tries from Rob Horne and Nick Phipps.

In his first game back from injury, Horne crossed under the posts in the 21st minute, while Phipps reached over right on half-time.

The Force briefly revived their hopes with a 54th-minute try to Harry Scoble, the ‘Tahs put the game beyond doubt with two more tries in four minutes as they posted their highest score of the season.

Israel Folau became the greatest try scorer in Waratahs history in the 58th minute, with his fifth of the season and 30th of his time with the team.

In the 61st minute, Reece Robinson killed off the Force when a Phipps pass sent him racing down the sideline.

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said it was a win which was some time coming.

“That was what we talked about a – full performance,” he said.

“It was a great result.”

Force skipper Matt Hodgson admitted his side was thrashed.

“Our defence let us down and they took their opportunities,” he said.

Next week the Force host South Africa’s Bulls in Perth and the Waratahs play the Stormers in Cape Town.

Final Score Force 13 (6) Waratahs 49 (17)

Scorers

Force
Tries – H.Scoble
Pen – P.Grant 2
Con – B.Tapuai
Drop –
Cards – S.Masirewa (10th min yellow)

Waratahs
Tries – R.Horne, N.Phipps, I.Folau,  R.Robinson, A.Ta’avao, J.Holloway
Pen – B.Foley 3
Con – B.Foley 5
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO : Peter Marshall

Teams

Western Force

1. Francois van Wyk , 2. Heath Tessmann , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Sitiveni (Steve) Mafi , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Matt Hodgson (C) , 8. Ben McCalman , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Peter Grant , 11. Semisi Masirewa , 12. Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Marcel Brache , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements: 16. Harry Scoble , 17. Chris Heiberg , 18. Jermaine Ainsley , 19. Rory Walton , 20. Brynard Stander , 21. Ryan Louwrens , 22. Kyle Godwin , 23. Albert Nikoro

Waratahs

1. Paddy Ryan ,2. Hugh Roach,3. Tom Robertson ,4. David Dennis ,5. Will Skelton ,6. Jack Dempsey ,7. Michael Hooper (C)8. Jed Holloway,9. Nick Phipps,10. Bernard Foley ,11. Rob Horne ,12. Kurtley Beale ,13. Israel Folau ,14. Reece Robinson,15. Andrew Kellaway,

Replacements : 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

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