Tahu makes impact in Waratahs’ opener


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High-profile rugby league convert Timana Tahu had a hand in two of New South Wales Waratahs’ three tries in a scrappy 20-3 Super 14 rugby win over Wellington Hurricanes on Saturday.

The explosive Tahu, playing on the wing on his rugby debut, made the final passes for fullback Lachlan Turner’s two tries as the Waratahs, an under-achieving second last in the 2007 season, launched their campaign with a promising victory.

Tahu, who scored more than 100 tries in nine seasons in Australia’s National Rugby League, had few opportunities but made the most of his possession to set up Turner’s tries.

The Waratahs led 10-3 at halftime and capitalised on a sloppy Hurricanes’ performance to have the game well won with Turner’s second try six minutes from full time.

Tahu handed on a pass to give Turner a clear run to the left corner in the 18th minute and Wallaby flanker Rocky Elsom exposed poor Wellington defence close to their try-line minutes after the resumption.

Elsom surged off a pick-and-go in a maul close to the Hurricanes’ line and reached out to plant the ball over the try-line.

Tahu was on the spot again in the 74th minute when he put Turner in the right-hand corner after several phases inside Wellington’s quarter.

The Hurricanes’ task was not made any easier when centre Ma’a Nonu was sin-binned for using his knees in a tackle with minutes left.

The Waratahs, shaken up after just three wins and a draw last year, were guilty of haphazard kicking, while fly-half Kurtley Beale landed just a conversion and a penalty from five attempts.

For the Hurricanes, fly-half Jimmy Gopperth kicked one penalty goal from two attempts.

Sapa-AFP –Super14.com   

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