Waratahs crush Cats 50-3




Mat Rogers scored a stepping, weaving try which Peter Hewat converted before crossing for a try himself from the restart as New South Wales thrashed the Cats 50-3 Friday in a rugby union Super 14 match.

Rogers opened the scoring in the 6th minute when he stepped inside two defenders in an individual run to the tryline.

Hewat touched down a minute later after Lote Tuqiri made a strong break out wide following the kick restart and unloaded to his unmarked winger on the right side.

Earl Rose landed a long-range penalty to reduce the buffer to 11 points for the South African franchise’s only points of the match.

Waratahs flanker Wycliff Palu barged over from eight meters out in the 27th minute after sustained pressure inside the Cats’ quarter and Hewat made it 3-from-3 for a 21-3 lead.

And Adam Frier burrowed across from the back of a rolling maul in the 33rd minute to ensure the Waratahs picked up a bonus point, scoring four of their seven tries before the halftime interval.

The victory margin was the Waratahs’ biggest in the southern hemisphere’s major provincial competition, beating the 53-7 win over the Bulls in 2001.

Hooker Adam Freier, who scored two tries, was voted man of the match, although Rogers, playing at flyhalf, was a challenger with a strong individual performance.

Hewat kicked 5-from-5 conversions before halftime, when the Waratahs led 35-3, and finished the match with 20 points to increase his career haul to 319 points for the Sydney-based franchise.

He is third on the Waratahs’ list of all-time scorers, behind only former Wallabies fullbacks Matt Burke (1,172 points) and Marty Robuck (337).

— Scorers:

Waratahs 50 (Adam Freier 2, Mat Rogers, Peter Hewat, Wycliff Palu, Ben Robinson, Daniel Halangahu tries; Hewat 6 conversions, penalty) def.

Cats 3 (Earl Rose penalty).

Source : Sapa-AP /jm

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