Waratahs sink Force




Western Force’s Super 14 woes continued Friday when the NSW Waratahs inflicted the fourth straight defeat on the competition newcomers in their match at Perth’s Subiaco Oval.

The Force, playing their first season in the expanded competition, were brave but were no match for their fellow Australian outfit, conceding four tries to go down 32-7 and remain the only team in the competition without a win.

The home side was never in the hunt, conceding two tries in the first half and a further two after the break as the Waratahs made it five wins from six games and claimed a bonus point to strengthen their position in the top four.

Former Red Wendell Sailor led the way for the Waratahs, with two tries.

As if the injury-ravaged Force didn’t have enough problems, flyhalf Scott Daruda’s disastrous night came to an early end when he was stretchered off in the second half complaining of a loss of feeling in his left side.

Daruda squandered the Force’s best chance to score when he fluffed a simple penalty early in the match and then a couple of minutes later his kick was charged down by Peter Hewat, who scored the game’s first try from the rebound in the ninth minute.

The undermanned Force, missing a number of key players, weren’t expected to trouble the Waratahs and again made too many errors when in possession, particularly with their kicking.

Hewat put the Waratahs on the board with an easy penalty in the fifth minute, before extending the lead to 10-0 with his ninth-minute try and conversion.

It was 13-0 after a Hewat penalty in the 36th minute, before Sailor gave his side a commanding 18-0 lead at the break with an unconverted try after the half-time hooter.

Sailor added a second try in the 69th minute, while Will Caldwell also crossed in the 76th minute.

Haig Sare provided some consolation for the home crowd with a converted try in the 71st minute.

Source : Sapa-AFP /ah

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