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The Waratahs beat the Hurricanes in Sydney on Saturday by 20 points to 3. The Waratahs gave four players their debuts but the match will probably be remembered most for Fullback Lachlan Turner’s  brace of tries.


Turner (pictured) is known as a pace man but his performance in this match will make him a marked man for the rest of the Super 14. New league recruit Timana Tahu had a hand in both of Turner’s tries impressing on debut.


He was heavily involved in the first half, helping the Waratahs -who finished second-last in 2007 – to a 10-3 lead.


The ball swept across the Waratahs’ backline in the 18th minute and Tahu, playing on the left wing, caught and scooped in one motion to send Turner sprinting to the left corner. Kurtley Beale’s sideline conversion made it 7-0.


Former Newcastle and Parramatta star Tahu was picked up by South African referee Craig Joubert in the 28th minute when he aggressively grabbed Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane around the shoulders and sent him crashing over the sideline headfirst.


Hurricanes five-eighth Jimmy Gopperth narrowed the margin to 7-3 with a 23rd-minute penalty goal, while Beale responded with a Waratahs’ penalty in the 36th.


A try by Rocky Elsom and Turner’s second, in the 74th minute and again set up by Tahu, completed the scoring in the second half.


“Just to get Lachie (Turner) over the line, it was a bit more of a relief,” Tahu said. “I’m hoping to just keep on learning this year and hopefully the next couple of years I can be a big asset to the team.” Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie said Tahu was the best of his former league players.


“He’s been the best in term of aptitude and application in trying to learn the game,” McKenzie said. “It’s a tough game and positional play’s really important. Every time he takes the field he’s doing it better and better.”


Final Score Waratahs 20 Hurricanes 3


Scorers:


Waratahs
Tries: Lachlan Turner (2), Rocky Elsom.
Conversion: Kurtley Beale.
Penalty goal: Beale


Hurricanes –
Penalty goal: Jimmy Gopperth


Teams:


Waratahs: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Timana Tahu, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Dan Vickerman, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Adam Freier, 1 Matt Dunning.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 Beau Robinson, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Alfi Mafi.


Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Ma’a Nonu, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Hikawera Elliot, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Craig Clarke, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Willie Ripia, 22 Shannon Paku.


Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Joey Salmans (South Africa), Grant MacNeill (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Gus Erickson (Australia)

 

 Super14.com

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