Improved Waratahs demolish Yabbies

Thursday, July 5, 2018

GOING DOWN: Waratahs defenders Morgan Jones (left) and Guy McAlister try to bring down Young’s Sam Hunter during their big win at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

AFTER being smashed in round oneWaratahs handed out their own punishment to Young at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.

Overcoming the wet conditions, the Waratahs were on the front foot early before coming away comfortable 40-10 winners.

Leading 19-0 at the break Waratahs continued their charge in the second half.

Despite the big win new Waratahs coach Wil Mitchell believes his team has plenty more improvement to come.

“It was really scrappy but I thought we should improvement in the areas we need to show improvement in,” Mitchell said.

“We are building to our full strength.

“We are still a while away, but the guys that are there are doing the job and improving.”

Waratahs had a new halves combination after new five-eighth Tyson Crown tore his quad last weekand is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.

Euan Bonner switched from halfback to fill the role with Adam McPherson coming in.

Dave Armstrong opened the scoring from close range early before some brilliance from Steve Tracey set up Adam McPherson.

Tracey regathered a kick from inside his 22, made 40 metres before kicking ahead before the ‘Tahs got back the ball and McPherson was put over the line.

Richie Lamont scored the first of his three tries to round out the half, but adding another two after the break.

Waratahs led by 33-0 before David Crowley got his team on the board.

Taking advantage of an extra man, after Michael Gooden was yellow carded, the nippy halfback was able to cross from close range.

Young were strong at the breakdown, but couldn’t make the most of its attacking opportunities.

Sam Hunter scored late in the match to add to the Yabbies’ score but his team couldn’t put any scoreboard pressure when it mattered.

After Alburyfound plenty of holes in theWaratahsdefenceit was the biggest improvement on Saturday.

The inclusion of HamishCullenward, who tackled well above his weight all day, was a big help to their effort.

After a poor start to the seasonMitchellthought things were going in the right direction defensively, even if Young didn’t pack as many weapons.

“I think it’s a combination of both, but credit to Young they didn’t have great numbers and a lot of there guys played a couplegames of footy,” he said.

“Take nothing away from them at all but we are lucky we’ve had good numbers at training and a few guys back.”

A shoulder injury to inside centreTim Coulter was the only downside of the Waratahs win.

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