Folau hat-trick for rampant Tahs

23 Feb 2014
Folau hat-trick for rampant Tahs

The Waratahs kicked off their Super Rugby campaign with a maximum haul on Sunday, beating the Force 43-21 in an entertaining game in Sydney.

Fullback Israel Folau touched down three times for the hosts, who outscored their Aussie rivals six tries to two.

The Waratahs led 22-11 at the interval thanks to two tries from Folau and another from flying wing Alofa Alofa.

Kane Douglas added his name to the scoresheet just before the hour mark before the dam wall broke as Folau added his third and Kurtley Beale cruised home for number six.

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Folau bagged his first Super Rugby brace inside the opening 25 minutes. It took less than two minutes for the Wallaby ace to score his first, linking with Alofa down the touchline to punish the disorganised Force defence.

Zack Holmes pulled a penalty back for the Force but Folau was soon to strike again, collecting Wycliff Palu's offload to ghost home after a patient build up from the 'Tahs.

The Force pulled a try back with half time approaching as Nick Cummins muscled his way over from short range but the Waratahs nailed a third try with the final play of the half as Alofa was rewarded for his good chasing - Bernard Foley hit the upright with a long-range penalty effort but it bounced kindly for Alofa, who sneaked between three defenders for a lucky try.

The Force dominated the opening ten minutes of the second half but only came away with just three points.

Douglas scored the bonus-point try after 57 minutes, cutting in off the wing to finish off good work from the Waratah backs.

The Force were still in the game thanks to a break-away try from Kyle Godwin on 63 minutes after an intercept by Cummins, but the home side would dominate the final quarter.

Matt Carraro made a huge impact off the bench, setting up tries for both Folau and Beale with breaks in the midfield as the 'Tahs cruised home.