Tahs set sorry record

Clin­i­cal Blues take full ad­van­tage of home side’s crit­i­cal er­rors

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - AAP

NSW Waratahs have set an un­wanted piece of his­tory by start­ing a Su­per Rugby sea­son with suc­ces­sive losses for the first time, af­ter crash­ing 32-12 to the Blues in New­cas­tle.

The Blues scored five tries to two in front of 7491 hardy spec­ta­tors at a wet McDon­ald Jones Sta­dium, with winger Mark Te­lea notch­ing a sec­ond-half hat-trick for the vis­i­tors, who notched a fifth straight win over the Tahs.

The New Zealand side never trailed and were more clin­i­cal in the rainy con­di­tions against a Waratahs side that made some crit­i­cal er­rors, es­pe­cially at the break­down.

Com­pound­ing the Tahs mis­ery ex­cit­ing winger Mark Nawaqan­itawase went off in­jured just af­ter the hour, when he landed awk­wardly af­ter ath­let­i­cally div­ing over the line to score his sec­ond try in as many Su­per games.

Mean­while, Brumbies coach Dan McKel­lar says “hon­est re­views” will keep his side grounded ahead of their lit­mus test against the High­landers next week.

The Brumbies have en­joyed a dream start to the Su­per Rugby sea­son with two straight wins de­spite five Wal­la­bies and 170 Test caps de­part­ing in the off-sea­son.

They tri­umphed 39-26 in Can­berra against the Melbourne Rebels on Fri­day night to take top spot in the Aus­tralia con­fer­ence af­ter back-to­back Aus­tralian der­bies but now face the High­landers in Round 3.

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