Tahs set sorry record
Clinical Blues take full advantage of home side’s critical errors
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.