Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kings 10 – 72 HSBC Waratahs
Super Rugby Round 12, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
The HSBC Waratahs rounded off their two-week trip to South Africa by recording a spectacular bonus win over the Kings, running in 11 tries to earn their first win in South Africa in four years.
With a four-try bonus point secured after just 19 minutes, the visitors showed their ruthlessness by continuing to pile on the points, led by winger Cam Crawford who completed his hat trick after just 36 minutes to help his side to a 46-10 lead at the break.
“That was probably the performance we were looking for most of the year,” HSBC Waratahs’ captain Dave Dennis told SuperSport after the match.
Adding to their seven first half tries with another four after the break and restricting the opposition to a single intercept try, Dennis said, “We’ve played well in patches throughout the year but that was the most complete performance we’ve had so it’s a very satisfying result.
“We’ve had a really good trip out here and trained hard. We just focused on playing our game for the full 80 minutes, I think we did that tonight and I’m really pleased with the result.”
Coming on the back of last week’s disappointing loss to the Bulls, the win lifts NSW to eighth on the table. “I thought we were close last week, that game could have gone our way,” added Dennis. “We knew the Kings were going to be tough and we would have to play well. That first 20 minutes really set the tone for the match and it was tough for them to come back.”
Unbeaten against Australian opposition after recording wins over the Force and Rebels and a draw against the Brumbies, the Kings were powerless to prevent the NSW assault, with fullback Israel Folau earning the man of the match award for his role in setting up a number of the visitors’ tries and crossing himself.
Said Folau, “I thought our team performance was great. We were really disappointed after last week’s loss so it was good to get the win tonight.”
The HSBC Waratahs got off to a perfect start, scoring a try in the opening minute, with wing Cam Crawford capitalising in a break from Folau. Scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin missed the conversion but the visitors quickly added a second when Folau crossed next to the posts with just six minutes on the clock. McKbbin added the extras to give his side a welcome 12-0 lead in the early stages.
A penalty apiece and a second try to Crawford extended the score to 22-3 on 17 minutes, before the HSBC Waratahs rounded off the perfect quarter by securing the four-try bonus point with Kane Douglas crashing over for his first try of the season on his 50th Super Rugby appearance.
Try number five came after 26 minutes when a great step from Bernard Foley saw the flyhalf make a midfield break before an overhead inside pass allowed flanker Michael Hooper to over dive. The Kings’ misery continued when wing Peter Betham crossed for a sixth try within the half hour, with McKibbin adding the extra two points to take the visitors to a comfortable 41-3 lead.
A break from Hooper down the left-hand side allowed the flanker to put Crawford away for his third, the big winger crossing unopposed to complete his hat trick. An intercept try from Kings winger Sergeal Petersen saw the home side steal a try of their own, with flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis’s conversion on the whistle taking the half-time score to 46-10.
The scoring continued in the second period, with captain Dave Dennis scoring his side’s eighth six minutes in after crashing over in the left corner after some good work from Folau and a Betham offload.
Betham’s second of the match followed five minutes later when the winger was the recipient of a perfect inside pass from centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and McKibbin’s kick took the score to 58-10.
A flurry of replacements at the close of the third quarter saw Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman, Ben Volavola and Matt Lucas get in on the action in place of Sekope Kepu, Wycliff Palu, Rob Horne and Brendan McKibbin. The arrival of John Ulugia, Pat McCutcheon and Tom Kingston 10 minutes later emptied the NSW bench and delivered the team’s ninth try, scored by Volavola and converted by Lucas, his first points in Super Rugby.
Kingston’s effort from another Folau offload took the team’s tally to 70, with Lucas’ second successful conversion taking the final score to 72-10 in the visitors’ favour.
After picking up a valuable five points on the road, the HSBC Waratahs now head home as they prepare to take on the Stormers at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, May 11, a match that Dennis expects to be a tough test. “They’re playing good football, they’ve beaten the Hurricanes and they pushed the Blues last night. We’ve got to front up and keep playing and use this momentum.”
HSBC Waratahs 72 (tries: Crawford 3, Folau, Douglas, Betham 2, Hooper, Dennis, Volavola, Kingston; pens: McKibbin, cons: McKibbin 5, Lucas 2) defeated Kings 10 (tries: Petersen; pens: Catrakilis; cons: Catrakilis)
Half-time: Kings 10 – 46 HSBC Waratahs
HSBC Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (c), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Mitchell Chapman, 19 Pat McCutcheon, 20 Matt Lucas, 21 Ben Volavola, 22 Tom Kingston.
Southern Kings: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (c), 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Rynier Bernado, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Luke Watson, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Siviwe Soyizwapi.
Yellow cards: None
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SA)
Man of the match: Israel Folau
Peter Betham will take the place of winger Tom Kingston when the HSBC Waratahs play their first ever match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth this weekend.
Following last week’s 30-19 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria, Michael Cheika’s side will be looking for a win before heading home after their two-match trip to South Africa.
The Head Coach has opted to give Peter Betham a start on the left wing, with Tom Kingston named on an eight-man bench that will be reduced to the final seven replacements later this week.
Also included in the squad is towering Sydney University lock Will Skelton who will be hoping to celebrate his 21st birthday tomorrow by making his NSW debut in Port Elizabeth the following day.
Super Rugby’s 2013 newcomers, the match will be the first meeting between the HSBC Waratahs and Southern Kings. The Port Elizabeth-based side has already shown how dangerous it can be by beating the Rebels and Force and HSBC Waratahs Assistant Coach Alan Gaffney says the players know they have a battle on their hands.
“The Kings have a hard-working forward pack and they’re coached by Alan Solomons, a guy who’s been around the block a long, long time, having coached Ulster when I was with Munster, and Northampton in the early 2000s,” said Gaffney.
“He’s a very astute guy and he’s got a hard-working squad with a lot of pace and a strong kicking game – an extremely long and astute kicking game. You saw it against the Rebels, they had ability to kick the ball 65m on the fly - that’s a fair kick when you’re not at altitude!
“We have got to approach this game as a battle, but that’s no different to what we’ve been doing. The attitude in the squad is great, we don’t treat any game easier than the next game – you can’t in this competition. Over the years there have been too many examples of what can happen if you don’t pay everyone the respect they deserve. We won’t make that mistake this weekend.”
The match kicks off at 5.05pm local time on Saturday and will be televised live in the early hours of Sunday morning in Australia on Fox Sports. Alternatively you can follow every score live on twitter @NSWWaratahs or by searching #KINvWAR.
HSBC Waratahs team to play the Southern Kings
Sunday May 5, 2013 (1.05am AEST)
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood)
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (Parramatta)
3. Sekope Kepu (Randwick)
4. Sitaleki Timani (Southern Districts)
5. Kane Douglas (Southern Districts)
6. Dave Dennis (Sydney University, captain)
7. Michael Hooper (Manly)
8. Wycliff Palu (Manly)
9. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs)
10. Bernard Foley (Sydney University)
11. Peter Betham (Sydney University)
12. Rob Horne (Southern Districts)
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs)
14. Cam Crawford (Northern Districts)
15. Israel Folau (Sydney University)
John Ulugia (Eastern Suburbs)
Paddy Ryan (Sydney University)
Will Skelton (Sydney University)
Mitchell Chapman (Eastern Suburbs)
Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University)
Matt Lucas (Manly)
Ben Volavola (Southern Districts)
Tom Kingston (Sydney University)