Waratahs try-fest sets up huge victory in Japan

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by Matt Lewis

The Waratahs have thumped the Sunwolves in Tokyo scoring nine tries to defeat the competition's newest team 57-12.

After watching the Brumbies secure a bonus point victory against the Reds last night, the Waratahs knew what that needed to achieve in Japan to stay in the hunt for finals.

It was a scratchy start from the away side, who despite scoring the opening try in the 11th minute through Matt Lucas, was struggling with ball control early.

The Waratahs were the dominant team in attack but their slackness around the breakdown kept the Sunwolves in the game as they snatched a 9-7 lead midway through the opening half.

Israel Folau played a part a huge part in the next two tries using his quick hands to set up Jack Dempsey and a magnificent solo effort to extend the lead. Just four minutes later Andrew Kellaway broke four tackles on the cusp of halftime to score and extend their lead to 26-12 at the break.

The Waratahs came out firing in the second half as Reece Robinson score two tries in two minutes to give NSW a 28-point lead just after the break.

Dominating all attacking stats for the game, the Waratahs had three times as many run metres, 14 more offloads and eight more linebreaks.

Daryl Gibson had the game in the bag when Matt Lucas crossed for his second try of the night, opting to rest some of his star Wallabies after an intense month of rugby against England. 

Israel Folau, Bernard Foley and Michael Hooper all made their way from the field midway through the second half, giving the opportunity for their lesser known players. 

One man who really stepped up was halfback Matt Lucas who was handed the second start of his career during the week and took the opportunity with both hands. 

The five points for the victory keeps the Waratahs locked on 39 points alongside the Brumbies, but second in the conference based on their weaker win/loss record. 

Sunwolves 12

Pens: Tamura 3, Viljoen

Waratahs 57

Tries: Lucas 2, Robinson 2, Dempsey, Folau, Kellaway, Carraro, Naiyaravoro Cons: Foley 5, Horwitz