Western Power v Waratahs. (Photograph by Chris Hyde/Getty Photos)
Will Harrison booted 13 factors because the Waratahs’ Tremendous Rugby AU revival gathered steam on Friday, powering previous the Western Power 28-Eight to inflict a fifth straight defeat on the struggling Perth group.
AS IT HAPPENED | Power v Waratahs
They got here into the sport on a excessive after thumping the Reds 45-12 final week, and turned in one other spectacular efficiency towards a facet that appears destined for the event picket spoon.
Younger flyhalf Harrison is the competitors’s prime factors scorer and his radar was working once more in entrance of recent Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, who was watching within the Gold Coast stadium.
He kicked three penalties and two conversions, with Alex Newsome, Jack Maddocks and Harry Johnson-Holmes bagging tries.
“We’ve not received two in a row since March 2019, in order that was big for us,” mentioned Waratahs skipper Rob Simmons. “We knew we might encounter a bodily battle and the primary 20 minutes was an actual slog, nevertheless it slowly began to open up for us.”
With Karmichael Hunt and Michael Hooper, in his 150th sport, directing operations, the win noticed them overtake the Melbourne Rebels and transfer into second on the five-team ladder, three factors behind the Brumbies who’ve a bye this week.
The Rebels play a crunch sport on Saturday towards the Reds as they jockey for the playoff locations. The highest-placed finisher strikes straight into the ultimate, with these in second and third dealing with off for the appropriate to fulfill them.
“It was a extremely bodily encounter and the Waratahs put us underneath a little bit of strain and I assumed we constructed and misplaced momentum right here and there,” mentioned Power captain Ian Prior.
“We simply want to remain within the sport and maintain in these key moments. We have to keep it for the complete 80.”
The golden boot of Harrison put the primary factors on the board – his 25th success in 27 makes an attempt this season.
But it surely was the Power who snatched the opening strive with Brynard Stander dotting down after a well-weighted grubber kick from former All Black Richard Kahui bounced completely for him to gather.
Harrison added one other six factors to his burgeoning season complete, with Prior additionally touchdown a profitable kick for the Power, earlier than Newsome obtained the strive the Waratahs deserved after sustained strain, crashing over within the nook.
Harrison transformed to ship them to the break 16-Eight in entrance they usually stretched their lead quickly after the restart when Maddocks intercepted a Jono Lance go and sprinted 55 metres to the tryline.
The Power loved loads of possession and strung collectively some respectable strikes, however they could not breach the watertight ‘Tahs defence, with Johnson-Holmes rubbing salt of their wounds with a strive on the full-time hooter.
Attempt: Brynard Stander
Penalty: Ian Prior
Tries: Alex Newsome, Jack Maddocks, Harry Johnson-Holmes
Conversions: Will Harrison (2)
Penalties: Harrison (three)
15 Jake Strachan, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Richard Kahui, 11 Brad Lacey, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior (captain), Eight Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Henry Stowers, 5 Fergus Lee Warner, four Jeremy Thrush, three Kieran Longbottom, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Prepared, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tom Sheminant, 19 Johan Bardoul, 20 Ollie Atkins, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Nick Jooste, 23 Jack McGregor.
15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, Eight Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachie Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), four Tom Staniforth, three Te Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Tom Robertson
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 19 Ned Hanigan, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Mitch Quick, 22 Ben Donaldson, 23 Joey Walton