The Waratahs were keen to bounce back from their 28-33 loss to the Melbourne Rebels, and did so in emphatic fashion last Friday night against the Auckland Blues.
In the teams first trial match on home soil, they put on a display of dominant, consistent and at times dazzling rugby in a game which they eventually won 33-12.
Whilst it was a strong result it should be noted Auckland were missing key players such as Piri Weepu and Tony Woodcock, whilst the Tahs named a very strong squad. It was a forgetful day for new Auckland recruit Benji Marshall who was kept quiet on offense, and was dragged along by rampant Waratah runners on more than one occasion.
The highlight of the day was a ridiculous team try that was finished by Alofa Alofa, a newly contracted Waratahs back. Definitely check out the highlights video to see what I'm talking about.
Kurtley Beale played spent some time at number 10 and made a strong case to start the season there. Coach Michael Cheika was definitely impressed saying, ”He’s the one player that had to move from fullback to centre to flyhalf and he made it look easy. Defence is so good these days we must make something out of nothing and that’s what Kurtley did.”
Next up for the Waratahs is a trial match in Newcastle against the Highlanders who have named a strong squad. Hopefully this proves to be a better measuring stick.