The Waratahs were handed a lesson in efficient rugby on Sunday morning, ultimately losing to a well-drilled Sharks squad 32-10.
As everyone expected the Sharks played a territory based game, with the aim of taking points whenever possible. The Waratahs did have their fair share of the ball and the loss was a result of poor handling, an inability to capitalise on chances and disciplinary issues.
The Sharks lead 12-3 at half time and the Tahs were ruing two missed Foley penalty goals that could have kept them in touch. It was a fiery encounter from the first whistle, with Rob Horne going on report for a dangerous tackle against Francois Steyne, who was then reported himself for a dangerous tackle on Kurtley Beale.
These tensions reached boiling point in the 48th minute when Dave Dennis was sin-binned for an altercation. The Sharks scored from the ensuing penalty and the game was effectively over with the score at 19-3.
Late tries to Keegan Daniel and Bernard Foley pushed the final score to 32-10, which was a result that highlighted how efficient the Sharks were.
The tahs have a lot of work to do if they plan on beating the Stormers next week.
What did you think of the game? Did the score line fairly reflect the play?