The Waratahs hosted the Bulls on Saturday night in another physical encounter, with the Tahs emerging victors with a close 19-12 score line. The tahs started fast, rushing out to a 13-0 lead after twenty minutes and then held on to the lead in a low scoring affair. Whilst the Bulls didn't look like they were going to score many tries, they were kept in the contest by their superb kicking games. It was only in the 65th minute when Grant Hattingh was sin-binned that Tahs fans could start to relax.
As per usual we discuss five key points from the game:
1. Israel Folau: Good to have him back, a try in the first minute set the tone of his intentions. Teams are legitimately scared of him now.
2. Will Skelton: I've been singing his praises a lot lately and he deserves it. Another industrious performance in a game where the Tahs couldn't allow themselves to be out muscled.
3. Lineout: After being solid for the last few weeks, the Tahs lineout regressed on Saturday. Needs more work.
4. No. 8's: The exclusion of Wycliff Palu meant Dave Dennis shifted to number eight and I thought he and his counter part Grant Hattingh had a great match until the latter was sent off. Great to see Dennis roll up the sleeves and get to work around the breakdown.
5. Efficiency: The Tahs are missing the attacking efficiency they showed in the first few rounds of the year. It cost them in Perth and with an upcoming trip to New Zealand they need to be able to complete the few chances the are given.
Overall a tough win, but a win nonetheless. What were your thoughts?