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The Lion Kings

  • The Lion Kings

Another home game and another win for the Tahs, is it just the circle of life,or are the Tahs gearing up for the back end of the season?

The Waratahs welcomed the Lions to Sydney on Sunday in emphatic fashion, emerging 41-13 victors in an entertaining game. 

There were a multitude of standout performances, though special credit should go to Bernard Foley, Will Skelton and Rob Horne who all put in phenomenal shifts disrupting the South African's defensive line. 

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The Waratahs started fast, with Foley supplying great ball to the backs whilst also keeping defenders on their toes by occasionally running the ball. This was rewarded in the 8th minute as he scored the opening try. The Lions did hit back with a try off a rolling maul but apart from that they were kept quiet. 

As predicted earlier this week, the Tahs looked to stretch the field with their running game and the Lions forward pack didn't stand a chance to keep up. 

The Australian Rugby's very own "Simba" Michael Hooper again put in an industrious performance, constantly diving on any loose balls and creating a commotion wherever he went. It seems he just can't wait to be king any longer, he's already made that step.

An 80th minute try to Rob Horne, his second of the night sealed the win. Try scorers were: Horne (2), Beale, Ashley-Cooper and Foley. 

The Tahs players should certainly feel the love tonight as they made the biggest step out of the Aussie teams this week. Losses by the Force and Brumbies leave the Tahs one point behind the Brumbies but with one game in hand. 

Five Pointers: 

1. Hakuna Matata: The Tahs flogged the Lions, yet whenver the cameras panned to Michael Cheika he looked pretty unimpressed. Perhaps he should take some advice from a certain meerkat and warthog. 

2. Lion-out: The Tahs line out was as average as this pun. Needs more work.

3. Bernard Foley: The best game he's played this year in my opinion, was great with the boot and with the ball. Hopefully he can keep it up.

4. Rob Horne: Made a statement yesterday, with the number of capable wingers, Adam Ashley-Cooper might have cause to be slightly worried. 

5. Home Final: The Tahs need to do everything in their power to secure a home final, they have turned Sydney into a fortress this year and need to capitalise on it. .




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