The Tahs headed down the Hume Highway this week to take on the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night, winning 41-19.
In the past these have been the games where the Waratahs have slipped. Back-end of the season, chance to take first spot in the conference, away at Perth or Melbourne and I have to admit I was slightly worried. But yet again this team is starting to show that they aren't the same old Waratahs that we learned to love and hate (at times).
Dominant at the breakdown (a strength of the Rebels) and unafraid to attack the edges of the park, the Tahs sent out an ominous warning to the Brumbies that they wanted their spot on the ladder.
Rob Horne was the first to score going over for his fourth try in the last three matches, and Adam Ashley-Cooper also scored in the 35th minute, it was just some incredibly poor goal kicking by Beale and Foley that saw the half-time score at 16-9. Second half tries to Hooper, Folau, Beale and McKibbon closed out the game.
The Waratahs didn't take their foot off the pedal at all throughout and that was re-enforced by Dave Dennis who said,
"Last year we lost down here so we knew it was going to be tough. We knew we had to keep working hard in the second half and I was really pleased with the effort."
It looks and sounds like Cheika might have them in the right mind frame.
1. Records: Izzy Folau equalled Peter Hewat's single season try record for the Waratah's. You'd back him to break it in the next few weeks
2. Kicking: There always has to be one negative of a performance and the kicking takes the cake here, simply not good enough.
3. Rob Horne: Is cementing his spot with his hard-running again. I never thought he would cut it on the wing, happy to be proven wrong.
4. The Forwards: One of the most complete performances from the pack in a while, did their job perfectly.
5. Rebel Whisper: Not a rebel yell, they just don't have the talent.