• Folau hat-trick sinks Force

    The Waratahs started their Super Rugby campaign with an entertaining 43-21 win against the Force on Sunday in Sydney.

    Fullback Israel Folau touched down three times for the hosts, who outscored their Aussie rivals six tries to two.

    The Waratahs led 22-11 at the interval thanks to two tries from Folau and another from flying wing Alofa Alofa.

    Tahs lock Kane Douglas added his name to the scoresheet just before the hour mark before the dam wall broke as Folau added his third and Kurtley Beale cruised home for No 6.

    The Force did score through Wallaby Nick Cummins and 2013's Force star Kyle Godwin, however, it was not nearly enough to spark a resurgence.

    Waratahs – Tries: Israel Folau (3), Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale, Kane Douglas. Conversions: Bernard Foley (5). Penalty: Foley.
    Force – Tries: Nick Cummins, Kyle Godwin. Conversion: Zack Holmes. Penalties: Holmes (3).

    Waratahs – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
    Subs: 16 Tola Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Stephen Hoiles/Pat McCutcheon, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Rob Horne, 23 Matt Carraro.

    Force – 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Tetera Faulkner.
    Subs: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Pek Cowan, .18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Hugh McMeniman, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Brynard Stander, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Sias Ebersohn.

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