OVER AND IN: Israel Folau, of the Waratahs, wins the high ball over Nick Cummins, of the Force, at Allianz Stadium yesterday.
OVER AND IN: Israel Folau, of the Waratahs, wins the high ball over Nick Cummins, of the Force, at Allianz Stadium yesterday. Mark Kolbegetty Images

Folau hat-trick a treat for Waratahs

AN Israel Folau hat-trick helped the New South Wales Waratahs secure a bonus point in their 43-21 Super Rugby win over the Western Force at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

Folau got on the scoreboard in only the second minute of play before scoring again in the 22nd minute and adding a third in the second half.

It was Folau's first hat-trick in rugby union since crossing from the AFL early last year as the Waratahs scored six tries in a brilliant season-opening win.

Alofa Alofa and Kane Douglas also crossed for tries, as did Kurtley Beale in his first appearance for the Waratahs since the 2011 season.

Bernard Foley landed five conversions and a penalty goal, while Nick Cummins and Kyle Godwin scored tries for the Force.

It was not the perfect performance from the Waratahs, however, and coach Michael Cheika will be looking for more improvement ahead of next week's clash with the Queensland Reds.

The home side's handling at times left a lot to be desired and the Waratahs struggled to kill off a determined Force outfit.



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