Super Rugby round 12
Folau stars in Waratahs rampage
May 4, 2013
Israel Folau presses his case for a Wallabies berth with a Man of the Match performance against the Southern Kings
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An unstoppable Israel Folau starred as a rampant New South Wales Waratahs side ended their three-year overseas drought with a 72-10 crushing of the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Fullback Folau triggered the 11-tries-to-one Super Rugby romp with two magical pieces of play in the first six minutes of the match early Sunday (AEDT).
He beat four defenders in a counter attack from his own half in the first 40 seconds to set up the first of three tries for winger Cameron Crawford.
The electric fullback and Man-of-the-Match burnt off three attempted tacklers and carried two more defenders over the line for his sixth try of the season. Folau continued to terrorise the shellshocked Kings and played a part in several other tries.
While rumours are circulating he may return to rugby league next year, Folau hinted his union stint may go beyond one season.
"I'm really enjoying my rugby at the moment and I'd like to stay long term and give it a good crack so we'll see how we go," Folau said.
He was far from the only Waratah to shine as NSW notched their first overseas victory in 13 matches going back to May 2010 and ended an eight-match losing streak in South Africa, where they last won in May, 2009.
The platform was laid by a totally dominant Waratahs pack. The powerful NSW scrum was untroubled and ubiquitous flankers Dave Dennis and Michael Hooper were each rewarded for their industry with a try, with lock Kane Douglas the other forward to tally a five-pointer.
The starting back three combined for six tries, with winger Peter Betham notching two and reserve backs Ben Volavola and Tom Kingston both crossing in the final ten minutes.
With a plethora of clean quickly delivered possession to work with, fly-half Bernard Foley set up several tries with his passing and running.
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The Waratahs had their try-scoring bonus point locked away inside 20 minutes. They crossed the Kings line seven times in the first half, which ended with them leading 46-10 despite conceding an intercept try to winger Sergeal Petersen.
NSW piled on four more tries and 26 unanswered points in the second half.
"It's probably the performance we were looking for the whole year," NSW captain Dennis said. "We've played well in patches throughout the year, but that was probably the most complete performance we've had."