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In-form Taqele Impressive

In-form Taqele Impressive
Big Fijian born-Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro (middle) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring one of his many Super Rugby tries. The Yasawa native scored twice in their 24-17 win over Brumbies at the GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia on March 31, 2018. Photo: Zimbio
April 02
11:00 2018

Fijian-born Taqele Naiyaravoro has become a try scoring machine for the Waratahs as he again dot­ted down two tries in their 24-17 win over Brumbies on Saturday night. Last month he came in as a replacement to score twice for the Waratahs when then handed Melbourne Rebels their first Super Rugby loss.

A quick double to Naiyaravoro either side of halftime broke the game open.

The Waratahs led 13-11 at the break, having snatched the lead after the half­time siren when Naiyaravoro scored.

The Brumbies were attacking when Lachlan McCaffrey’s loose pass was picked up by NSW backrower Michael Wells. The ball was spread wide to Nai­yaravoro, who stepped around and fend­ed rival Henry Speight and galloped over in the corner, with Foley’s sideline conversion giving NSW the edge.

Three minutes after resumption, the Tahs orchestrated a beautifully intri­cate run-around play from a scrum that saw Folau’s replacement Alex New­some shoot through the defensive line. He sprinted to corner before throwing a deft inside ball to Naiyaravoro in con­tact.

The 123kg giant pushed off a tackler to plant the ball, giving his side an 18-11 lead. Naiyaravoro ran for 119 metres and made two line breaks on top of his double in a powerful display.

But a sour note in Waratahs win was when fullback Israel Folau went off with a hamstring injury just four min­utes into the Canberra clash.

“It looks like three or four weeks at this stage,” Waratahs coach Daryl Gib­son said.

That means Folau will miss this week­end’s clash against Sunwolves in Tokyo, followed by the back-to-back crunch home games against Queensland and South African conference leaders the Lions.

“We’ve got guys like Cam Clark, who has been waiting patiently in the wings, we’ve got a number of guys we can call upon,” Gibson told news.com.au.

“It’s part of rugby, injuries, we’ve just got to get on with it.”

RESULTS

Chiefs 27-22 Highlanders, Rebels 19-50 Hurricanes, Blues 40-63 Sharks, Brumb­ies 17-24 Waratahs, Bulls 33-23 Storm­ers.

THIS WEEK (Fijian Time)

Friday, April 6, 7.35pm Hurricanes v Sharks; Saturday, April 7, 5.15pm Sun­wolves v Waratahs, 7.35pm Chiefs v Blues, 9.45pm Brumbies v Reds, Sun­day, April 8, 3.15am Lions v Stormers, 9.40am Jaguares v Crusaders

– Edited by Osea Bola

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