Waratahs see off TLU in Group 20

A dominant second half has seen the Waratahs take a come from behind 64-22 win over Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo on Sunday.

While the Tahs took a while into the game once they found their feet they went on a ten unanswered try run to secure their victory. 

The Sharks hit the scoreboard first after both sides struggled to maintain possession in the first ten minutes.

From there TLU scored another two quick tries in the space of five minutes as Jarrod Williams and Michael Mitchell crossed.

With a Waratahs player in the bin, TLU made the most of their extra man with Williams crossing for his second of the game to give the Sharks a 22-0 lead.

The Waratahs were able to hit the scoreboard just before halftime with Michael Kilby crossing for his first of the game.

With TLU holding a 22-6 lead at halftime the message from Waratahs coach Chris Hanneman was simple.

“We just talked about completing our sets and playing our footy that we thought we could play,” he said.

“We know that if we can play the way we want to play we can get the result from there.”

Leading from the front Kose Lelei scored four second half tries and assisted in a couple more which saw his side roar back into life.

In the second half, the Tahs scored at more than a point a minute with Hanneman saying it largely came from a lift in one particular area.

“In the second half I think our commitment lifted and we just completed our sets and the passes just stuck,” he said.

It is the first time in three attempts the Tahs have been able to beat TLU and after a tough start to the year, the Tigers have now secured themselves at least a top-four finish.

“We were unlucky a few times at the start of the year to lose games we thought we should have won,” he said.

“But I think things are starting to click and keeping the same side together helps.” 

The sides won’t have to wait long to face each other again with the first round of finals just around the corner.

TLU have the final round bye while Waratahs will have another tough match when they take on West Wyalong on Saturday afternoon.


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