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Folau treble sets up Waratahs' win

Israel Folau scored a hat-trick of tries on Sunday as the Waratahs posted a 43-21 bonus-point Super Rugby victory over the Western Force in Sydney.

Folau crossed twice in the first period, and Alofa Alofa touched down on the stroke of half-time to give the hosts a 22-11 advantage at the interval, with Kane Douglas and Kurtley Beale adding further scores after the break.

Fly-half Bernard Foley converted all apart from the first of the Tahs' six tries and kicked a penalty, with the Force's points coming courtesy of Nick Cummins and Kyle Godwin tries and the boot of Zack Holmes.

Folau wasted little time making his mark, crossing for his first try in the first minute and then going over for a second in the 22nd minute off a Wycliff Palu break.

Two penalties from Holmes were all the visitors had to show for their opening half-hour's work.

Australia winger Cummins touched down in the 34th minute to get the Force back within reach, but Alofa's score on the half-time buzzer restored the Waratahs' healthy cushion.

Holmes' third and final successful penalty of the match 12 minutes into the second period got it back to 22-14, but Douglas crossed for the hosts' bonus-point try soon after.

The Perth-based team kept going and notched another score through Godwin just after the hour, but further efforts from Folau and Beale - who was highly impressive at inside centre - put the game beyond reach.

There was a further setback for the Force 11 minutes from time when their South Africa flanker Brynard Stander was taken off the field on a medi-cab with his neck in a precautionary brace.


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