Waratahs thrash Force
Western Force mauled by visiting Waratahs
Last Updated: 09/04/11 3:45pm
Burgess: Pivotal in win
New South Wales Waratahs romped to an emphatic 31-3 win over cross-country rivals the Western Force in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday.
The Waratahs controlled the early proceedings in an error-strewn display by the Force and Kurtley Beale put the visitors in front with a third minute penalty.
James O'Connor replied to level the scores after 19 minutes but ten minutes later Luke Burgess' set up the game's first try when he made a break before feeding Tom Carter for the score.
Burges was in the thick of things again seven minutes later when he put Former Force star Drew Mitchell through for a brilliant try.
Beale slotted his second conversion to make it 17-3 at half-time.
Burgess continued to torment Force with his creativity and on 52 minutes he dashed any hopes they had of a fightback when he sent Beale in under the posts.
The bonus point came in the 66th minute, when Mitchell sliced through Force's poor defence to claim his fifth try of the season.
The win completed a clean sweep for the Waratahs over the other Australian teams this season and captain Dean Mumm said he was pleased that his side's early dominance had paid off
I'm very pleased with that," he said. "We stuck to our strategies tonight. We just had to keep working and we knew our pressure would pay off.
Force skipper Nathan Sharpe admitted his side were never at their best. "Right from the start we were on the back foot and we never regrouped from that," he said.