Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Jumper Folau impresses in Waratahs pre-season



Israel Folau has done enough in his first three rugby union matches to suggest a place in the Wallabies side for the British and Irish Lions tour this year is more than just a pipe dream.

The 23-year-old signed for the New South Wales Waratahs in December after a disappointing two years playing in Australian Rules, having previously represented Australia at rugby league.

While the path from Kangaroo to Wallaby has been trod by the likes of Lote Tuqiri, Mat Rogers and Wendell Sailorover the last two decades, Folau has left himself precious little time to impress before the Lions arrive in June.

But playing at fullback and watched by Australia coach Robbie Deans, he needed just three touches in his new code to score his first try and added another in his first match in pre-season against the Melbourne Rebels.

He also got on the scoreboard in his second match with a fine individual effort against the Auckland Blues, also helping to set up two tries for winger Tom Kingston.

Folau again impressed with some barnstorming runs in his third match for the Waratahs against the seven-time Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders in Sydney on Thursday.

"He looked dangerous when he got the ball, which is really good," Waratahs coach Michael Cheika told reporters after the 16-14 defeat to the New Zealanders.

"He had a few good counterattacks. I think we've got to try to get him into the game a bit more from our set-piece. We have to work out how to do that.

"We've got a few ideas on what we can do but all in all his first three games have been very positive for his entry into rugby I'd say. I think everyone would agree."

Standing 195 cm (6ft 5in) tall and weighing in at 98 kg (216 lb), Folau has already shown he has the build, handling skills, power and pace to cause problem for any defence.

While there is a gulf between the provincial rugby pre-season and a test against the Lions, if Folau manages to sustain his form it might be difficult for Deans to ignore such a potent attacking weapon.

The Waratahs get their 2013 Super Rugby campaign underway against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on February 23.

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

MLS - Major League Soccer - Week 20: Seattle Sounders v La Galaxy
Cycling - Time Trial: Women's Individual
Diving - Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary
Lawn Bowls - Women's Pairs Qfs/men's Sgl Qfs/open Triples B6,B7,B8 Bronze & Gold Medal Match

Sports Talk



Brendan Venter
The art of execution
With the reality of an all-Australasian Super Rugby final scheduled for Saturday, I believe now is...

Tony Johnson
Winning means rising above adversity
Winning a big rugby tournament is usually about the ability of a team to produce its best in the...

Brenden Nel
Time for Sevens to up the ante
Sunday night’s amazing Commonwealth Games win by the South African Sevens team has only served to...

Gavin Rich
A flawed plan
A third-place finish, a semifinal exit and the South African conference title may, to some, be fair...

Super Wrap
It's a Wrap, and a Super one at that
Only one side in a six-team playoff series and the rest of our teams comfortably in the bottom half...