Tale of two halves as Tahs defeat CSU

Dan Selmes scored three tries for Waratahs on Saturday.

Dan Selmes scored three tries for Waratahs on Saturday.

Waratahs couldn’t back up a strong first half performance despite taking 36-14 win over CSU at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.

The reigning premiers took at 26-0 lead into the break but were outscored by their rivals in the second stanza.

Dan Selmes led the way for Waratahs, scoring three tries on the wing.

While he excelled wider on the field, it was another new position for Selmes who played at outside centre and at fullback in the two previous games.

Captain Tim Corcoran also scored a double in the win.

He thought the Reddies caused plenty of headaches in the second half and was disappointed by how his team finished off.

“It was a good win, we had a very good first half which we were happy with, but CSU were able to counterattack that,” Corcoran said.

“They forced us to not play the standard and style that we wanted to play.

“They actually ended up winning the second half, which was disappointing from our end but a credit to them.”

Corcoran thought his team went away from a structure that worked so well in the first half, but had more than enough of a lead to come away with points.

“They stopped our momentum, ill discipline crept into the game, which also didn’t help, and it was hard to regain momentum after that,” he said.

Selmes and Matt Shortis switched back line positions this week and there will be another change on Saturday with Corcoran unavailable to take on Griffith.

However Corcoran is hoping they can find some continuity and cohesion heading into the finals.

Meanwhile CSU will be looking to build on a better second half when taking on Ag College.