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Nadolo stars in trial win over Fiji

By Michelle Cook 31/01/2010 06:57:26 AM Comments (0)

Nemani Nadolo may have given NSW Waratahs coach Chris Hickey a selection headache after the winger produced an outstanding game in the trial win over Fiji in Orange on Saturday night.

Nadolo scored a try in the Waratahs' 83-15 victory, as well as showing off his speed and ability to find the gaps.

International wingers Drew Mitchell and Lachie Turner were on the sideline for Saturday's trial after being ruled out for the game on Friday with niggling injuries.

Nadolo's performance may have made them nervous and it has certainly ensured Hickey has to do some more thinking when it comes to selections for the upcoming trial against the Brumbies.

"You're always happy to have those sort of selection dilemmas," Hickey said.

"Generally speaking, I think that all the players tonight performed to a high standard, so we've got to sit down and spend more time working out the selections."

Waratahs were simply too good leading 43-3 at half-time with five-eighth Koroi Yavala kicking a penalty conversion for Fiji's points.

The first half featured the Waratahs' international stars with the star-studded backline showing its class.

"I thought our combination with Berrick Barnes, Kurtley Beale and Tom Carter in the first half was particularly good," Hickey said.

"(Fullback Sosene) Anesi gave the last pass on three or four tries and they were impressive."

Plenty of the Waratahs' points were scored out wide, meaning Barnes had some difficult kicks in the opening half, but he still bagged four out of seven attempts.

Almost an entirely fresh squad ran on for the Waratahs in the second half and Hickey was pleased they were able to maintain the consistency.

"That word clinical was something we were looking for," he said.

"We're really pleased we were able to make some changes in the second half and still have good game control which led to the result."

Fiji scored two tries in the last quarter, much to the delight of the 6600-strong crowd.

Flanker Anthony Wise managed to burrow through the Waratahs defence to score Fiji's first five-pointer and lock Manoa Tamaya crashed over in the dying seconds of the match to allow his side the final say.

The Waratahs players shared the tries around with winger Betham, and replacement's Adam D'Arcy and Chris Alcock scoring two apiece.

While the Waratahs defence wasn't overly tested on Saturday, Hickey said there is still work to be done before their next trial.

"We're reasonably happy in that area but there were a few little things that we need to improve on and we'll need to do that before we play the Brumbies next week. A little bit of fine-tuning will come out of tonight," he said.

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