If Waratah’s trainer Rob Penney wasn’t already sticking to his job with his fingernails, he is now

The Waratahs fell against the armed forces between 20 and 16 years old at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night, earning the undesirable award of being the first team to lose to the armed forces since their return to super rugby for the first time since 1329 Days the Force won a super rugby match

The four-point loss wasn’t an embarrassment, but was considering the fact that visitors played with only 14 men for the final 15 minutes after Andrew Ready punched Hugh Sinclair in the head in a post-jerk match the match will be won there

Bad ball handling, bad discipline at just the wrong time, and two brilliant moments from Force Lock Tim Anstee made the difference in a match that is sure to cut Penney’s time in the hot seat

“I don’t know”You will answer that for us Penney said after the game when asked if the performance showed he should still be a coach

â ???? You can analyze the details of the entire performance. We made a few too many mistakes, you made a few less. There is the resultâ ????

Penney took up his job on Friday against a Force team that hadn’t won any of their nine games since returning to super rugby

It may not have been a must to win the same way the end-of-season games are, but if Penney weren’t able to conjure up some signs of life on his side, he’d be as good as a dead man goes

It was very clear very early in the game that there were indeed signs of life

The Force got more than their fair share of the early ball, but many transmissions were hit by brutal hits from an NSW site whose back had been pressed firmly against the wall all week

Tepai Moeroa was the man behind most of these hits, and his direct ball-in-hand work was also harmful

Carlo Tizzano attacked the breakdown with typical ferocity. Jack Dempsey was the alpha handler the NSW pack needed. Hugh Sinclair was a welcome syringe in the second row

Will Harrison had his best game of the season Penney’s decision to put Jack Maddocks in the wing and Mark Nawaqanitawase paid off

All of the above players individually went out of their way to lead the Waratahs to a much-needed victory

When hooker Dave Porecki collapsed on the back of a rolling mouth in the fifth minute, Penney’s prospects were on the rise

The squad had 69 percent possession in the first half, but their attack was reminiscent of the loss to the Brumbies in the first round

That was until Anstee split the line, found Fergus Lee Warner, and slammed the ball through a James Ramm cover tackle

When play resumed, Anstee added a try to his assistant at the end of the first half

Former Sevens Australian striker was sent to Halfback for a Force Lineout 5 for the Waratahs’ Line, fell around the back, fell through a duel, reached out, hit and gave the visitors the first tour of the night after 53 minutes

Playing at 20, NSW still stayed 17-13 Ramm’s bad hands took two golden opportunities to get the home team back up, but the armed forces were far from crossing the finish line

The troops would have to defend their four-point lead with 14 men for the last 16 minutes

But one final push into the 22nd Army was thwarted when a pass from Alex Newsome drifted forward

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Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/fired-up-force-send-waratahs-crashing-to-another-low-20210305-p578bs.html