SCORING MACHINE: Waratahs Jed Holloway is the leading try-scoring front rower this season.
SCORING MACHINE: Waratahs Jed Holloway is the leading try-scoring front rower this season. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Former Buccaneer leads Super Rugby forward try-scorers

RUGBY UNION: Former Yamba junior rugby sensation Jed Holloway has launched himself into the season standings as the leading try-scoring forward in Super Rugby this season.

Holloway touched down for another five-pointer, taking his tally to four for the season, in the Waratahs record six-try stoush against the Western Force at the weekend.

The demolition job in Perth came less than a week after the Waratahs announced a swathe of young re-signings including the signature of Holloway.

A boom start to the season in what is his first full time gig in the Waratahs’ number eight jersey attracted the NSW staff to offer the former Buccaneer an extra three-years on his contract with Holloway keen to accept.

His blistering early season form including a history making hat-trick off the bench for the Tahs, has kept Wallabies legend Wycliff Palu on the reserves bench.

With rumours circulating of Palu’s iminent retirment this season the Waratahs locking Holloway in until the end of 2019 spells good prospects to holding onto the No.8.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson was pleased to announce the signing of Holloway alongside other boom rookie prospects fullback Andrew Kellaway and prop Matt Sandell.

“It’s great news for the team. Jed, Andrew and Matt are all quality young men. They are the type of players we can build a team round for the future,” Gibson said.

“All three players have developed through the NSW pathways system and are passionate about representing NSW.

“They are all making excellent progress and proving they can compete well at this level, which is great for NSW and Australian rugby.”

Holloway is expected to line up in the eight when the Waratahs travel to Cape Town to face the Stormers this weekend.



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