Holloway heroics help Waratahs to win over Reds
SUPER RUGBY: Former Yamba Buccaneer junior prospect Jed Holloway had a barnstorming run-on debut for the NSW Waratahs in their 30-10 bonus point victory over interstate rivals Queensland Reds.
While it was not Holloway's first taste of Super Rugby action, it was his first outing in the No.8 jersey which he has assumed from Wallabies regular Wyclef Palu.
Saturday night's clash was a scrappy and at times unpleasant opener to the Waratahs' 2016 campaign but Holloway and a handful of outside backs were shining lights for the home side.
Holloway had five carries for the night including two clean breaks through the Reds' defensive line to rack up 65 running metres.
Coupled with his work off the ball, including nine tackles and two successful line-out challenges, it was a busy night for the 116kg forward.
The Waratahs struggled with set plays including from the line out and against a strong Reds' scrum.
But first-time coach Daryl Gibson praised his side's efforts in the first 30 minutes which included three tries.
"I think the first 30 minutes epitomised the style of play we want to aim for this season and then after that I thought we got a little bit messy," Gibson said.
"We let ourselves down with sloppy errors that killed us."
Waratahs next play the Brumbies on Friday night.