Tech Tahs sing loud and proud after first win

Nanjing Night Net

TechWaratahs proudly let rip with an ear-splitting rendition of the club’s victory song for the first time this season on Saturday at Saunders Oval.

Captain-coach Tim Olsen led Tech Waratahs to their first win of the season on Saturday.

After enduring seven straight losses, the Tahs finally broke through with a pressure-relieving 10-7 defeat of Bowral.

‘‘We worked really hard for that win,’’ Tech Waratahs captain-coach Tim Olsen said.

‘‘We haven’t had the best start to the season and we’re not where we wanted to be, but we’ve got the monkey off our back so to speak.’’

The Blacks would’ve been confident after claiming their second win of the season the previous week against the Woonona Shamrocks.

But Tech Tahs felt they had made progress in recent weeks and were desperate to break their victory drought.

A nil-all half-time score seemed certain before Olsen crashed over beside the posts in the dying seconds of the first half for a 7-0 lead.

They stretched the margin to 10-0 with a penalty goal 10 minutes into the second half before Bowral charged back into contention with a converted try.

The Blacks passed up a chance to tie the game with a penalty goal, believing they had the home team backed into a corner.

But the Tahs refused to buckle, denying the Blacks for several minutes when they were mere centimetres from the try-line.

‘‘They came at us hard and we just had enough to hold on in the end,’’ Olsen said.

‘‘We stuck together and defended well on our try-line and that really won the game for us. Last week we showed good glimpses against the premiers but they still put a big score on us because they’re a lethal team. Today we just played and competed for longer periods of the game and that’s what we aim to do – contest every little part of the game.

‘‘It was effort and that defence on our line, that was the big difference. We let in 57 points last week and seven today.’’

Despite the win, the Tahs remain last on the ladder with half the season gone.

Olsen said has side hasn’t given up hope of claiming a finals berth.

‘‘Anything is possible,’’ he said.

‘‘I said at the start that we want to win more games than we lose. We’ll start again from zero, train hard this week and focus on our next game against Campbelltown at home.

‘‘The ball bounced our way today. The rugby Gods smiled on us and we finally got the chocolates.

‘‘We’ll enjoy it but we won’t go out of control. It’s only one win, but hopefully it’s the start of something good for us.’’

Olsen will chalk up his 300th game with Tech Waratahs against Campbelltown.

‘‘It’ll be a big week for celebration and to reminisce, but we need to focus on putting the hard work and try to get another win,’’ he said.

Avondale remained unbeaten with a 62-10 thrashing of Shamrocks after being ahead 15-3 at half-time.

Camden registered their second win of the season, beating Shoalhaven 32-12.

The Campbelltown v University and Kiama v Vikings games were washed out.

Ladder: Avondale 40, University 33, Kiama, Campbelltown 29, Vikings 21, Shoalhaven 15, Camden 12, Shamrocks 11, Bowral 10, Tech Waratahs 4

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