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Winger Cam Crawford scored a first-half hat-trick, as Australia’s Waratahs went on a record scoring spree to thrash South Africa’s Southern Kings 72-10 in their Super Rugby match in Port Elizabeth.
The visitors ran in 11 tries – the first from Crawford after just 36 seconds – as they set a new competition record for the biggest wining margin by an away team with an overwhelming display of power rugby and backline running.
The rout featured six tries scored in the first half-hour, with the Kings bewildered by the early onslaught and subsequently never in the game, their much-vaunted defence splintered from the start by the pace of the Waratahs.
Crawford’s opening try came after a mazy run from fullback Israel Folau, who scored the second in the fifth minute with a clever burst through a gap in the leaky home defence.
The third try came from Crawford in the 15th minute, as he stepped inside the wing and held off the tacklers to stretch over the line to score.
A bonus point was secured four minutes later, when lock Kane Douglas found himself free on the wing to dive over for his first Super Rugby score.
A jinking break from flyhalf Bernard Foley set up a try for