Tahs, Reds looking sharp

The Waratahs caned Fiji 41-13 while the Reds recorded an impressive 38-5 thrashing of the Brumbies.

Reports suggest the Sydney-based franchise looked sharp and superbly conditioned and the islanders were never in the contest.

Berrick Barnes impressed in general play at pivot and what are likely to be first-choice combinations gelled very well.

A slick break from Drew Mitchell sparked a move that ended with Kurtley Beale crossing in the fourth minute, before Afa Pakalani grabbed a brace. Barnes, for all his skill with ball in hand endured a woeful night with the boot, failing to convert any of the aforementioned tries.

Mitchell, Lachie Turner (2) and Ryan Cross scored before the Tahs gave opportunities to rising academy players.

Meanwhile in Darwin the Reds made a statement of intent against the Brumbies, dominating the match. Digby Ioane starred for the Queensland franchise, while Will Genia and Quade Cooper combined well to down the Canberra franchise.