South African recruit Sarel Pretorius made a strong debut for the Waratahs in a convincing 83-5 Super Rugby trial victory over Samoa A in Tamworth.
The halfback didn't figure on the scoreboard but looked sharp in a game used as an experiment by new Waratahs coach Michael Foley.
Pretorius was well-supported by Berrick Barnes as the Waratahs opened up a 38-5 lead by halftime when both teams made wholesale changes at Scully Park.
Tom Carter crossed twice on the back of strong drives, while Damien Fitzpatrick posted a second-half hat-trick.
All up the Waratahs scored 13 tries but will be concerned by a hamstring injury to winger Lachie Turner, which will be assessed today.
The Samoan selection was lacking star players on duty with their European clubs.