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Saturday 14 April 2018, 5:45am EDT

Waratahs v Reds

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  • FT
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Harry Johnson-Holmes
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Taqele Naiyaravoro
  • ConversionJono Lance
  • TRY!Filipo Daugunu
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Taqele Naiyaravoro
  • Penalty GoalJames Tuttle
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalJames Tuttle
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Jake Gordon
  • Penalty GoalJames Tuttle
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Waratahs T C P
15 Bryce Hegarty 0 0 0
14 Alex Newsome 0 0 0
13 Curtis Rona 0 0 0
12 Kurtley Beale 0 0 0
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro 2 0 0
10 Bernard Foley 0 4 3
9 Jake Gordon 1 0 0
1 Tom Robertson 0 0 0
2 Damien Fitzpatrick 0 0 0
3 Sekope Kepu 0 0 0
4 Ned Hanigan 0 0 0
5 Rob Simmons 0 0 0
6 Will Miller 0 0 0
7 Michael Hooper 0 0 0
8 Michael Wells 0 0 0
16 Hugh Roach 0 0 0
17 Harry Johnson-Holmes 1 0 0
18 Paddy Ryan 0 0 0
19 Thomas Staniforth 0 0 0
20 Jed Holloway 0 0 0
21 Nick Phipps 0 0 0
22 Lalakai Foketi 0 0 0
23 Cameron Clark 0 0 0
Reds T C P
15 Aidan Toua 0 0 0
14 Filipo Daugunu 1 0 0
13 Chris Feauai-Sautia 0 0 0
12 Samu Kerevi 0 0 0
11 Izaia Perese 0 0 0
10 Jono Lance 0 1 0
9 James Tuttle 0 0 3
1 James Slipper 0 0 0
2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 0 0 0
3 Ruan Smith 0 0 0
4 Izack Rodda 0 0 0
5 Kane Douglas 0 0 0
6 Lukhan Tui 0 0 0
7 Liam Wright 0 0 0
8 Caleb Timu 0 0 0
16 Alex Mafi 0 0 0
17 Jean-Pierre Smith 0 0 0
18 Sef Fa'agase 0 0 0
19 Adam Korczyk 0 0 0
20 Angus Scott-Young 0 0 0
21 Tate McDermott 0 0 0
22 Hamish Stewart 0 0 0
23 Jordan Petaia 0 0 0


Super Rugby

5 Waratahs 51 44
13 Reds 39 28
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  • For the first few minutes of the second half, the Reds looked like they were going to claw their way back into this contest; but when Naiyaravoro went half the length of the field for an interception score, the result seemed to never really be in doubt. The Waratahs extend their winning run to eight games over their biggest rivals - and in some style too. Full-time at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it finishes Waratahs 37-16 Reds. Thank you for joining us - and have a great weekend!
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Waratahs 37-16 Reds. There was never going to be any doubt about it; Foley adds the extras and puts some more gloss on a big win for NSW as the full-time whistle goes.
  • Try
    TRY: Waratahs 35-16 Reds. Yes they can! Harry Johnson-Holmes gets his first Super Rugby try from close distance as he crashes over to the left of the posts from a Phipps pass. The Waratahs are going to the top of the Australian Conference.
  • The hooter goes with a penalty advantage for the Waratahs; can they get one more try for the bonus point?
  • It looks unlikely; the Reds are trapped in turnover and the Waratahs get the penalty as they celebrate wildly. That should be it.
  • Back-to-back penalties for the Reds now and they are once again camped close to the Waratahs try-line. A third comes a moment later; can they come up with a miracle at the SCG?
  • Reds get the ball from the restart with a smart, quick turnover, but the hosts pull one of their own off moments later and they come away from their line.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Waratahs 30-16 Reds. Foley adds the two and it's a double converted score lead for NSW once more.
  • Try
    TRY: Waratahs 28-16 Reds. It's a-ok for Naiyaravoro! He gets a brace as the try is awarded - and that very well may be the game for the hosts.
  • Is this a double for Naiyaravoro? The big winger is over at short distance on the left wing after the Waratahs pile on the pressure, with Phipps putting the neat pass to his outside at short distance. The referee wants a second look at the grounding though and sends it upstairs.
  • Multiple scrum collapses force the referee to speak at length to the front-rowers about their discipline when packing down.
  • The Reds botch their line-out but the Waratahs can't press them, putting the ball out themselves to their frustration through a loose Beale pass. It comes up for them however; two phases later, the Reds cough up again and the hosts get a scrum just inside the opposition half.
  • Beale drills it low to the openside wing to pin the Reds back for a 25-yard defensive line-out as Paddy Ryan arrives on the field for what is his 100th NSW cap.
  • Nick Phipps is on for the first time in 2018 as he takes the place of Jake Gordon, with the hosts looking to inject some fresh legs into the equation.
  • Daugunu knocks on a crossfield grubber put his way 30 yards out on the right and the Waratahs will have a defensive scrum.
  • Knock-ons from both sides now, either side of a Beale-Naiyaravoro combo, with the Reds eventually regathering to attack back on halfway.
  • A messy passage of play between both sides sees Smith come up with the ball for the Reds and they find themselves just shy of the 22-yard mark, pushing the Waratahs back.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Waratahs 23-16 Reds. We're back to a converted score gap now as the extras are slotted over by Tuttle.
  • Try
    TRY: Waratahs 23-14 Reds. Daugunu strikes back for the Reds! The winger picks up a loose pass from Foley and goes 45 yards, untouched, to haul the visitors straight back into this game.
  • The Reds earn a promising turnover 25 yards out from the Waratahs try-line through Kerevi, only for his offload to go straight to Newsome as he tries to spread it wide to the blindside.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Waratahs 23-9 Reds. It's a two try lead for the hosts as Foley bangs the penalty over.
  • Penalty for the Waratahs now as captain Slipper comes off his feet, and Foley will go for goal again, from 40 yards out in front.
  • The Reds look to string a solid attack together and go down the left channel, where they are forced into a turnover at a simple ruck. It's frustrating for the visitors, who look rather harried after that counter-attack score.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Waratahs 20-9 Reds. Foley swings in the extras and increases the lead to 11 points for the hosts. The Waratahs needed that score; they were under pressure from a sparky Reds side in this second half.
  • Try
    TRY: Waratahs 18-9 Reds. Naiyaravoro with the interception! From dummy-half, Lance puts a forward pass straight into the hands of the winger and he tears off down the left wing to touch down in the corner.
  • The Reds get a penalty now as they force the scrum collapse and use it to reach halfway on their openside.
  • The Waratahs respond with a sharp play, through a Beale chip that opens up a gap for the hosts - only for the offload to Gordon to be aimed at the half-back's head, forcing him to bobble it forward as he attempts to take it in.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Waratahs 13-9 Reds. Tuttle adds the three and it's now a four-point game at the SCG.
  • The Reds have come out of the blocks quicker in the second half and, through Tuttle, earn a penalty from in front of the sticks. They'll go for the posts to cut the gap again.
  • We're back underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground with an exchange of clearing kicks from both sides, as Lance and Beale jockey to give their sides the better field position.
  • Down by a converted try going into the break, the Reds may feel that they are in a stronger position than they deserve to be. The Waratahs have controlled this game from the first whistle and should be further ahead, held up once over the line and denied another by the loose hands of Naiyaravoro. Still, a try for Gordon - off the back of a great Wells break - means they have the lead; at half-time, it's Waratahs 13-6 Reds.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Waratahs 13-6 Reds. Tuttle makes no mistake from bang in front and the gap is cut to seven. Waratahs restart but the ball only has two phases before it is booted into touch for half-time.
  • It's a knock-on from the restart from the Waratahs however, and then three phases later, Foley is penalised for impeding the ruck. From 25 yards out in front, the Reds will go for goal.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Waratahs 13-3 Reds. No trouble with the conversion from Foley and he adds the extras to give the hosts a 10-point lead.
  • Try
    TRY: Waratahs 11-3 Reds. And what a run from Wells! The number eight busts through two tackles as he stampedes down the right wing, then booms a wonderful pass inside for Gordon who dots down to the right of the posts in a 70-yard move. First try of the game to NSW.
  • An exchange of box kicks from both steadies the tempo, before the Waratahs look to return through Michael Wells.
  • The Reds are forced into a knock-on and Beale clears with the advantage, only for Aidan Toua to go on a barnstorming run back downfield. Three phases later, they get turned over and now Beale counters with Hegarty; only for his last offload to be over the head of Foley, who spills as he tries to collect. A huge let-off for both sides there.
  • Free-kick from the scrum for the Waratahs but Foley fails to find touch and Tuttle brings it back downfield for the Reds, who work through a massive 15 phases as they crawl towards the try-line.
  • Penalty for the Reds now as Hanigan comes into the line-out too early and the visitors go for touch rather than goal. They botch their own line-out however and the Waratahs will have a defensive scrum.
  • After the line-out is fumbled by the Reds, the hosts get a five-yard scrum on their own line; pinned back, Foley's clearing kick doesn't go far and the visitors get the line-out 22 yards away.
  • Perese won't rest easy however and forces the Reds forward with a brilliant box kick collection. He bodychecks Hooper on the left wing to set up a run of play that stretches across the field to Daugunu; the winger can't escape Will Miller however who turns him into touch for a line-out.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Waratahs 6-3 Reds. Tuttle gets the length and guides it over, wto halve the gap to three points. Given how much pressure has been on their line from the Waratahs, you'd imagine the Reds would take this scoreline at half-time quite happily.
  • Penalty to the Reds now as Robertson fails to clear the ruck and, against the ropes, Tuttle has a chance to go for goal some 50 yards out in front of goal for the visitors.
  • Great work from Liam Wright manages to stop the bulldozing Waratahs attack in their tracks and earn the turnover for good measure.
  • Line-out to the Reds now as they earn the turnover penalty. They put it long to take the pressure off again, but Newsome sparks a fast move back into Queensland territory for the hosts.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Waratahs 6-0 Reds. Foley makes no mistake and the hosts double their lead in Sydney.
  • Foley breaks for Waratahs, cutting through the Reds defence; his offload however goes straight to Tui. The visitors give away a penalty immediately though as in looking to play it fast, Douglas comes off his feet. The hosts will go for goal, 25 yards out to the left this time.
  • Tuttle kicks long from the scrum and takes the weight off the Reds defence, giving the Waratahs a defensive line-out to deal with.
  • Robertson knocks on under pressure and the Reds are off the hook again. The Waratahs have dominated this game in attack so far but aside from that Foley penalty, have nothing to show for it.
  • Now a free-kick to the Reds as the Waratahs fold in the scrum. The hosts recollect through the line-out however and work their way gradually back downfield from the 40-yard mark.
  • What a let off for the Reds! Naiyaravoro is over in the corner but drops the ball in trying to ground it and the try goes begging for the Waratahs. Scrum to the visitors.
  • The Reds cough up the ball in the ruck and are penalised for a subsequent knock-down, allowing the Waratahs to pin them back on their blindside wing. Hooper burrows over in the resulting maul; held up is the call from the referee and it will be a five-yard attacking scrum.
  • Slick work from Beale releases Naiyaravoro down the left and the Waratahs make great headway towards the Reds line. They pick up a penalty advantage in the process, though it runs out four phases later as Newsome is turned over just shy of the try-line.
  • The Reds pin the hosts back on their own line with a defensive line-out from the restart but Jake Gordon clears it expertly to halfway after Simmons prises it out of the air.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Waratahs 3-0 Reds. After a brief delay setting up, Foley slots over the penalty from 45 yards out to give the Waratahs an early lead.
  • Izaia Perese was turned over by the hosts to earn that play and the hosts are going to go for goal.
  • We're underway in New South Wales and it's the Reds who have the first attack. Both sides keep it low and exchange smart kicks in warm, fairly dry conditions before the Waratahs come up with a penalty just inside the opposition half.
  • The teams are out at the Sydney Cricket Ground and we're moments away from kick-off.
  • Replacements: Alex Mafi, JP Smith, Sef Fa’agase, Adam Korczyk, Angus Scott-Young, Tate McDermott, Hamish Stewart, Jordan Petaia
  • Reds XV: Aidan Toua, Filip Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Izaia Perese, Jono Lance, James Tuttle; James Slipper (c), Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Ruan Smith, Izack Rodda, Kane Douglas, Lukhan Tui, Liam Wright, Caleb Timu
  • Replacements: Hugh Roach, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Paddy Ryan, Tom Staniforth, Jed Holloway, Nick Phipps, Lalakai Foketi, Cameron Clark
  • Waratahs XV: Bryce Hegarty, Alex Newsome, Curtis Rona, Kurtley Beale, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon; Tom Robertson, Damien Fitzpatrick, Sekope Kepu, Ned Hanigan, Rob Simmons, Will Miller, Michael Hooper (c), Michael Wells
  • Team news then and the Waratahs welcome back Nick Phipps for the first time in 2018 after a calf injury, with the Test halfback slotting onto the bench in the place of Mitch Short. As for the Reds, they make a handful of changes; Ruan Smith gets a run-on start for the side, whilst Liam Tuttle, Caleb Timu and Lukhan Tui are amongst the other changes in the XV.
  • There's a first for over three decades today though; namely the venue. This will be the first encounter between NSW and Queensland in rugby union since 1983 at the Sydney Cricket Ground; the Waratahs' normal home of Allianz Stadium is unavailable due to the A-League clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
  • Indeed, the hosts have not lost to the Reds since 2013 when they were edged out 14-12 in Sydney; since then, they are undefeated against their northern rivals. This will be the pair's 29th encounter in Super Rugby overall; the Waratahs have 14 victories to their name, with 13 losses and a single draw so far.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby 2018 as the Waratahs and the Reds reignite their famous rivalry at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It's New South Wales against Queensland once again as the visitors look to avoid three losses on the bounce; can they grab a victory against a Waratahs team who've got the better of them in their seven last encounters? Kick-off is on the way.

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