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Waratahs beat Highlanders in Sydney

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Article Published: Friday 4 July 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Waratahs and the Highlanders the Waratahs have won three and the Highlanders two.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: There is a bit of kicking from both teams early on and the Highlanders are caught offside in front of the kicker so the Waratahs have a penalty.

2.00: Bernard Foley takes the kick and nails it. The Waratahs lead.

4.00: The Highlanders throw in a poor so the Waratahs get the ball but then they knock on.

5.00: The Highlanders win their scrum and start to move the ball forward but then they give away a penalty. Foley kicks for touch.

6.00: The Waratahs win the line out but then as they get to the other side the Highlanders win a penalty for going off the feet. They kick for touch. The Highlanders win the line out but the ball is turned over and then Foley loses the ball forward.

8.00: The Highlanders win their scrum but they knock on after a couple of passes. Conditions are perfect so it must be early nerves causing the knock ons.

11.00: Both teams showing great willingness to run the ball. The Highlanders try to attack but Malakai Fekitoa loses the ball in the tackle.

12.00: Stephen Hoiles makes a break for the Waratahs and they get the Highlanders on the backfoot. Hoiles is caught but the Tahs keep the ball alive and Rob Horne slips through a gap and scores the opening TRY! Aaron Smith is also sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul.

13.00: Foley misses the conversion.

17.00: Ged Robinson comes on for the Highlanders replacing Brayden Mitchell who comes off for a concussion test but also has a shoulder problem.

19.00: Penalty to the Highlanders just before the half way line. They consider going for posts. They eventually decide that Lima Sopoaga will take the shot.

20.00: Sopoaga's kick is just short. Mitchell has failed the concussion test so Robinson will stay on.

22.00: The Highlanders win another penalty but this one is in front and just outside the 22m line. Sopoaga takes the shot nails it and the Highlanders are on the board.

23.00; Aaron Smith is back on. The Highlanders failed to add any score in his absence.

25.00: Lima Sopoaga kicks for territory but the ball goes out on the full.

26.00: The Waratahs get the ball and work it into the Highlanders 22, they look dangerous but then the Highlanders turn the ball over and eventually kick it out.

28.00: Penalty to the Waratahs from the breakdown. Foley will kick for posts. He lines up takes the shot and nails it.

30.00: The Highlanders get the ball into the Waratahs 22 with a maul. They press forward and threaten the Tahs tryline but then get called back for a penalty. Sopoaga will take the shot at the posts.

31.00: Sopoaga nails the kick and reduces the deficit a little.

35.00: Both teams still full of attack. The Highlanders keep attacking but the Highlanders are keeping them in the middle of the field.

36.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for hands in the ruck. Sopoaga will take a shot at the posts.

38.00: Sopoaga's kick just sneaks over the cross bar. It's a two point game.

39.00; The Waratahs start to threaten in the Blues half after a break by Nick Phipps but they are pushed into touch.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. It is half time.

The half time score was Waratahs 11 Highlanders 9

The Waratahs kick off and we are underway. The Waratahs have brought big Will Skelton on.

41.00: The Highlanders try to run the ball out of their 22 but a poor pass goes to Ben Smith and he knocks on in front of the posts 5m out.

42.0: The Waratahs win the scrum and they us the inside ball to Israel Folau and he busts through three tackles and scores. TRY!

43.00: Foley slots the conversion. Perfect start for the Tahs.

44.00: The Waratahs head are up. They are in full attack mode forcing the Highlanders to scramble.

45.00: The Waratahs are sending wave after wave of attack at the Highlanders. Beale however passes to Hooper and Hooper loses the ball and knocks on.

47.00: The Waratahs almost get Kurtley Beale through but he knocks on. The final passes are killing the Waratahs.

48.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for not releasing. They kick for touch. Waratahs win the line out and run the ball into the Highlanders 22.

50.00: The Waratahs keep the pressure on and Alofa Alofa pops a pass up to Sekope Kepu powers through a tackle to the line and scores. TRY!

51.00: Foley misses the conversion.

52.00: The Highlanders try to attack in the centre of the field but the Waratahs come up quickly and force a knock on.

54.00: The Waratahs win a penalty from the scrum. Front row collapsing. Foley kicks for touch.

56.00: The Waratahs continue to attack. Folau tries to attack down the wing but he is caught. The Tahs keep the ball alive but then the Highlanders get an intercept. Ben Smith makes a break and takes Richard Buckman with him, they get the ball to a metre out but then get pushed into touch. Close. very close.

57.00: The Waratahs win the line out but they struggle to get the ball away. The Tahs then win a penalty for not releasing. Foley kicks for touch.

61.00: The Waratahs pick up a ball from a Highlanders 5m scrum. Horne goes over to score but the ball went forward to him from Phipps. No try. 5m scrum.

63.00: Big scrum from the Waratahs earns them a penalty on the 5m line. They scrum again.

64.00: The Waratahs win the scrum, Palu goes for the line and passes to Phipps who goes over to score the BONUS point TRY!

65.00: Foley's conversion goes in off the post.

67.00: The Highlanders win a penalty. They kick for touch. The line out is messy but the Highlanders get the ball in the Waratahs 22.

68.00: The Waratahs turn the ball over and run it out to almost the half way line. The Highlanders win the line out and attack. After a couple of phases the Highlanders win a penalty so they run it.

69.00: The Waratahs turn the ball over and Alofa Alofa kicks and chases. The Highlanders get to the ball but lose and the Waratahs recycle it and send it wide. Jacques Potgieter goes over for the fifth Tahs TRY! Team try.

71.00: Foley slots the conversion. Beale and Potgieter come off.

The Highlanders get what must be a consolation try as Phil Burleigh spots a gap and takes it. He scores. TRY!

73.00: Hayden Parker slots the conversion.

77.00: The Waratahs are not done yet. They continue to keep the Highlanders under pressure.

78.00: The Waratahs attack down the wing and Taqele Naiyaravoro slips past Hayden Parker on the wing and scores his debut Super Rugby TRY.

79.00: Foley takes the conversion and nails it.

80.00: The siren sounds. That's it.

The Waratahs win.

The full time score is Waratahs 44(11) Highlanders 16 (9)


Tries - R.Horne, I.Folau, S.Kepu, N.Phipps, J.Potgieter, T.Naiyaravoro
Pen - B.Foley 2
Con - B.Foley 3
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - P.Burleigh
Pen - L.Sopoaga 3
Con - H.Parker
Drop -
Cards - A.Smith (13th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2: Ed Martin
TMO:George Ayoub



1. Benn Robinson , 2.Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Stephen Hoiles , 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15 Israel Folau .

Replacements: 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Jeremy Tilse , 19. Will Skelton , 20. Pat McCutcheon , 21. Mitchell Chapman 22. Brendan McKibbin , 23.Taqele Naiyaravoro .


1 . Kane Hames, 2 . Brayden Mitchell, 3 . Ma'afu Fia, 4 . Tom Franklin , 5 . Joe Wheeler, 6 . Elliot Dixon, 7 . Shane Christie, 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne, 12 . Shaun Treeby, 13 . Malakai Fekitoa, 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson, 17 . Matias Diaz, 18 . Chris King, 19 . Josh Bekhuis, 20 . Lee Allan, 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 . Hayden Parker, 23 . Phil Burleigh

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