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This was a live match report.

 

Preview

These are two teams at the opposite ends of the rugby spectrum and indeed the competition. The Blues are flying high, second on the standings and on a three-match winning streak. They have won five of their six games and their only loss was by one point. They are coming off a bye and will be fresh.

 

This is compared to a Waratahs team that have four defeats and a draw in their last five matches. Their only win was in Round One and they are second from bottom on the standings.

So common sense tell you there should only be one winner in this game.

 

Match detail

 

The Blues got the first points of the match when Luke McAlister slotted a penalty. The ball looked to be going wide but curled in to give the Blues the lead.

 

In the 12th minute Luke McAlister had an identical kick at posts but this time the ball did not curl in so the scores stayed the same.

 

The Blues keep the pressure up and from 7 metres out Daniel Braid breaks through three Waratahs tackles to score the first try of the night. McAlister converts and the Blues have a 10 point lead.

 

Peter Hewat slots a penalty for the Waratahs for a high tackle on Rocky Elsom and the Waratahs are on the board.

 

The pain continues for the Waratahs as Troy Flavell scores an easy try for the Blues. McAlister slots the conversion again.

 

The Waratahs are then awarded a penalty and Peter Hewat slots it to keep the Waratahs in the hunt.

 

As we go into the changerooms for half-time the Waratahs must be thinking what they can do to not only turn the game around but their whole season.

 

Half time score was Blues 17 Waratahs 6.

 

The Blues continued their domination of the match and ball and one wonders how much longer the Waratahs can defend.

 

As the pressure mounts the Waratahs give away a penalty in front of the posts. McAlister slots an easy penalty as the Blues get the first points of the half.

 

Two minutes later Steve Devine of the Blues who was actually born in New South Wales breaks through the Waratahs defence to score the Blues third try. McAlister converts again.

 

The Blues look like they are about to tear this game apart. They only need one more try for the bonus point but they can get their points differential up in this one now.

 

Just as it looked like the Blues would open up the Waratahs managed to tighten things up a bit and stem the flow of points against them.

 

Will Caldwell gets the Waratahs first yellow of the season as the Tahs are reduced to 14 for ten minutes. The Blues then use the numbers and drive for the line but are held up.

 

A scrum is awarded and the Blues get the ball out to Flavell who scores his second try of the match and this one is under the posts.

 

The Bonus point try is converted by McAlister.

 

A minute after the siren the Waratahs were awarded a penalty just 10 metres out but as they swung the ball wide, the ball went out and the whistle went signalling the end of the match.

 

Full report to follow.

 

Full time score is Blues 34 Waratahs 6.

 

Scorers

 

Blues
Tries – Daniel Braid, Troy Flavell (2),Steve Devine
Penalties – Luke McAlister (2)
Conversion – Luke McAlister (4)


Waratahs
Tries –
Penalties – Peter Hewat 2
Conversion –
Yellow card – Will Caldwell

 


Teams:

Blues: 15 George Pisi, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Isa Nacewa, 9 Steve Devine, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Angus Macdonald, 5 Troy Flavell (c), 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Derren Witcombe, 1 Chris Heard.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Nick White, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Justin Collins, 20 David Gibson, 21 David Holwell, 22 Ben Atiga.

Waratahs: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Sam Norton-Knight, 13 Lote Tuqiri, 12 Morgan Turinui, 11 Lachlan Turner, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 David Lyons, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Will Caldwell, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Alastair Baxter, 2 Adam Freier (c), 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Ben Hand, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Daniel Halangahu, 22 Ben Jacobs, 23 Tim Davidson, 24 Sam Harris

Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Touch judges: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand), Brian Kinsey

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