Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika says he was pleased with the progress his team made as they beat the Rebels to end a nine match losing streak and win the Weary Dunlop Shield for the fifth successive time.
The Waratahs trailed 6-16 at half time but second half tries from flyhalf Bernard Foley and flanker Michael Hooper got them back into the match and a try from replacement prop Paddy Ryan sealed the win in the wet conditions.
"We played at a good standard for a period of time and that got us back in the game," said Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.
"There's a lot that's still scratchy in some parts but the general shape, how we want to be seen to be playing as a team, was there and we stuck at it."
The team clearly progressed in confidence as the match went on, reversing a lack of first half possession to swing the momentum their way in the second period.
"Every week we're trying to add a little bit on, trying to go forward, trying not to take any steps backward and just build on that and prove ourselves to ourselves and our fans," said Cheika.
And the side's clear ambitions won them the support of the vociferous 11,206 strong crowd who braved the inclement conditions to cheer their side to victory.
"What we have to do is perform and earn the respect of people," said Cheika.
"And then hopefully one guy will talk to the next guy, and the next guy and so on and we'll earn the right to have a good crowd behind us."
"That's what we're really trying to do and not worry about things that are beyond our control."