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The Blues extended their winning streak over the Waratahs to five straight wins by beating the New South Wales side 12-32 at Newcastle with a bonus point.

The Blues outscored the Waratahs by five tries to two with winger Mark Telea scoring two late tries to earn a hat-trick of tries.


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The Waratahs have not beaten the Blues since 2015 and never really looked like they would end the losing streak in the second round clash.

The Blues victory is their first away win in ten matches as their last win away from home was in May 2018 when they beat the Waratahs in Sydney.

The loss for the Waratahs means they have gone two rounds without a win as they were beaten 43-25 last weekend by the Crusaders.

The Blues victory moves them above the Crusaders while the Waratahs provisionally drop to 15th place in the overall standings.

The Blues started with more energetic play than their hosts which resulted in them scoring the opening try after ten minutes of play as Blake Gibson crossed the line after 11 minutes.

Will Harrison of the Waratahs and Stephen Perofeta for the Blues exchanged penalty kicks but only the Blues were able to convert the opportunity to points on the board.

With half time approaching the Waratahs raised their intensity and after going through 17 phases in the Blues 22 they spread the ball wide which allowed Lalakai Foketi to score in the corner.

Harrison added the conversion and the hosts trailed by a point at 7-8 at the break.

The Blues however came out from the break with far more intent and early tries from English test back Joe Marchant and Mark Telea gave the Blues a healthy lead.

Hoskins Sotutu who had earlier created Telea’ try was yellow carded for a high tackle and while he was in the sin-bin the Waratahs used their numbers advantage to stretch the Blues and Mark Nawaqanitawase scored in the corner.

Beale missed the conversion and despite there being 20 minutes remaining the hosts were unable to add any further points.

The Blues launched a late charge in the final five minutes and Selea ran in two tries three minutes apart which earned the Auckland side their bonus point.

Next week the Blues host the Crusaders in Auckland next Friday while the Waratahs travel to Melbourne to play the Rebels.

Final Score Waratahs 12(7) Blues 32 (8)

Scorers

Waratahs
Tries -L.Foketi, M.Nawaqanitawase
Pen –
Con -W.Harrison
Drop –
Cards –

Blues
Tries – B.Gibson, J.Marchant, M.Telea 3
Pen -S.Perofeta
Con – S.Perofeta 2
Drop –
Cards – H.Sotutu (55th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1:Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2:Nic Berry
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacments: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Tepai Moeroa, 22 Mitch Short, 23 Jack Maddocks

Blues

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2. Kurt Eklund, 3. Sione Mafileo, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu ©, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Dalton Papalii, 7. Blake Gibson, 8. Hoskins Sotutu; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. Mark Telea, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Joe Marchant, 14. Jordan Hyland, 15. Matt Duffie.

Replacements : 16. James Parsons, 17. Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Tom Robinson, 20. Akira Ioane; 21. Sam Nock, 22. Harry Plummer, 23. Emoni Narawa.

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