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Hooper pleased with Waratahs performance



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Waratahs Super Rugby captain Michael Hooper has paid credit to his team-mates for the way that they kept to their game plan against the Reds.

Hooper’s Waratahs beat the Reds 30-10 in Sydney but the captain said even though the scoreline suggests differently they were tested by the Queensland side.

“The Reds threw a lot at us, particularly in the second half and credit to the guys for sticking in there through a lot of penalties and we managed to stay in the game,” said Hooper.

Hooper said that they they struggled to contain the Reds a lot more in the second half but he was pleased with the way his team mates stood up to the challenge and took control of the game back.

“We were comfortably controlling them in the first half, but then some really good one-on-ones from them in the second half caught us off guard and we had to get back in the game and we did that well.”

The Waratahs will face a much sterner test in Round 2 as they travel to Canberra on Friday where they will face the Brumbies who topped the Australian Conference by hammering last year’s finalists the Hurricanes.

Meanwhile Waratahs lock Will Skelton has been issued with a Citing Commissioner Warning for contravening Law 10.4 (k) Dangerous play in a scrum, ruck or maul, during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

The incident occurred when Skelton made contact with Reds #2 Saia Fainga’a in the 25th minute of the opening round match.

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