Super Rugby

Waratahs beat Reds in Brisbane




The last of three Saturday Super rugby matches this weekend is in Brisbane where Queensland’s Reds host the New South Wales Waratahs.

The Waratahs have won the last eight matches between these two sides and the last time the Reds beat their southern neighbours was in 2013.

  • The Waratahs have won their last eight games on the bounce against the Reds by an average margin of 19 points per game; however, they had lost their five meetings prior to that run.
  • The Reds have won their last two Australian derbies when playing as hosts, the last time they won more was a five-game streak from 2012 to 2013.
  • The Waratahs have won seven of their last eight away games against teams currently in the Australian conference, including wins in their last two such fixtures.
  • Only the Crusaders (4) and Hurricanes (6) have conceded fewer tries in the final quarter of games than the Waratahs (7) this campaign.
  • Of the 170 players to make 50+ carries this season, the Reds’ Filipo Daugunu has the best average gain (11.4m) of any player, while the Tahs’ Taqele Naiyaravoro has the second best rate (10.8m).

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

The Reds kick off and the match is underway.

1.04: The Waratahs make a strong start to the match and get the ball to the Reds 5m on attack. As they move the ball wide Scott Higginbotham intercepts a pass and runs away to the line. He passes to Izaia Perese who picks up the pace and races for the line. TRY! The TMO reviews the try as there was a potential shoulder charge in there. The try stands after review.

2.00: The conversion is added and the Reds have an early lead.

4.00: The Waratahs hit back immediately as they get the ball into the Reds 5m line. The Waratahs move the ball wide and Kurtley Beale offloads to Taqele Naiyaravoro who sucks in three defenders and passes to Curtis Rona. TRY! Replays show that Rona may have lost contact with the ball milliseconds before the ball is grounded by the try stands.

6.00: Bernard Foley adds the conversion. The scores are level.

9.00: Penalty to the Reds. Stewart takes a shot at the posts but misses.

12.00: The Reds go through 5 phases and work the ball to the Waratahs line after a break from SamU Kerevi. They go over but get held up.

13.00: The Reds win the 5m scrum and go for the corner. They are slowed as they get to the line but Scott Higginbotham reaches out for the line and scores. TRY! 

15.00: Stewart takes the conversion kick from out wide but misses.

18.00: The Waratahs hit back almost immediately again. After 4 phases Bernard Foley goes for the line but its stopped short. The Waratahs recycle the ball and Nick Phipps passes to Michael Wells who crashes over and scores. TRY! 

19.00: Foley adds the conversion and the Waratahs lead again.

23.00: The Waratahs get through the Reds defence after a line out with a sniping run from Cam Clark who darts for the line and scores. The try is awarded but the crowd erupt as the replay shows on the screen so there is a review of the final pass. The try is ruled out for a forward pass. No try.

29.00: The Waratahs move the ball across the field and out to Taqele Naiyaravoro who dives over and dots the ball down fending off three tacklers. TRY!

30.00: Foley takes the conversion kick from the corner and slots it.

32.00: The Reds get the ball to the Waratahs 5m line. There is a ruck just before the line and Taniela Tupou dives over and scores. TRY!

33.00: Stewart adds the conversion.

36.00: The Waratahs get the ball but Kurtley Beale kicks for touch and it goes out on the full (hit the line) so they are called back.

37.00: The Reds attack from inside their half and make ground almost with ease but as they get near the Waratahs 22 the ball slows and they are kept and there is a knock on.

38.00: Early shove at the scrum from the Reds. Foley kicks for territory, the Waratahs chase as the ball stays in play and the Waratahs steal the ball. After a couple of phases the Waratahs win a penalty from the breakdown.

39.00; The Waratahs will take the line out. Foley kicks for touch. The Waratahs win the line out.

40.00: The siren sounds and the Waratahs kick high and wide – Israel Folua leaps into the air – catches the ball and drops to the ground and scores. TRY! 

41.00; Foley takes the conversion kick and nails it.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Reds 19 Waratahs 28

The Waratahs kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Waratahs get the perfect start. They set up a line out on the 5m line. The Waratahs win the line out and draw the Reds in. Phipps breaks off the back of the ruck and goes for the line and scores. TRY! 

43.00: Foley slots the conversion.

44.00: The Reds almost get through the Waratahs defence but the Tahs scramble and kill off the attack.

45.00: There is a review for foul play but nothing comes of it.

46.00: Penalty to the Waratahs as Higginbotham joins the ruck incorrectly. The Reds get a warning. The Waratahs kick for touch.

47.00: The Reds play the ball on the ground. Kane Douglas is yellow carded.

50.00: Out of almost nothing at all Folau gets the ball from a Reds chip over the top and races for the tryline and scores. TRY! 

52.00: Foley misses the conversion.

54.00: The Reds – still a man down – go through six phases on attack in the Waratahs 22. They get to the line and Alex Mafi goes over and scores. TRY! 

55.00: Hamish Stewart takes the conversion but misses.

57.00: Kan Douglas returns so the Reds are back to 15 players.

The Reds get the ball to Samu Kerevi and he sucks in two defenders and offloads to Caleb Timu who powers through another two tackles and scores. TRY! 

59.00: Stewart misses the conversion.

62.00: The Waratahs go through a couple of phases and slowly but steady make ground and the attack ends with Jake Gordon scoring the Waratahs 7th TRY!

63.00: Foley adds the conversion.

66.00: There is a review for some foul play but nothing comes off it. The match resumes with a scrum.

69.00: The Waratahs break the Reds defence again and this time Cam Clark gets the ball in space and scores. TRY! 

70.00: Bryce Hegarty misses the conversion.

72.00: The Reds are not finished yet. They get the ball into the Waratahs 22 and they go for the corner and Jordan Petaia scores. TRY!

73.00: Stewart takes the conversion but misses again.

75.00: The Reds drive for the line again and  Sef Fa’agase goes over and scores. TRY!

76.00: Ben Lucas adds the conversion.

80.00: The siren sounds for full time. Thats it. The Waratahs have won.

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The full time score is Reds 41 (19) Waratahs 52 (28)


Tries – I.Perese, S.Higginbotham, T.Tupou, A.Mafi, C.Timu, J.Petaia, S.Fa’agase
Pen –
Con – H.Stewart 2, B.Lucas
Drop –
Cards – K.Douglas (48th min yellow)

Tries – C.Rona, M.Wells, T.Naiyaravoro, I.Folau 2, N.Phipps, J.Gordon, C.Clark
Pen –
Con – B.Foley 6
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore



1. JP Smith, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa , 3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Kane Douglas, 6. Angus Scott-Young , 7. George Smith, 8. Scott Higginbotham (C) , 9. Moses Sorovi , 10. Hamish Stewart, 11. Jordan Petaia, 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Izaia Perese, 15. Jono Lance

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Sef Fa’agase, 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Caleb Timu , 21. Liam Wright, 22. Ben Lucas, 23. Jayden Ngamanu


15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty


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