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Reds beat Waratahs in Brisbane

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The Reds have played the Waratahs 32 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Reds have won 13 matches, lost 18 times and drawn once.

The Queensland Reds’ 13 wins give them a record of winning 41% of their matches against the NSW Waratahs regardless of venue.

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are back down under for the first interstate derby in Super Rugby Australia. NSW kick-off and get us going. It’s a short drop-out that results in a scrum to the Reds.

3.00: Bryce Hegarty kicks the penalty to the Tahs’ 22. From the resulting lineout, Harry Wilson knocks on trying to take a flat pass to the gain-line. Reset scrum.

4.00: Penalty to the visitors after Nic Berry deemed Taniela Tupou collapsed the scrum.

5.00: The Waratahs butcher their throw, and then trail offsides. Hegarty boots the hosts to the corner flag.

6.00: TRY! That was easy as you like. A well-worked lineout fools the visitors as the forwards and backs interchange before the skipper Liam Wright crashes over next to the posts. 5-0

7.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty adds the extras. 7-0

9.00: The visitors are on the attack inside the opposition’s 22.

10.00: TRY! Harry Johnson-Holmes barges his way over from close range following an 11-phase attack by New South Wales. 7-5

11.00: CONVERSION! Will Harrison levels with a perfect kick down the middle. 7-7

12.00: Joey Walton knocks on a simple pass, the ball hitting the centre in the face after James Ramm’s break.

14.00: The Waratahs attack comes to an end after an attacker joins the ruck, incorrectly. Angus Blyth is off for an HIA. On comes Tuaina Taii Tualima for his Super Rugby debut.

16.00: James O’Connor takes a high ball and sets up an attack. Several phases later Robbie Abel gives away a penalty allowing the Reds to set-up an attacking lineout on the NSW 22.

17.00: No advantage to the home team after Ned Hanigan’s high tackle on Tate McDermott. The ball is out for another 5m lineout.

18.00: TRY! Filipo Daugunu puts on his dancing shoes and goes around Mark Nawaqanitawase to score his seventh Super Rugby try. It was too easy for the Reds. 12-7

19.00: MISS! The conversion attempt is wide. 12-7

21.00: The Waratahs butcher another attack inside the Reds’ 22. The visitors cannot seem to get past five phases without conceding a penalty or knocking on.

22.00: Angus Blyth will not return, he has failed his HIA.

24.00: NO TRY! Taniela Tupou ghosts through the ruck and flops over the chalk. The TMO has a look for an obstruction and decides the try should not stand. The Reds still get a penalty for an earlier NSW knock-on. Scrum to the Reds on the 5m.

25.00: Scrum reset.

26.00: Angus Bell collapses the scrum. Wright opts for another scrum. If this set-piece goes down, it will be a yellow card, for sure.

27.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! Bell concedes a third penalty but is not carded. Mr Berry calls over captain Rob Simmons and gives him a final warning. The reset scrum is reset yet again.

28.00: YELLOW CARD! Bell is sent to the sidelines after another indiscretion. 12-7

29.00: TRY! Tate McDermott pulls a Ronan O’Gara, taking a quick tap penalty, cutting inside the unsuspecting Waratahs to get the Reds’ third score of the night. 17-7

30.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 19-7

32.00: The visitors win a penalty inside the Reds’ 22 and will take a shot at goal.

34.00: PENALTY! Harrison makes no mistake from in front. 19-10

36.00: NO TRY! McDermott breaks from halfway to the opposition’s 22. The halfback is tackled short of the line by Jack Maddocks, the Tahs recycle but do it sloppily. The ball rolls out of the ruck, stops on the line and Wright, from an offside position, dives on the loose ball. The TMO and ref rule it out. 19-10

37.00: The Waratahs are lucky to still be in this contest, they’ve conceded three tries and the Reds have had two chalked off by fine margins after TMO interventions.

39.00: A decent scrum by the visitors ends with another loose pass going to the opposition; however, the ball is taken back into the Reds’ 22 and kicked out. A lineout on the 22 for the Tahs.

40.00: Penalty-advantage to NSW for offsides. Bell heads back onto the field. The visitors can cut the deficit from in front.

41.00: PENALTY! Harrison cuts the gap to six points at halftime. 19-13

The halftime score was Reds 19 Waratahs 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Queensland.

42.00: Another penalty goes to the Tahs, Harrison calls for the tee.

43.00: PENALTY! Harrison adds another three points. 19-16

44.00: The penalty count has swung in favour to the visitors; it was 9-2 to the Reds but is now 10-8.

45.00: A superb counter-attack by the Reds ends with Michael Hooper getting caught behind his line. It’s the first goal-line drop-out since the rules changed.

46.00: The Reds win a penalty now, and Hegarty kicks to the corner.

48.00: TRY! Maddocks runs a perfect line, takes Lachlan Swinton’s inside pass and ghosts away untouched to score. WOW! the Reds are imploding. 19-21

49.00: CONVERSION! Harrison can’t miss from next to the sticks. 19-23

53.00: It’s end-to-end now as both teams counter-attack.

56.00: The Reds have had some possession, but cannot find a way through some big defence.

57.00: MISS! Hegarty can’t cut the deficit from long-range. 19-23

61.00: Queensland have got themselves back into this match, but they need points for all their possession and territory.

63.00: Hegarty kicks to the corner instead of having a shot.

64.00: TRY! A seven-phase attack ends with Harry Wilson crashing over under the posts. Hegarty almost butchered the chance by cutting inside when the outside pass would have guaranteed a try. No matter. 24-23

65.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty gives his team a deserved lead. 26-23

67.00: YELLOW CARD! Tupou gets his marching orders for a second “roughing the kicker” indiscretion. Not very smart by the prop, who allows Harrison a shot at goal.

68.00: PENALTY! Wilson slots the long-range kick to level the scores. 26-26

70.00: Thorn’s men are in charge despite being a man down; they win a kickable penalty. Hegarty calls for the tee.

71.00: MISS! Oh, dear! The fullback misses his third kick, an important one too. 26-26

73.00: Hegarty redeems himself with a 50-20, but the home team’s lineout butchers the attack.

75.00: Hooper is caught offsides. O’Connor relieves Hegarty from kicking duties.

76.00: PENALTY! James O’Connor makes no mistake, he loves kicking winners. 29-26

78.00: Superb work at the breakdown by the Reds to win a relieving penalty.

79.00: Queensland is edging towards the NSW 22, slowing the game down and running down the clock.

80.00: Another penalty to the hosts, who will take another shot at goal.

81.00: PENALTY! O’Connor does it again. 32-26


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The final score is Reds 32 (19) Waratahs 26 (13)


Tries – Wright, Daugunu, McDermott, Wilson
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – Hegarty (3)
Drop –
Cards – Tupou (Yellow, 67′)

Tries – Johnson-Holmes, Maddocks
Pen – Harrison (4)
Con – Harrison (2)
Drop –
Cards – Bell (Yellow, 28′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Ian Smith


Queensland Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Harry Hoopert

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott Young, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 23 Josh Flook


15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Joey Walton, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Will Harris, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Tiaan Tauakipulu, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Michael McDonald, 22 Ben Donaldson, 23 Tepai Moeroa

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