Waratahs beat Cheetahs in Sydney



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The Waratahs have rested captain Phil Waugh for this match and Cheetahs captain Juan Smith has stayed behind in South Africa due to personal reasons.

Both teams then will play this one without their regular captains.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The match is underway.


1.00: The Cheetahs start well and work the ball up to the Waratahs line but they turn the ball over and boot it to safety.


5.00: The light rain that is coming down is preventing running rugby.


7.00: The Waratahs get some good ball and get into the Cheetahs 25 for the first time. The Cheetahs give away a penalty so Halangahu takes the kick and nails it.


13.00: The Waratahs get some better ball on a wet night and Barnes boots the ball up for Turner but he gets pushed into touch.


16.00: Luke Burgess has a dart forward as the Waratahs are gaining the ascendancy. The Cheetahs are forced into giving a penalty away.


17.00: Daniel Halangahu nails the penalty. Possession and territory now in favour of the Waratahs.


22.00:The Cheetahs attempt to clear the ball downfield but Meyer Bosman kicks the ball straight into touch so we go back to where he kicked it.


25.00: The Waratahs are all over the Cheetahs as Barnes stays up after an ankle tap and he passes to Kurtley Beale who gets the Waratahs to within 5m. The Waratahs recycle and Baxter comes close but they swing the ball wide for Rob Horne who goes over for the first try of the match.


26.00:Halangahu adds the conversion.


28.00: Naas Olivier gives away a penalty so Waratahs captain Dean Mumm says they will kick to the corner.


29.00: Waratahs win the line out. They move the ball to the centre of the field in front of the posts but the maul is brought down so the Waratahs get a penalty.


30.00: They pick and drive but the Cheetahs turn it over and kick to safety.


34.00: The Cheetahs give away a penalty at the scrum so Halangahu takes a shot at posts.


35.00: Halangahu takes the shot and nails it.


37.00: From the restart the Waratahs get blown up for obstruction so Naas Olivier takes the penalty kick and puts the Cheetahs on the board.


40.10: The siren goes as the Waratahs are on attack. They keep the ball alive and send the ball wide.


41.00: Benn Robinson appears over the line with the ball – referee checks – it’s a try.


42.00: Halangahu takes the conversion and nails it. That’s it – half time.


The half time score was Waratahs 23 Cheetahs 3


The second half is underway.


43.00: The Waratahs get the perfect start as Al Baxter scores his first try in Super Rugby history on the day he earned his 100th Super Rugby cap.


44.00: Daniel Halangahu takes the conversion and misses.


45.00: Kurtley Beale takes an intercept pass and darts off – he is chased by Danwel Demas but manages to get the ball down for the bonus point try.


46.00: Halangahu misses the conversion.


50.00: The Cheetahs attack but they kick the ball up and Beale takes the ball and makes the mark. Tatafu Polota-Nau comes off for the Waratahs.


54.00: The Waratahs manage to create a break and Drew Mitchell runs making some good ground but falls over. He passes …..the ball as he falls to the Cheetahs who boot the ball straight to the Tahs who boot the ball out.


56.00: The Waratahs win a penalty as they attack for offside. They choose the line out which they win.  The Cheetahs defend the maul however and turnover possession. 


61.00: The Cheetahs get their best attacking phase but give away a free kick so Halangahu boots the ball to safety.


63.00: The Cheetahs attack and get to within a meter of the line. The Waratahs give away a penalty so the Cheetahs drive again. Then again the Waratahs give away a penalty and get an official warning for not rolling away.


64.00: On the third go at the line the Cheetahs knock on.


66.00: The Waratahs come close to scoring their fifth try but the ball goes out.


68.00: The Cheetahs are pressing the Waratahs back in their 25. As the Waratahs try to run the ball out the Cheetahs win a penalty. They kick for touch.


70.00: Either the Cheetahs are getting stronger or the Waratahs are relaxing.


71.00: Cheetahs drive the ball up to and over the line. Bodies everywhere so we go upstairs to check if a try has been scored. After some confusion by the TMO who does not appear to know the rules the referee checks with his touchie and then awards the try to WP Nel.


72.00: Naas Olivier adds the conversion.


77.00: The Waratahs look to finish on a high and they create the overlap and Josh Holmes runs in a try that was set up by Carter and Caldwell.


78.00: Berrick Barnes takes the conversion and nails it.


79.00: From the restart the Waratahs take their eye off the ball and Corné Uys darts straight through the middle and scores under the posts.


80.00: Naas Olivier adds the conversion. Thats it. Waratahs win.



The final score is Waratahs 40 Cheetahs 17


Tries – R Horne, B Robinson , A Baxter, K Beale ,J. Holmes
Pen – D Halangahu 3
Con – D Halangahu 2, B Barnes
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – WP Nel, C Uys
Pen – N Olivier
Con – N Olivier 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Aus), James Leckie (Aus)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Aus)


Waratahs – 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm (c), 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.

Reserves: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 Locky McCaffrey, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Tom Carter, 22 Sosene Anesi.

Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Barend Pieterse, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Walti Vermeulen, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.

Reserves: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Davon Raubenheimer, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Corné Uys, 22 Riaan Viljoen.

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