Waratahs hang in for Cheetahs victory



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The Waratahs secured their fourth win of the season beating the Cheetahs in Sydney by 23 points to 19. The Cheetahs outscored the Waratahs by three tries to two but Kurtley Beale’s boot probed to be reliable.

The match was a game of two halves as the Waratahs put in an improved performance in the first half.


In the second half the match belonged to the Cheetahs and the Waratahs will be counting themselves as lucky for coming away with the victory.

The Waratahs nearly scored from the opening kickoff. Kurtley Beale regathered his own chip kick and set off for the line, but as he lunged to plant the ball for a try, he lost possession.

Beale did eventually open the scoring with a 17th minute penalty goal.

The Waratahs scored their first try in the 22nd minute. New South Wales captain Phil Waugh intercepted a pass from Cheetahs five-eighth Jacques-Louis Potgieter and quickly shuffled the ball on to Lachie Turner on the left wing, who touched down under the posts.

Beale’s conversion made it 10-0 but the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs came back with a try in the corner to lock David de Villiers, which center Meyer Bosman converted from the sideline.

Flanker Rocky Elsom restored the Waratahs’ 10-point lead when he charged 20 meters, beat several defenders and dummied past the last to score in the 30th minute. Beale added the conversion plus a penalty in the 37th minute.

Jongi Nokwe and Flip Van Der Merwe scored second-half tries to help pull the score to 20-19 before Beale’s penalty clinched the match for the home side.

“It was a game we thought we could win, so it’s very disappointing to lose another one,” said Cheetahs captain Rory Duncan.

Waugh said the Waratahs had the Cheetahs “on the ropes a couple of times.”

“That first half was pretty good, but I guess in the end it was good to hang on,” added Waugh. “They really got back into it in the second half.”

The Cheetahs are now winless after seven rounds. 

Waratahs 23 Cheetahs 19





Tries – Lachlan Turner ,Rocky Elsom

Pen – Kurtley Beale (3)

Con – Kurtley Beale (2)



Tries – David de Villiers, Jongi Nokwe, Flip vd Merwe

Pen –

Con – Meyer Bosman (2)


Friday March 28
: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees : Brent Murray (New Zealand), Damian Mitchelmore (Australia)
TV Match Official : George Ayoub (Australia)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Wayne Erickson (Australia)




1. Benn Robinson,2. Tatafu Polota-Nau ,3. Matt Dunning^ ,4. Dean Mumm ,5. Dan Vickerman ,6. Rocky Elsom ,7. Phil Waugh [c] ,8. Wycliff Palu ,9. Brett Sheehan ,10. Kurtley Beale ,11. Lote Tuqiri ,12. Tom Carter ,13. Ben Jacobs ,14. Lachie Turner ,15. Sam Norton-Knight
Reserves:16. Adam Freier,17. Al Baxter ,18. Will Caldwell,19. Beau Robinson,20. Josh Valentine,21. Daniel Halangahu,22. Rob Horne
^ 91st NSW Cap ‘ sixth highest all time


Hennie Daniller; Eddie Fredericks, Hendrik Meyer, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Duanne Vermeulen, Darron Nel, Heinrich Brussow, David de Villiers, Rory Duncan (c), CJ van der Linde, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.



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