Super Rugby

Waratahs beat Cheetahs in Sydney




Super Rugby moves from New Zealand to Australia in the third match on Saturday’s Round 11 matches as the Waratahs host the Cheetahs.

Match detail

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Clayton Blommetjies kicks off and the match is underway.

1.00: The Waratahs work the ball through five phases but then lose the ball. The Cheetahs kick and chase the ball and the Waratahs have to scramble and take the ball into touch.

2.00: The Cheetahs win the line out and run the ball at the Waratahs. The Waratahs are caught offside which gives the Cheetahs a penalty.

3.00: Fred Zeilinga takes the penalty kick and nails it. Cheetahs lead.

4.00: The Waratahs win a penalty in the Cheetahs half. Bernard Foley will have a shot at poles.

6.00: Foley takes the kick and nails it to level the scores.

10.00: The Cheetahs knock on so the Waratahs have a scrum. The Scrum has to be reset as the turf is ripping up.

12.00: Scrum Penalty to the Waratahs as Luan de Bruin was angling in. Foley will take a shot at poles.

13.00: Foley takes the kick and nails it. The Waratahs lead.

15.00: Wil Skelton’s shirt has been ripped off. The game is held up while he gets a replacement.

16.00: Penalty again at the scrum to the Waratahs. They kick for touch.

19.00: There is a break in play as Will Skelton has injured his shoulder.

20.00: The Cheetahs win a scrum and Tian Meyer chips and chases the ball and gets within inches of the line before Andrew Kellaway tackles him into touch. The Waratahs win the line out and clear the ball.

22.00: The Waratahs scrum powers over the Cheetahs scrum. Willie Britz who was the first to collapse gets trampled over. The medics come in and sort him out.

25.00: The Waratahs win a line out and run the ball. Beale almost gets through but is caught. The Waratahs keep the ball moving on attack.

27.00: The Waratahs set up a scrum in the Cheetahs 22 about 8m out. The Waratahs win the scrum – they have the advantage – and go wide. Reece Robinson is tackled as he goes over in the corner. The TMO checks. The TRY is awarded.

28.00: The conversion by Foley goes wide.

31.00: Fred Zeilinga nails a penalty for the Cheetahs.

32.00: Both teams using the boot. The ball goes from end to end. Clayton Blommetjies knocks the ball on which ends the kicking contest.

34.00: The Waratahs work the ball into the Cheetahs 22, Foley shrugs off a tackle and races for the line and scores. TRY!

35.00: Foley adds the conversion. Will Skelton limps off injured.

38.00: The Cheetahs knock on which gives the Waratahs a scrum.

39.00: The scrum has to be reset and moved due to the pitch tearing up.

40.00: The siren sounds. A minute passes before the scrum engages. The Waratahs win the scrum and kick the ball into touch.

Its half time.

The half time score was Waratahs 18 Cheetahs 6

The Waratahs kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: Penalty to the Waratahs from the scrum – Henco Venter reaching into the scrum to pick up the ball. Foley will take the kick.

42.00: Foley slots the penalty.

45.00: The Waratahs concede a penalty at the scrum. The Cheetahs kick for touch.

46.00: The Cheetahs win the line out and run the ball but they knock on. A bit of a fight breaks out and then dies down.

49.00: The Waratahs press the Cheetahs back into their 22. The Cheetahs turn the ball over and kick upfield. Beale stabs the ball back and into touch.

51.00: The Cheetahs win the line out and Zeilinga kicks deep. He doesnt find touch and Beale gets back and kicks the ball into touch. Beale took the ball into the 22 so the line out is on the 22m line.

51.00: The Cheetahs win the line out but then knock on.

52.00: Nick Phipps tries to clear the ball at the back of a ruck but it gets charged down. The Cheetahs pounce on the ball and attack. After a couple of phases they win a penalty. They kick for touch even though its in front of the posts.

55.00: The Cheetahs win the line out. They move the ball to the middle of the field but the Waratahs turn it over and kick for touch.

56.00: The Cheetahs again win the line out and they run the ball. The Waratahs turn the ball over and Beale boots it well upfield.

57.00: After the line out the Cheetahs win a penalty as Dean Mumm is offside. Blommetjies kicks for touch.

60.00: It’s a scrappy match with no shortage of handling errors from both sides. This time the Waratahs pass the ball down the line but the ball goes to ground.

61.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for the Cheetahs scrum angling in.

63.00: The Waratahs choose the line out for the penalty. The Waratahs win the line out but then knock on. The scrum has to be reset.

64.00; The Cheetahs win the scrum and boot the ball well upfield.  Ned Hanigan who was a late call up on the bench comes on to make his debut for the Waratahs and Wycliff Palu comes off.

65.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for offside. The Waratahs kick for touch and the line out.

66.00: The Waratahs win another penalty so again they kick for the corner. They win the line out and use the maul. They go wide and then Beale kicks to the corner. Reece Robinson slides to get the ball which bounces over him. Let off for the Cheetahs.

70.00: Scrum penalty to the Cheetahs . They kick for touch and the line out. They win the line out, use the maul and then use the box kick. The Waratahs start their counter attack by keeping the ball in the forwards through two phases and then kick upfield.

74.00: Penalty to the Waratahs. They kick to the touchline as another try would earn them the bonus point.

76.00: The Waratahs win the line out but their handling lets them down. Knock on.

77.00: Sergeal Petersen limps off for the Cheetahs.

78.00: Penalty against the Cheetahs. The Waratahs run the ball but lose it. The Cheetahs counter attack.

79.00: Yet another penalty to the Waratahs. There will be a break in play as Willie Britz is injured. 20 seconds left on the clock.

80.00: The siren sounds and the Waratahs attack. They go wide and they get the overlap. Israel Folau races to the corner and scores. The TMO checks – no try. Thats it.

The Waratahs have won.

The full time score is Waratahs 21 (18) Cheetahs 6 (6)


Tries -R. Robinson, B.Foley
Pen – B.Foley 3
Con – B.Foley
Drop –
Cards –

Tries –
Pen – F.Zeilinga 2
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : George Ayoub

Attendance : 15 097



1. Paddy Ryan , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Tom Robertson , 4. David Dennis (VC) 5. Will Skelton, 6. Dean Mumm, 7. Michael Hooper (C) 8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Israel Folau , 14. Reece Robinson , 15. Andrew Kellaway ,

Replacements:16. Hugh Roach , 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Angus Ta’avao , 19. Sam Lousi , 20. Ned Hanigan , 21. Matt Lucas, 22. David Horwitz, 23. Matt Carraro,


1. Ox Nche , 2. Elandre Huggett , 3. Luan de Bruin , 4. Carl Wegner , 5. Francois Uys (vc) , 6. Willie Britz , 7. Oupa Mohoje , 8. Henco Venter , 9. Tian Meyer , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 11. Raymond Rhule , 12. Francois Venter (C) , 13. Nico Lee , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 15. Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld , 17. Charles Marais , 18. Maks van Dyk , 19. Lodewyk de Jager , 20. Uzair Cassiem , 21. Shaun Venter , 22. Niel Marais , 23. Michael van der Spuy


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