The Waratahs have played the Lions 20 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Waratahs have won 14 matches and lost six times.
The Waratahs 14 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 70% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.
- New South Wales have lost their last five Super Rugby games against the Lions; they had won six in a row against the Johannesburg club before that run.
- The ‘Tahs have lost their last five games, their longest winless run in Super Rugby since losing nine in a row across the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.
- Rob Penney’s men sit bottom of the Australia Conference and are yet to register a win in their three matches.
- The Lions have conceded 24 penalties so far this Super Rugby campaign, fewer than any other side, while NSW has conceded the second-fewest after four rounds (27).
- The Lions have spent an average of 18 minutes and eight seconds per game in possession of the ball this season, longer than any other side, while only the Crusaders (122) have averaged more carries than the side from Johannesburg (119).
- Lions scrum-half Morne van den Berg has a gain-line success rate of 82%, the best rate of any player to make 10+ carries this campaign.
- Ivan van Rooyen’s side has only managed one win this season, which was against the Reds in Round 2.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Australia.
2.00: The conditions are perfect in Sydney, cool but dry with a hard pitch.
4.00: TRY! Angus Bell shrugs off a tackle and is in for his first Super Rugby try. Michael Hooper’s well-timed pass sent the 19-year-old loosehead prop away for the ‘Tahs’ opening score. 0-5
5.00: CONVERSION! Will Harrison adds the extras. 7-0
7.00: It’s all Waratahs in the early exchanges in Sydney.
8.00: The Lions get a breather, winning a penalty at the breakdown.
9.00: YELLOW CARD! Ruben Schoeman is sent to the naughty step after an altercation with Rob Simmons. 7-0
10.00: TRY! A sweeping attack ends with Lachlan Swinton swallow diving over in the far corner to extend the lead. 12-0
12.00: CONVERSION! Harrison slots the touchline kick. 14-0
14.00: Lions win a penalty; Elton Jantjies will take a rare shot at goal.
15.00: PENALTY! Jantjies puts the Lions on the board. 14-3
16.00: The Waratahs are on the attack after the restart.
17.00: TRY! Jack Dempsey goes over in the right-hand corner; it’s the third try from a forward, the second in the far corner. 19-3
18.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 19-3
21.00: Rob Penney’s men have been fantastic; they’ve been clinical, playing the game with pace and intensity not seen in a long time.
22.00: TIME OFF! Referee Angus Gardner is checking for foul play by Swinton.
22.00: YELLOW CARD! Swinton is off! 19-3
23.00: Jantjies is off for an HIA.
24.00: TRY! A superb driving maul cannot be stopped by the hosts. Marnus Schoeman gets up with the ball. 19-8
25.00: CONVERSION! Andries Coetzee takes over kicking duties while Jantjies is off, and he makes no mistake from wide. 19-10
27.00: Harrison calls for the tee.
29.00: OH DEAR! MISS! Harrison pulls his kick wide from right in front. 19-10
31.00: Marnus Schoeman wins the penalty at the ruck. Coetzee’s doesn’t find touch and the ‘Tahs counter-attack from deep. Several phases later, the Lions win the turnover. It’s slow ball, so the visitors kick.
32.00: Lions have a lineout on halfway.
34.00: Free kick at the scrum to the Waratahs. the game has lost its zip in the last 10 minutes.
37.00: Both teams look sluggish; not sure what’s happened to the ‘Tahs.
40.00: Waratahs go a dozen phases but cannot score.
The halftime score was Waratahs 19 Lions 10
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in western Sydney.
43.00: The second stanza has begun with a couple of handling errors from both teams.
44.00: Reset scrum after the first set-piece is wheeled.
46.00: We are only scrumming down for the fourth time this evening, but as usual, we have a few resets.
49.00: The game has no fire anymore; it’s slow, with no energy and very stop-start.
50.00: Demsey almost intercepts Jantjies, but he cannot gather the loose pass.
51.00: Carlu Sadie shakes his head as he walks back after being pinged for the second time in the scrum.
52.00: ‘Tahs opt for another scrum, but it is reset.
55.00: TRY! Hacjivah Dayimani cannot hold onto the ball. The Hooper, who made the tackle, gathers the loose pass and plays Kurtley Beale on his inside. Jack Maddocks slips the tackle and the Tahs go all the way with a sweeping move reminiscent of the opening 20 minutes before James Ramm, on debut, crosses in the corner. 24-10
57.00: MISS! The conversion is no good! 24-10
59.00: Angus Gardner speaks to both front rows; he is losing his patience.
63.00: Lineout to the Lions after winning a scrum-penalty.
64.00: TRY! Marnus Schoeman has his second from quick-ball at the ruck after Daniel Kriel’s strong run and carry was stopped short of the line. The Lions recycled at speed and sent the flanker over the goal-line and under the posts. 24-15
64.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies takes the kick quickly. 24-17
67.00: MISS! Beale takes a shot at goal, but he also cannot find his radar. 24-17
69.00: Some poor kicking options by NSW ends with a scrum to the hosts. We are getting to the business end as the clock ticks down.
72.00: Penalty to the hosts, Beale calls for the tee.
74.00: MISS! Beale pulls his kick well wide. 24-17
76.00: Morné van den Berg gathered the grubber kick, but he is tackled into touch inside his 22.
77.00: TRY! A superb front of the lineout move ends with Tetera Faulkner crashing over to seal the deal. Hooper kept the attack going before some deft hands and inter-play among the big man culminated in the bonus-point winner. 29-17
78.00: MISS! Beale is having a shocker. 29-17
81.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is kicked out and the ‘Tahs get their first win of the 2020 Super Rugby campaign.
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The final score is Waratahs 29 (19) Lions 17 (10)
Tries – Bell, Swinton, Dempsey, Ramm, Faulkner
Con – Harrison (2)
Cards – Swinton (Yellow, 22′)
Tries – M. Schoeman (2)
Pen – Jantjies
Con – Coetzee, Jantjies
Cards – R. Schoeman (Yellow, 9′)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: James Quinn
TMO: Ian Smith
Head Coach: Rob Penney
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 James Ramm.
Head Coach: Ivan van Rooyen
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Daniel Kriel, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Frans Van Wyk, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Morné van den Berg, 23 Wandisile Simelane.