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Waratahs thrash Rebels in Sydney



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The final match in Super Rugby Round 13 is in Sydney today, where the Waratahs host Melbourne’s Rebels.

These teams have already played each other once this season, in March, with the Waratahs won 25-32.

In total, they have played 12 times in the tournament, the Tahs being victorious in 10 of those clashes.

The Melbourne team has a good record on Sunday’s, winning three of their past four Sunday matches, including, beating the Sydney franchise, last season; perhaps, this is a lucky omen?

However, both Australian teams have had a tough time of it recently, winning a combined two games of their last 10, although, the Rebels did get a draw against the Sharks in Durban.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: BEEP! BEEP! The last game of Round 13 is underway. The Rebels lose the ball in their first attack, so the Waratahs have the scrum on their 22.

2.00: Rebels captain Reece Hodge is down. The medical staff have put him on a stretcher and he is out of the game. Sione Tuipulotu is on for his skipper. The visitors win a scrum penalty and opt for goal.

4.00: MISS! Ben Volavola pushes his kick to the right and the game remains scoreless.

6.00: The Rebels come steaming back and win another penalty after Will Skelton is penalised for not rolling away.

6.00: PENALTY! Ben Volavola doesn’t miss this time, although, the kick was about 10 metres out and in front of the posts.

8.00: TRY Nick Phipps! The scrumhalf collects Bernard Foley’s pass after the standoff made a break. Foley collected the quick ball from Phipps after Tom Robertson’s storming run, he threw a dummy and sent the No 9 away.

9.00: The conversion is good by Foley.

11.00: PENALTY! Volavola kicks his second penalty and the gap is only one point.

15.00: MISS! Volavola misses his second penalty inside the opening quarter.

17.00: YELLOW CARD Tolu Latu! Angus Gardner had to go to his pocket. The Waratahs had committed seven penalty infringements in 18 minutes. 

18.00: Dean Mumm is pinged for not releasing. The referee is not impressed and speaks to Michael Hooper about the multiple infringements. Hooper is not impressed but Gardner is not buying his bread.

19.00: TRY Amanaki Mafi! The Rebels decide for a scrum, it is reset, then the No 8 picks up and drives over. 

20.00: MISS! Volavola misses from close range; he’s not got his radar today.

22.00: The Waratahs have some ball and they are back inside the visitors’ half. They get another scrum and go wide, but lose it forwards.

25.00: Ben Meehan finds a big touch finder from the back of the scrum. The Tahs will have the lineout inside their territory. The home team can’t get their hands on the ball.

27.00: The Rebels go close but Jackson Garden-Bachop’s pass to Meehan is intercepted by Taqele Naiyaravoro. Boy, that was close. Naiyaravoro saved the day. Latu is back on after 10 minutes in the bin.

29.00: The Rebels have another attacking scrum, close to the Waratahs’ 22, but Hooper wins a penalty at the breakdown; that was the first penalty against the visitors.

30.00: TRY Dean Mumm! The lock barges down the sideline after Hooper’s initial break. The Waratahs set up some quick ball and send it through five pairs of hands before Mumm crashes over. On replay, the referee missed a forward pass in the build-up from the home team’s skipper. 

31.00: Foley can’t add the two points, but his side has the lead.

34.00: TRY Ned Hanigan! The Waratahs come straight back down, and after some sustained pressure, they go quickly, Foley sends the ball to the right and the flanker runs in to score.

35.00: Foley adds the extras this time. 

38.00: The Rebels give away another penalty and Foley kicks to touch.

40.00: Lopeti Timani steals the ball, saving the day after Tom Robertson got isolated near the Rebels try-line.

41.00: TRY Israel Folau! Taqele Naiyaravoro made the break, running over two defenders and shrugging off another before popping to Folau on his outside, running a good support line, for his sixth try of the season.

42.00: MISS! Foley has missed again, this time from the wide right.

43.00: BEEP! BEEP! That is it for the first 40 minutes in Sydney.

The half-time score was Waratahs 24 Rebels 11

41.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway in Sydney, in the last game of the weekend. The home team has fought back well after going down early and having a man sent to the bin.

46.00: YELLOW CARD! Bernard Foley. The Waratahs lose the ball and the Rebels counter-attack. They go into the 22 and are offloading left, right and centre. Foley knocks down the ball and it’s deliberate. He’s off.

48.00: TRY Jonah Placid! Mafi goes close after the Rebels take it quickly, the ball is recycled and the substitute scores. 

49.00: Conversion is good. The Rebels cut the deficit to six. 

52.00: TRY Folau gets his second and 43rd in Super Rugby. the Tahs went wide, sent the ball through the hands and the Wallaby fullback dots down.

53.00:  David Horwitz takes over kicking duties while Foley is off, but it’s wide.

58.00: The substitutes are flooding the field. Phipps is held up short and the Tahs lose the ball in a mix-up.

60.00: TRY Placid! Mafi makes the break, charging through the ruck. The Rebels go quickly, send the ball wide with some smart hands and Placid, roles over the whitewash. 

61.00: Miss! Both kickers are not having a good day.

66.00: Both teams are making too many handling errors.

67.00: TRY Michael Hooper! The skipper is in for the try. Folau starts the move, Foley plays a one-two and Hopper shrugs of a challenge, juggles, then scores. 

68.00: Foley hits it straight down the middle. 

73.00: TRY Damien Fitzpatrick! Wow. Ned Hanigan runs through three defenders and sets up the hooker’s try. 

74.00: Foley adds the extras.

77.00: The Waratahs are looking for number eight, it is only their hands that are letting them down.

80.00: TRY Bryce Hegarty! It’s Folau again, the fullback ghosting through the Rebels defence and sending Hegarty away. Foley adds the extras and brings up the 50 points


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Final score is Waratahs 50 (24) Rebels 23 (11)


Tries – Phipps, Mumm, Hanigan, Folau (2), Hooper, Fitzpatrick, Hegarty
Pen –
Con – Foley (5)
Drop –
Cards – Latu (Yellow, 17th minute)

Tries – Mafi, Placid (2)
Pen – Volavola (2)
Con – Volavola
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2: Amy Perrett
TMO: George Ayoub



15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 David McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Irae Simone.


15 Ben Volavola, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge (c), 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.

Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Esei Haangana, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Jonah Placid

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