Super Rugby

Reds beat Waratahs in Sydney




The New South Wales Waratahs and Queensland Reds have met 35 times in Super Rugby, the Waratahs have won 19 matches, lost 15, and drawn once.

The Waratahs have played the Reds 16 times at home in Super Rugby, winning 10 games, and losing six times.

  • The Queensland Reds have won two of their last three Super Rugby encounters with the NSW Waratahs after having lost their 11 consecutive meetings prior; they’ll now hunt for back-to-back wins against the Waratahs for the first time since 2013.
  • The Queensland Reds have won two of their last three away games in Super Rugby and will be looking to log back-to-back away wins for the first time since April 2013 after picking up a 2-point win over the Brumbies in their last away game.
  • The Waratahs have the lowest tackle success rate (78%) in their own 22m zone of any team this Super Rugby AU season and six percentage points lower than the Queensland Reds (84%).
  • The Queensland Reds have scored seven tries in the final quarter of their games this Super Rugby AU campaign, the most of any team in the competition; the Waratahs (6) have conceded the most of any team in this period.
  • Alex Newsome has scored a try in two of his last three home games for NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby AU and has scored a try in each of his last two home games against the Queensland Reds.
  • Izaia Perese returns for the Tahs after a three-match suspension.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! we are underway down under at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

2.00: Suliasi Vunivalu takes out Jack Maddocks in the air, the League convert is still learning the laws of Union.

3.00: Lukhan Salakaia-Loto is caught offside, although the referee blows up Tate McDermott – Will Harrison calls for the tee.

4.00: PENALTY! Will Harrison opens the scoring from in front. 3-0

5.00: Angus Scott-Young joins the ruck from the side after Jock Campbell juggles a high ball, and is isolated.

6.00: PENALTY! Harrison doubles his side’s lead. 6-0

8.00: Jack Maddocks makes a wonderful tackle to stop a Reds counter-attack.

9.00: Queensland stray offside at the lineout, it was Scott-Young again with the infringement.

10.00: A mistake from standoff Harrison, who boots the ball directly into touch gifting the Reds an attacking lineout on New South Wales’ 10m.

11.00: Hugh Sinclair and Harry Johnson-Holmes both caught offside by referee Graham Cooper. Reds kick to the corner.

12.00: Brandon Paenga-Amosa throws a wild pass behind James O’Connor, and the Waratahs almost make them pay, but a knock-on gives the Reds a scrum.

13.00: TRY! Tate McDermott breaks off the back of the scrum and cuts inside two defenders and carries two more over the line with him. That was out of the Joost van der Westhuizen playbook. 6-5

14.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor adds the extras. 6-7

17.00: Both teams going to the air as they search for territory. It’s the hosts who win the mini-battle after the Reds infringe. Maddocks boots NSW into the Reds’ 22.

19.00: Another promising attack for the Tahs ends with Tetera Faulkner knocking-on in contact.

21.00: Both teams keep throwing away possession as they look to keep the ball-in-hand and go to the wide channels. The turnovers are mounting.

22.00: Queensland wins a penalty, O’Connor goes to the corner.

23.00: NSW wins a crucial turnover after Brandon Paenga-Amosa, O’Connor, and Suliasi Vunivalu combine from a neat lineout move; however, Vunivalu loses possession, and the hosts clear.

25.00: Jock Campbell knocks-on under no pressure after the Reds go through seven phases inside the opposition’s 22. The Reds look like they think they will score 50 against the Tahs; it might not be so simple if you do not do the basics right.

27.00: The Reds have all the play as they look for a second score. But mistakes keep hampering Brad Thron’s men, who look off their game and are making a lot of unforced errors.

28.00: Seru Uru isolates Maddocks and wins the penalty. O’Connor – yet again – opts to kick to the corner. Maybe take the points in a tight contest.

29.00: TRY! Well, well. This time the visitors get their driving maul going. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto scores in the corner after Uru broke off the rolling maul, and McDermott shifted the ball to the sideline to the lock. 6-12

31.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 6-14

32.00: O’Connor clears to just outside his 22.

34.00: The first time the home team enters the visitor’s 22, they lose a turnover which sets O’Connor away down the touchline. The standoff played Fraser McReight, in support, but the flanker is tackled before playing the supporting McDermott, who loses possession. Eventually, Rob Penney’s men earn a welcome reprieve after a knock-on by the visitors.

35.00: Fraser McReight wins possession, and the Reds counter-attack inside the opposition’s 22. Thorn’s men go nine phases, lose the ball, but we come back for a penalty after Johnson-Holmes strays offsides. O’Connor calls for the tee, this time.

36.00: PENALTY! O’Connor extends the lead to 11 points. 6-17

38.00: Waratahs are looking dangerous, but a knock-on kills their best passage of play, so far. NSW gets a penalty allowing Harrison to take a shot before the break.

39.00: PENALTY! Harrison knocks the kick over. 9-17

40.00: Tahs mistake from the kick-off sets the Reds away.

41.00: TRY! Filipo Daugunu scores after the hooter following Vunivalu’s touchline break on the opposite sideline. O’Connor sees Jordan Petaia and Daugunu alone on the opposite sideline and dinks a crossfield kick. The winger gathered the ball and danced around the defender to score. 9-22

42.00: MISS! O’Connor pushes the kick wide of the posts. 9-22

The halftime score was New South Wales 9 Queensland 22

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Sydney.

43.00: NO TRY! A mistake by Jordan Petaia, under pressure by David Porecki, almost leads to an Izaia Perese score. however, the centre lost the ball forward before diving over the line. 9-22

45.00: A big scrum by the Reds as they destroy their opposing pack and win the penalty.

47.00: A mistake at the lineout gives the visitors another shot at clearing their lines.

50.00: TRY! Yet another counter-attack from deep ends with Taniela Tupou stepping his way past Carlo Tizzano to score in the corner. 9-27

52.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 9-27

54.00: TRY! Will Harris takes Lalakai Foketi’s pass and scores his team’s first try of the game. 14-27

55.00: MISS! Harrison cannot convert. 14-27

58.00: It’s all Reds, who look dangerous with ball-in-hand, it is only a matter of time.

62.00: TRY! Another dominant driving maul destroys the opposition’s pack. Mafi flops over for his fourth try of the season. 14-32

63.00: CONVERSION! Bryce Hegarty slots the kick. 14-34

65.00: Tahs in a good position, seven metres out, to get another try.

66.00: The throw goes over the Waratahs’ jumpers, the Reds counter-attack all the way to the opposition’s 22 thanks to Daugunu and Petaia. Hegarty boots the resulting penalty to the corner.

67.00: YELLOW CARD! Hugh Sinclair goes to the bin. The Reds power their way to the line, but the maul is sacked. They go again. 14-34

68.00: TRY! Mafi has a brace after another powerful driving maul. 14-39

68.00: MISS! Hegarty hits the post from in front. 14-39

70.00: The Waratahs go close but are held-up over the line; they did have a penalty advantage and go to the corner.

72.00: YELLOW CARD! Zane Nonggorr goes to the bin. 14-39

75.00: Brilliant defending by Queensland as they stop the Tahs, who looked certain to score, and counter-attacked from their line. The Tahs’ scramble defence saves their blushes, but they leave the 22 empty-handed.

77.00: TRY! HAT-TRICK! Mafi has a treble after bashing his way over under the posts. 14-44

78.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-46

80.00: Chance for the Reds to notch a half-century.

81.00: McDermott drops a crossfield kick, that’s the ball-game.


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The final score is NSW Waratahs 14 (9) Queensland Reds 46 (22)


Tries – Harris
Pen – Harrison (3)
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Sinclair (Yellow, 67′)

Tries – McDermott, Salakaia-Loto, Daugunu, Tupou, Mafi (3)
Pen – O’Connor
Con – O’Connor (2), Hegarty (2)
Drop –
Cards – Nonggorr (Yellow, 72′)

Match Officials
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan way
Assistant Ref 2: Amy Perrett
TMO: James Leckie


NSW Waratahs

15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome (captain), 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Izaia Perese, 11 James Ramm, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jack Grant, 8 Will Harris, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 5 Sam Caird, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 David Porecki, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Jeremy Williams, 20 Max Douglas, 21 Henry Robertson, 22 Tane Edmed, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase

Queensland Reds

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Seru Uru, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander

 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Harry Wilson, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Bryce Hegarty

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